College of Pharmacy

Glendale, AZ Campus

Elective Course Descriptions

College of Pharmacy-Glendale

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

IPECG 1401C

Patient Safety 1

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This interprofessional course is the first in a three course sequence where students will learn how they can improve patient safety and reduce medical errors through well planned systems of performance measurement and quality improvement. The course includes online self-study of Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Patient Safety modules, an exercise in personal wellness, and a communication case study and classroom small team exercise in patient safety. Enrollment in Patient Safety 1 will lead to encouraged enrollment in the IPECG 1402 Patient Safety 2 elective, leading to an IHI Certificate in Quality and Safety.

Credits: 1.5

IPECG 1402C

Patient Safety 2

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This interprofessional course is the second in a three course sequence where students will learn how they can improve quality and patient safety while reducing medical errors through well planned systems of performance measurement and quality improvement. The course includes online self-study of Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Patient Safety modules and a small team project in improving quality and patient safety. Completion of the course will lead to an IHI Certificate in Quality and Safety.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

IPECG 1401 Patient Safety 1

IPECG 1403C

Patient Safety 3

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This interprofessional course is the third in a three course sequence where students will demonstrate how they can improve quality and patient safety while reducing medical errors through well planned systems of performance measurement and quality improvement. This course will be conducted as an independent special project with a community provider to improve quality and patient safety in a specifically identified area of the practice.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

IPECG 1402 Patient Safety 2

ONEHG 1301C

One Health Grand Rounds

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This course is open to all students in professional curricula at MWU. In cross-disciplinary teams mentored by MWU faculty or liaisons from public health agencies, each student team will select a topic based on its public health importance and professional relevance, review available research and publications, and provide an oral presentation of their findings. Through the collaborative research process and team presentations, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the contributory role each health professional has within their respective scope of community practice.

Credits: 2

PPRAG 1301/1302

Special Project/Research

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These courses provide an opportunity for students to work with individual faculty mentors on projects of variable scope. Activities may include clinical, library, laboratory, and/or survey-type research; assistance with syllabus development for future elective courses; or other activities agreed on between the student and the mentor. All special projects/research require the approval of the appropriate department chair and Dean.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for PPRAG 1301 Special Project/Research, 1.5 credits: none
  • Prerequisites for PPRAG 1302 Special Project/Research, 3 credits: none

PPRAG 1338

Pharmacy-Based Health Screenings

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Through active participation in lecture discussions and workshops, the student will be prepared to implement health screening programs in pharmacy practice settings. The course focuses on risk factor assessment and hands-on experience with screening devices for cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. The course also addresses regulatory requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and development of policies and procedures for screening programs.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PHIDG 1605 Integrated Sequence 5

PPRAG 1339

History of Pharmacy in the United States

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This course is designed to introduce the pharmacy student to the history of pharmacy. This will be accomplished by focusing upon the historical development of pharmacy in the United States by examining the growth and professionalization of the field, its statutory regulation and its product development. Students will be able to apply the lessons of history to current and future practice philosophies.

Credits: 1.5

PPRAG 1346

Diabetes: A Patient's Perspective

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This elective emphasizes the knowledge and skills required for the delivery of diabetes education by focusing on the patient's perspective in the management of the disease. The course builds on the material presented in required courses in the curriculum by examining the barriers faced by patients during self-management and potential solutions for addressing them.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PHIDG 1503 Integrated Sequence 3

PPRAG 1348

Personal Finance for the Healthcare Professional

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The objective of this course is to introduce the tools needed to financially succeed after graduation. The class will focus on introduction to the areas of taxes, planning for retirement, investing, debt consolidation, home ownership, money management, and insurance. Students will complete two assignments and have an in-class final exam.

