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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6542
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2008-01-03
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2007-11-13
  2. Department: Graduate Affairs
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 610601-000000
  5. Contact Person: Michael J. Barber, D.Phil.
  6. Phone: 9749702
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6542
  10. Full Title: Basic Medical Pharmacology
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Basic Medical Pharmacology
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: 1 yr Biology; 1 yr Chemistry
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: The course presents a concise introduction to human pharmacology, emphasizing an understanding of the pharmacology principles that govern interaction between drugs, xenobiotics and humans and the relationship to modern medical diagnostics and therapy.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is one of the eleven courses that comprise the College of Medicine's new Master's concentration in Health Sciences which will be a fully on-line graduate program directed at students who are interested in careers in the heal
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Health-related careers continue to have a very strong demand by students and this course will fill a critical gap in our educational program by providing the first "on-line" course dedicated to the subject area of medical pharmacology that is accessible to distance students who cannot attend the conventional lecture courses. The course could also serve graduate students in other schools and colleges who have an interest in medically focused human pharmacology, such as Physical Therapy, Pharmacy and Arts and Sciences.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) The minimum qualifications to teach this course are a Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology or a related discipline and several years teaching experience at the graduate level. The current instructors have over 20 years of experience teaching this material at the graduate level.
  29. Objectives: Basic Medical Pharmacology is designed to examine the fundamental aspects of pharmacology that are a vital component of modern medical practice. Pharmacology has been defined as the study of the effect of drugs on living organisms with the objectives of defining the underlying mechanisms by which the responses are generated and this course emphasizes a fundamental understanding of the principles of pharmacology that govern the interaction between drugs and xenobiotics and humans and their relationship to modern medical diagnostics and therapeutics.
  30. Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this course, students will be able to describe the general principles of drug action and identify the four different levels of action that include the molecular and cellular levels, the tissue specificity and the major system interaction, such as the cardiovascular system; demonstrate an understanding of the terminology used to describe basic pharmacologic principles and identify the major pharmacologic classifications of drugs that indicate their respective mode of action; understand the principles of pharmacokinetics and other factors that influence drug action; describe the principles of pharmacodynamics and the methods utilized in the measurement of drug action, controls used to ensure drug safety and the concept of pharmacovigilance; differentiate between terms such as efficacy, potency and therapeutic index as they relate to drug therapy and demonstrate an understanding of the basic mechanisms of drug-induced toxicity and drug-drug interactions and develop appropriate approaches to their management; describe the interaction of selected drugs with viruses, bacteria, fungi and various parasites; discuss the actions of selected drugs on various body systems and targets including the hematopoietic system, the central and peripheral nervous system and the renal, gastrointestinal and pulmonary system.
  31. Major Topics: The course features topics such as pharmacologic terminology, the underlying concepts of pharmacokinetics, qualitative and quantitative descriptions of drug actions (pharmacodynamics), an introduction to toxicology and the methods used to reduce levels of hazardous substances within the body, the treatment of infectious diseases, immunopharmacology and cancer, examples of drugs that target the autonomic nervous system, the actions of anticoagulants, platelet inhibitors and thrombolytics and their relevance to hematology, gastrointestinal and endocrine pharmacology.
  32. Textbooks: The required course textbooks are: “Elsevier’s Integrated Pharmacology” (Kester, M., Vrana, K.E., Quraishi, S.A. & Karpa, K.D.) Elsevier, 2007

    ISBN-13: 978-0-323-03408-1

    “Pharmacology” (Brenner, G. & Stevens, C.) Elsevier, 2006

    ISBN-13: 978-1-4160-2984-7

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