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Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

Master’s Program in Pharmacology

College of Medicine: Pharmacology 


The study of Pharmacology is a unique interdisciplinary field as it applies knowledge from multiple scientific disciplines including chemistry, biochemistry, molecular & cellular biology and physiology.  The knowledge gained from Pharmacologic research today will be the breakthrough medicines of tomorrow, providing a significant positive impact on human health.  

The discipline of pharmacology is distinct from the profession of pharmacy, which addresses the formulation and dispensing of drugs for human use.  Pharmacologists, however, focus on how drugs (both chemical and biologic molecules) interact with biological systems. Our human bodies have the incredible ability to interact and manipulate chemical and biological molecules (pharmacokinetics).  But at the same time these molecules have the incredible ability of influencing our biological responses (pharmacodynamics).  It is through the study of pharmacology that we are able to identify novel molecular targets, develop unique chemical and biological therapies, and explore their clinical impact.  

Curriculum Overview: Applied Pharmacology

The Master's in Pharmacology degree is conferred by the College of Medicine with a curriculum designed to train students in applying Pharmacologic principles while evaluating a drug's capacity to cause harm (drug-dependent toxicology).  Upon graduation, students have the ability to effectively interpret and communicate difficult scientific principles related to Pharmacology and Drug Toxicology.  They will also understand the regulatory aspects of the FDA drug approval process in assessing novel therapies for safety.