Pharmacology is the study of drugs and their effects on living systems. It also studies how the body influences drug absorption, distribution, and metabolism. At the department, we teach pharmacology and pharmacy and conduct research that results in new drug knowledge.
Pharmacology is frequently linked between the basic sciences and clinical medicine. In addition to the fundamental principles, the Pharmacology MS program teaches pharmaco-therapeutics, the use of drugs in the treatment, prevention, and diagnosis of disease; toxicology, the study of drug side effects; and an introduction to pharmacogenomics, the study of genetic factors that influence an individual’s or a population’s response to a drug.
Pharmacology is distinct from the pharmacy discipline. Pharmacy schools teach students how to prepare medicines and calculate medication dosages for patients so they can recover from illness or stay healthy. Pharmacology establishes the fundamental principles and science underlying pharmacist practice.
Opportunities for master’s-level pharmacologists exist in the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, laboratories, and biotechnology firms. Master’s students may also choose to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D. program in which the coursework completed in this master’s program will be useful.