Credits: 1.5

PPRAG 1349

Medication Management in Hospice Patients

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This course is designed to provide an overview of common diseases and symptoms encountered in terminal patients. Emphasis will be placed on the appropriate selection of medications to palliate symptoms such as pain, dyspnea, excess secretions, constipation, diarrhea, hiccups, pruritus, etc. Common diseases include but are not limited to, breast, brain, lung, colon and renal cancers; COPD; dementia; and CHF. Patient cases will be used during each session to illustrate symptom management issues.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PHIDG 1607 Integrated Sequence 7

PPRAG 1411

Pharmacological Management of Chronic Pain

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Upon completion of this course students will understand how to assess pain; understand the differences between addiction, dependence and tolerance; be able to recommend appropriate medication therapies for nociceptive and neuropathic pain; understand the reasons for the multitude of available analgesic choices; understand the role of complementary and alternative medicine; and be conversant with the legal and ethical issues of pain management.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PHIDG 1607 Integrated Sequence 7

PPRAG 1415

Rare and Interesting Diseases

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This course provides a forum for students to learn how to manage patients with rare and interesting disease states. The pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic tests or procedures, treatment and the pharmacist's role in the management for each disease state/genetic abnormality/adverse drug event will be reviewed. Activities will simulate patient work up and written/oral presentations in clinical practice.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PHIDG 1609 Integrated Sequence 9

PPRAG 1417

Anticoagulation in Clinical Practice

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This elective course provides students with an overview of the major topics in anticoagulation management encountered in clinical practice. Topics may include prophylaxis and treatment of venous thromboembolism, anticoagulation in various disease states, anticoagulation in special patient populations, and treatment plans requiring modification of anticoagulation. Students will develop a working knowledge and skill set helpful in providing pharmacy-managed anticoagulation services in both the inpatient and ambulatory/community settings.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

Completion of PHIDG 1604 Integrated Sequence 4

PPRAG 1418

Nuclear Pharmacy

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This course provides the student an overview of the various aspects of nuclear pharmacy. This includes basic nuclear physics, radiation measurement and safety, regulatory considerations, radiopharmaceutical preparation, products, quality control, and imaging modalities.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PSCIG 1564 Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics

PPRAG 1419

Topics in Women's Health

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The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of advanced topics in women's health particularly related to reproductive health. Expanded information in topics such as contraception, infertility, drug use in pregnancy, and mood disorders related to pregnancy are provided. The course utilizes various teaching methods including lectures, case studies, readings, assignments, and discussions. Students will develop a working knowledge to aid them in caring for women with gender related disease states.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PHIDG 1503 Integrated Sequence 3

PPRAG 1420

Pharmacy Based Immunization Delivery

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This course teaches the skills necessary to become a primary source for vaccine information and administration. It teaches the basics of immunology and focuses on practice implementation and legal/regulatory issues. Students are responsible for the required fee (currently $100). Students must complete 12 hours of self-study prior to the class and must submit the completed material upon arrival to class. If s/he has not completed the study materials, the student will not be allowed to attend the workshop and will not be given a refund.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

MICRG 1553 Immunology; and blood borne pathogen training.

PPRAG 1421

Dental Health and the Pharmacist

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This course provides an overview of dentistry and its relation to healthcare. Discussion includes questions that pharmacists often are asked regarding oral lesions, injuries to the oral cavity, and efficacy of OTC remedies. Information about various dental specialties will help the pharmacist refer their patients to the appropriate specialist. Misuse and abuse of dental drugs and medications and investigation and enforcement of dental regulations concerning drug abuse will be discussed.

Credits: 1.5

PPRAG 1424

Trials and Tribulations

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This course involves evaluating recently published literature and applying that information to patient cases. It is taught in the “team-based learning” format, which involves an individual quiz, followed by a group quiz, followed by a group application activity (typically, development of a SOAP note). A different disease state will be the focus each week. Grades will be determined based on in-class activities and no exams will be given.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PPRAG 1676 Evidence-Based Healthcare and PHIDG 1609 Integrated Sequence 9

PPRAG 1425

Nutrition and Lifestyle Modification in Pharmacy

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This elective course provides students with an overview of the major nutritional problems in the United States with emphasis on lifestyle modification and counseling that can be done for each disease state or topic. Topics include obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and sport enhancement. This course utilizes a team based learning method with assessment being based on team and individual quiz and exam scores. This is a student-centered learning course designed to begin the process of lifelong learning for students as healthcare professionals.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PPRAG 1504 Professional Skills Development 4 and PHIDG 1503 Integrated Sequence 3

PPRAG 1426

Putting Your Best Residency Foot Forward

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Post-graduate pharmacy residency programs are highly valuable and are becoming increasingly competitive. This elective course provides guidance on the residency selection decision process, curriculum vita (CV) development, creation of a strong letter of intent and interviewing skills. To meet the learning objectives, students will complete interactive written and verbal activities to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities. Achievement of learning objectives will be evaluated by assessment rubrics tailored to each activity.

