Online Training

Microbiomes and Their Impact on Viral Infections

The study of the microbiome is one of the most promising scientific and medical revolutions in recent times. It is now clear that changes in the microbiome composition (referred to as dysbiosis) are major drivers to several human diseases and public health threats. In particular, there is now solid evidence that the microbiome is very important to the evolution of viral infections, including the novel coronavirus causing Covid-19. Indeed, the number of medical disorders potentially associated with microbiome imbalance is constantly on the rise.

So the Global Virus Network has partnered with The University of South Florida Initiative on Microbiomes to offer an Online Course on Microbiomes and their Impact on Viral Infections. Taught by world-renowned expert instructors, this self-paced, non-credit course provides the latest knowledge on the importance and role of the microbiome in preventing, mitigating, and treating diseases.

The online course provides all participants with the flexibility of online learning at any time and from any location with an Internet connection. But it is particularly beneficial—and at a significantly reduced cost—to students from low- and middle-income countries who are interested in virology, immunology, epidemiology, public health, and biomedical research.

More detailed information is available, with registration available via the University of South Florida.


  • Industries – $1500
  • Academics – $800*
  • Students – $500*
  • Individuals from emerging countries – $100**

Please contact Aline P. C. Ribeiro Valle at [email protected] to learn how to apply the discount during the registration process.

About The Course


  • Public health professionals
  • Medical professionals
  • Health, medical and science faculty
  • Health, medical and science students
  • Anyone interested in learning more about the Microbiome


  • Two sessions
  • Up to 8 weeks to complete
  • Self-paced, online format


  • Earn a certificate of completion.
  • Earn a Digital Badge to showcase knowledge and successful course completion on social media profiles, including LinkedIn.


  • Session 1 – Introduction to Microbiome, 11 modules
  • Session 2 – Symbiotic Evolutions in the Microbiome World, 9 modules


  • What are microbiomes?
  • How do you investigate microbiomes?
  • What is the impact of microbiomes on health?
  • Which are the interactions between microbiomes and viral infections?

Video Introduction from Dr. Christian Brechot, GVN President Emeritus, GVN Board Vice Chairman, and Professor at the University of South Florida