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Microbiology and Immunity

Graduate Certificate


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 12
Cost Per Credit: $1100
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Program Details

The Microbiology and Immunity Graduate Certificate program provides advanced education in basic and clinical concepts of microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases. 

In this program, you will learn detailed, medically relevant knowledge of essential topics in bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, and immunology. This knowledge will prepare you for various biomedical science specialties, a research career, as well as further graduate or medical education. 

The Department of Immunobiology engages in medical and graduate student teaching and performs research on all aspects of host/microbe interaction, immune system function and dysfunction, and microbial pathogenesis. The core mission of the Department of Immunobiology is to perform cutting-edge research and disseminate its results through the teaching of new health professionals and scientists.

The program can be completed either independently or concurrently as a complement to another graduate program.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The Microbiology and Immunity Graduate Certificate consists of a total of 12 units. Courses include:

IMB501: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
IMB502: Medical Microbiology Basics
IMB504: Medical Virology Basics
IMB506: Human Immunology
IMB/MIC533: Medical and Molecular Virology
CMM533: Molecular Medicine
CMM535: Genetic Medicine



Earning your Graduate Certificate in Microbiology and Immunity will build core skills, including:

  • Conducting research
  • Research design
  • Research analysis
  • Scientific literature evaluation
  • Scientific concepts
  • Discipline-specific knowledge
  • Data interpretation
  • Problem solving
  • Communication

Graduates of the Microbiology and Immunity Graduate Certificate program will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Research
  • Biomedical Science
  • Public Health
  • Infection Control