Credits: 1.5

PPRAG 1427

Postmenopausal Women’s Health

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This course provides an in-depth review of postmenopausal women’s health issues. Through active participation in patient case studies and class discussion, students will learn to design pharmacotherapeutic plans to address symptoms of menopause during the menopause transition and to reduce risk factors for chronic medical conditions common during this life stage.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PHIDG 1503 Integrated Sequence 3

PPRAG 1428

Acute Care Cardiology

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This elective course provides students with an in-depth review and expansion of knowledge regarding the management of medical pharmacotherapy in patients with acute cardiovascular issues, building upon concepts that were introduced in Integrated Sequence 4 and 5. The class is focused on application of knowledge to improve patient care. Learning techniques that will be utilized include lecture, discussion, formulation of a pharmacists' patient care process plan (PPCP) for patient cases, evaluation of primary literature, and student debates.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PHIDG 1604 Integrated Sequence 4 and PHIDG 1605 Integrated Sequence 5

PPRAG 1429

Pharmacometrics

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This course builds upon student’s expertise in pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, biostatistics, and financial management in order to evaluate from an evidence-based perspective both pharmacotherapy and pharmaceutical services. Students will obtain requisite expertise in applied econometrics, financial algebra, and policy analysis.

Credits: 1.5

PPRAG 1430

Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition

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This course focuses on the clinical aspects of nutrition support therapy for patients who cannot maintain adequate nutrition by the oral route. Clinical topics include indications, patient assessment, ordering, administering, monitoring, and adverse effects of both parenteral and enteral nutrition (PEN) support. Patient safety in hospital and home PEN, drug shortages, and recent advances and research in PEN will be discussed.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PHIDG 1609 Integrated Sequence 9

PPRAG 1431

Book Club

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This professional elective course is designed to use a book club/current topics format to provide the pharmacy student with an introduction to the art of patient care and the issues healthcare providers face regarding their own biases and stereotypes. The purpose of this course is to thoughtfully tackle some of the assumptions we make as health care providers and explore ways to be more thoughtful in our decisions and care of our patients.

Credits: 1.5

PPRAG 1432

Advanced Communication with The Spanish Speaking Patient

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This elective will develop the basic verbal and written skills required to effectively communicate with the Spanish speaking patient in the pharmacy setting. There will be a strong focus on patient interview skills and counseling on the most common topics seen in the community setting. This course assumes the student is already familiar with basic Spanish and therefore introductory level Spanish.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PPRAG 1501-1504 Professional Skills Development 1-4; one year of college level Spanish or equivalent, or permission from instructor

PPRAG 1433

Introduction to Specialty Pharmacy

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Introduction to Specialty Pharmacy is an elective that will provide an opportunity to expose students to current therapies, management of patients and other operations requirements within specialties including Solid Organ Transplant/BMT, Oncology, Inflammatory (Rheumatology, Dermatology), and Infectious Disease (HIV and Hepatitis C). The course is composed of alternating disease state overview presentations with student case study presentations the following week for practical application. A take home quiz designed in part by the student presenting will be completed by the rest of class utilizing guidelines, class material and any references needed.

