Introduction to Microbiology
Microbiology is the study of tiny, microscopic organisms, known as microbes or microorganisms. Although much of this lesson focuses on harmful microorganisms prevalent in health care settings, not all microorganisms are bad. The treatment and prevention of the diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi have only been possible because of microbiology. In fact antibiotics were discovered through microbiology, as were vaccines and other treatments.
As part of the study of microbiology, learners will explore how infection occurs and spreads. In this introductory lesson we begin to provide the knowledge and information necessary for environmental services leaders to form effective partnerships across disciplines in their facilities to prevent and control the transmission of infections.