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The ability to generate and analyse genomic data has transformed public health microbiology. Rapid advances in sequencing technologies and bioinformatics have given infectious disease professionals unprecedented insights into pathogen biology, and the tools to counter disease on a global scale.

This Melbourne MicroCert is ideal for health professionals seeking a strong understanding of microbial genomics in a public health context. You will gain the advanced theory and practical skills required to utilise genomic data to address public health issues, investigate infectious disease outbreaks, and track antimicrobial resistance.

This course is co-designed and delivered in partnership with the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Learning is equivalent to Level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Examine the role of microbial genomics in public health

Explore key concepts related to microbial genomics and understand how they can be applied in a public health laboratory to enhance infectious disease surveillance activities. You'll gain essential practical skills to critically examine and interpret genomic data.

Discover best practice techniques in microbial genomic analysis

Understand key theories underpinning microbial genomics and how they can be used to support public health activities. Learn to predict microbial traits from sequence data, compare genomes to assess genetic similarity, and explore how to make use of large public data repositories to provide context for analysis.

Understand the importance of microbial genomics to outbreak investigations

Explore the importance of microbial genomics in outbreak investigations. You'll learn how to effectively combine epidemiological and genomic data and use these results to better understand how pathogens can be identified and controlled in outbreak situations.

Investigate lab workflows and consider important ethical issues

Examine key processes for establishing genomic workflows in public health laboratories. With your group, you'll also discuss important ethical issues, such as the need for strict data sharing and data privacy protocols when working within and sharing sequence data between laboratories.

Conduct your own analysis of pathogen genomic data

Draw on your new knowledge to conduct an independent analysis of pathogen genomic data. You'll analyse and interpret real-world microbial genomic datasets, assess the overall quality and reliability of the results, and present your interpretations to your peers before receiving expert feedback on your work.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Professor Tim Stinear

Scientific Director of the Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics research centre

Tim is a molecular microbiologist and research-teaching academic. He leads a team of scientists focused on understanding how certain types of bacteria spread and cause disease. In addition, he is the Scientific Director of the Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics research centre and a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Fellow.

Dr Claire Gorrie

Bioinformatician - MDU PHL - Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Claire Gorrie is an early career researcher whose work focuses on developing genomic techniques for studying the evolution and transmission of antimicrobial resistant pathogens both in healthcare facilities and the wider community. During her PhD, she studied Klebsiella pneumoniae, and has since expanded her scope to include a range of bacterial pathogens such as Enterococcus faecium, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Neisseria gonorrhoea.

Dr Sarah Baines

Research Officer, Antimicrobial Resistance, Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Sarah Baines is an early career researcher specialising in microbiology and genomics, as applied to understanding the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). For her PhD, she investigated the population and functional genomics of drug-resistant lineages of Staphylococcus aureus. She continues to research S. aureus population dynamics, more recently expanding to other bacterial pathogens of public health interest to understand complex mechanisms of AMR.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Applied Pathogen Genomics series

This series is designed for infectious diseases professionals seeking practical skills in the groundbreaking areas of pathogen genomics and bioinformatics. Taught by leading genomics experts, it will equip you with the capacity to analyse and use genomic data in your own practice.

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For individuals

To take Microbial Genomics: Applications for Public Health as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$990 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Microbial Genomics: Applications for Public Health, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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