Credits: 1.5

PPRAG 1434

Advanced Oncology Therapeutics

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This course focuses on the clinical aspects of the pharmaceutical care of patients with hematologic and oncologic diseases. Clinical topics include disease state management, supportive care, hospice/palliative care, management of drug shortages and literature evaluation.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PHIDG 1609 Integrated Sequence 9; PPRAG 1676 Evidence-Based Healthcare

PPRAG 1437

Informatics

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This elective course will introduce students to the exciting and growing area of healthcare informatics. Healthcare informatics brings together healthcare generated information with technology for the purpose of improving quality of care in a cost effective and comprehensive manner. The course will focus on key concepts, including definitions, technological foundations, databases and information management, legal issues, project management, and potential career opportunities. The main goal of the course is to develop an understanding of informatics and the application in the healthcare field.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PPRAG 1571 Healthcare Systems

PPRAG 1438

Managed Care

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The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of managed care pharmacy and how it impacts the US healthcare system. The course will prepare students to understand and learn about professional practice opportunities in managed care pharmacy by exploring: healthcare reform, managed healthcare delivery models, prescription benefit design, pharmacy networks,utilization management tools, P&T Committees, pharmacy data management, pharmacy benefit managers, specialty pharmacy and pharmaceutical manufacturers. In addition, the course will focus on how business principles are integrated into the managed care pharmacy department, and address how clinical pharmacy, quality improvement, medication therapy management/disease management programs are coordinated within the managed care pharmacy environment.

Credits: 1.5

PPRAG 1439

Pediatric Pharmacoptherapy

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This course focuses on specific issues related to the treatment and care of pediatric patients. Clinical topics include common childhood illness and treatments as well as drug delivery systems used for pediatric patients, current controversies in pediatric pharmacotherapy, commonly used over the counter medications and alternative therapies used by pediatric patients. This course incorporates lectures, projects and reading assignments to enhance student learning about pediatric issues.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PHIDG 1609 Integrated Sequence 9; Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PPRAG 1701 Acute Care Management

PPRAG 1440

Advanced Research Methods: SPSS in Healthcare Research

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Evidence based medicine relies on quantitative information about which drugs and treatments are safe, efficacious, and/or cost effective. Generating the necessary quantitative evidence requires competent use of a statistical package. This course covers SPSS, which is commonly used in healthcare settings. Topics include methods for reading in data, descriptives to explore data, comparisons of groups using appropriate statistical testing procedures, project documentation for quality control and accuracy, and linear regression. Both "drop-down" menus and essential programming syntax are covered.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PPRAG 1672 Research Methods and Epidemiology for Healthcare Professionals

PPRAG 1441

Medication Therapy Management

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This course will introduce students to current trends in Medication Therapy Management (MTM) with a particular focus on the provision of pharmacist's services as an integral part of managing patient drug therapy. Students will gain insight into the challenges and opportunities that are presented to pharmacists when they address drug therapy misadventures and perform comprehensive medication reviews for patients with complex drug regimes. Particular attention will focus on development of drug therapy intervention skills that will maximize the results achieved when patient interventions are performed. In addition, students learn basic information about how the online intervention process works. The course will include having students roll play case study examples of both therapeutic interventions ad comprehensive medication reviews.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PPRAG 1438 Managed Care (Students will automatically be enrolled following completion of PPRAG 1438 Managed Care)

PSCIG 1301/1302

Special Project/Research

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These courses provide an opportunity for students to work with individual faculty mentors on projects of variable scope. Activities may include clinical, library, laboratory, and/or survey-type research; assistance with syllabus development for future elective courses; or other activities agreed on between the student and the mentor. All special projects/research require the approval of the appropriate department chair and Dean.

Prerequisites
  • Prerequisites for PSCIG 1301 Special Project/Research, 1.5 credits: none
  • Prerequisites for PSCIG 1302 Special Project/Research, 3 credits: none

PSCIG 1323

Use and Abuse of Drugs

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This elective course provides an in-depth review of neuropharmacology of substances of abuse including stimulants, depressants and inhalants, ethanol, opioids, hallucinogens, marijuana, anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. In addition, an overview of drug use, drug use as a social problem, drug products and their regulations, the nervous system, the mechanism of action of drugs, preventing substance abuse and substance abuse and dependence will also be covered.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PHIDG 1503 Integrated Sequence 3

PSCIG 1342

Introduction to Classical Homeopathy

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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities are used increasingly by many people in the U.S. Homeopathy is one example of CAM. This course provides an introduction to classical homeopathy. Topics covered will include homeopathic paradigm and history, homeopathic pharmacy and the FDA, nanoparticles and action of homeopathic medicines, acute case taking, and keynotes and acute usage of common over the counter homeopathic medicines. Evidence-based articles will be presented and discussed.

