About Medical Microbiology & Parasitology ( Activities & Objective )


Medical and Dental Students rotate through the department twice during the course of their training; block I (Introductory) and block II (Postings).

Block I

During the introductory block, the students are introduced to the basic principles of Pathogenicity, Virulence, Staining techniques, Microscopy.

The lectures cover Bacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, Immunology of Microbial Infections and Medical Virology.

Practical sessions on Microscopy, Microbial Staining techniques, Culture techniques as well as basic principles of infection prevention and control.

Tutorials are also conducted where clinically relevant scenarios and case reviews

are discussed.


Block II

Block II posting gives a broader insight into the clinical implications of infections due to different micro-organisms, rational use of anti-microbial agents, overview of antibiotics stewardship and infection prevention and control.

Practical sessions take the students through various stages involved in diagnosis of infectious diseases, antibiotic susceptibility testing and interpretation of laboratory results.


  1. To provide basic knowledge of pathogenesis of infectious diseases.
  2. To promote rational antibiotic use.
  3. To introduce students to basic infection prevention and control.
  4. To provide knowledge of micro-organisms that are of medical importance; their characteristics, pathogenicity, diagnosis and control.
  5. To carry out research on antibiotic susceptibility and emergence of resistance.
  6. To provide technical support to Lagos State and by extension, Nigeria in response to, and control of infectious diseases outbreak.


Units in The Department

  1. Bacteriology
  2. Mycology
  3. Parasitology
  4. Immunology
  5. Medical Virology.