COURSE: 02-479 Pharmacology (2)|
This upper division elective is a seminar-style course that will introduce the student to the basic rationale for understanding current drug therapy. Emphasis will be placed on drug classifications, mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetics, and therapeutic application(s). We will examine experimental design, address model validity, and develop a deeper appreciation of the difficulties that occur in whole animal/organism studies. Students will be expected to consider the influence(s) of age, sex, health and other environmental factors that affect the efficacy of pharmaceutical agents. Ultimately, student learning will be assessed through in class discussion, clinically based critical thinking questions, student presentations, as well as traditional tests. Prerequisite: Biochemistry I (02-355) as well as a basic understanding of Human Anatomy and Physiology are considered prerequisites for this course.