Credits: 1.5

PSCIG 1347

Pharmaceutical Formulation and Analysis

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Pharmaceutical Formulation and Analysis is a supplement to Pharmaceutics 1 & 2. This elective course is a hands-on, lab-based course that integrates the fundamental pharmaceutics concepts underlying drug product formulation and analysis with the practice of pharmacy compounding. This integration is critical in helping pharmacy compounders understand the importance of product quality and how multiple variables may affect the quality of their products.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PSCIG 1542 Pharmaceutics 2

PSCIG 1354

Sterile Products

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This course covers the fundamental concepts related to the formulation, manufacture, quality assurance, and clinical preparation and administration of sterile products. Topics will include formulation and compatibility considerations, sterility assurance and aseptic technique including a review of USP Chapter <797>, packaging, compounding methods and calculations, therapeutic issues, and advances in parenteral technologies. Laboratory sessions will focus on aseptic technique and familiarization with equipment used to prepare and administer parenteral medications.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PSCIG 1542 Pharmaceutics 2

PSCIG 1356

Nanopharmaceuticals

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Nanotechnology will revolutionize society in the twenty-first century. The medical application of nanotechnology to all aspects of prevention, diagnosis and therapy of human disease has given rise to nanomedicine. This course will focus on nanoscale drug formulations currently under development. Participants will become familiar with the state-of-the-art of pharmaceutical nanotechnology and acquire a foundation that will enable them to understand upcoming changes that nanoscience will bring to their future profession.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PSCIG 1542 Pharmaceutics 2

PSCIG 1357

Introduction to Forensic Science for Healthcare Professionals

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The use of forensic toxicology in the battle against the increased abuse of licit and illicit drugs is an important field of study. This course will introduce the main areas of forensic sciences and especially the involvement of physicians, pharmacists, and nurses in discovering and preventing the abuse of drugs.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PPRAG 1524 Pharmacy Law and Public Policy

PSCIG 1358

Pharmacogenomics

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Pharmacogenomics has the potential to revolutionize medicine in the twenty-first century. The medical application of human genetics to pharmacotherapy has given rise to the new field of pharmacogenomics. This course will introduce the foundations of pharmacogenomics, discuss the origin of genetic variation on drug action, uptake and metabolism, and specific applications to patient care. Participants of this course will become familiar with the state-of-the-art of pharmacogenomics.

Credits: 1.5

PSCIG 1359

Principles of Pharmacy Research Design and Problem Solving

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This is an introductory course in research methods and proposal writing. The course is designed to give students experience in hypothesis and specific aims development and an overview of the use of the scientific study design for solving health/drug-related problems, as well as research methodology and research proposal development. The overall format of the course integrates the didactic lecture material, and research project assignments to provide students with an interactive “how to” learning experience during which they receive feedback on their work.

Credits: 1.5

PSCIG 1360

Introduction to Drug, Biologics and Medical Device Regulation

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The course will provide an overview to the FDA regulatory processes regarding the evaluation and development of drug, biologics, and device products. Through interactive lecture format, course work and discussions, participants of this course will gain the basic understanding, and will become familiar with the current principles of regulatory affairs. Topics include the historical development of U.S. drug laws, overview of drug, biologics, and device development process and the FDA, pharmaceutical industry-FDA functions and interactions through approval and monitoring processes, policy-guided science, and some examples of the development of U.S. drug/device laws, shaping history, leading into the present state of regulation.

Credits: 1.5

PSCIG 1361

Introduction to Toxicology

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This course is an introduction into clinical toxicology and the effects of natural products and chemicals on the human body. This course will emphasize the chemistry, pharmacology, and toxicity of specific chemicals and classes of compounds. Students will be presented with the mechanisms and then invited to present case studies and discuss the clinical features of management and prognosis.

Credits: 1.5