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Parasitology

Parasitology is the study of organisms that live on or in other organisms (hosts), from which they get nutrients. Read on to find out more about parasitology, a sub-discipline of microbiology, as well as career and education options in this field.

Inside Parasitology

Parasitology is the study of small organisms that require the body of another, called a host, for reproduction, shelter and food. These organisms are called parasites. Some parasites cause disease, while other parasites are harmless or nonpathogenic. Parasitologists analyze the parasite-host relationship and its effect on the health of humans, animals and ecosystems.

Education Information

Most parasitology degree programs are offered at the master's and doctoral levels; however, there are undergraduate programs in biology with a specialization in microbiology and parasitology, or courses and / or research opportunities in parasitology. Parasitologists must have the abilities to recognition parasitic infections and the various stages of the life-cycle of a parasite. Coursework often includes biochemistry, zoology, aquatic biology, public health and biostatistics. Here are a few examples of training programs in parasitology.

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