Courses & Curriculum

Core Courses

Course Descriptions

  • MPS 501: Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences – I                                                                  3 credits

This course introduces the basic mechanisms of pathophysiology and pharmacology, and then integrates these disciplines through the study of the etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment and prevention of major neurologic, psychiatric, and neuroendocrine diseases/disorders. Following an introduction to normal tissue types and adaptive responses, the course will cover basic etiological and pathophysiological mechanisms; mechanisms of injury will be reviewed; the central and peripheral nervous systems (CNS & PNS) are reviewed, major CNS, PNS and neuroendocrine diseases and disorders are covered, Students will learn the mechanism(s) of action and common or serious adverse effects of pharmacological agents and identify appropriate pharmacological treatments or adjust pharmacotherapy in the face of adverse effects. In addition, each student team will research a topic in depth, including a systematic search of peer-reviewed literature, to develop and present a formal case study, given at a level appropriate for an audience of healthcare professionals. To promote information literacy, teams will use systematic PubMed searches using MESH terms to identify and incorporate current literature reviews, guidelines, or other advanced professional sources, and carefully cite the information and sources on their slides.

  • MPS 511: Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences – II                                                                 3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with the deep understanding of the drug physicochemical properties and its effects on drug formulation and computing, dosage form as well as an understanding of the interactions between drug delivery systems and biological systems The course covers the traditional and non-traditional dosage forms as well as drug delivery systems. The course also covers pharmaceutical calculations and an

  • MPS 502: Techniques in Pharmaceutical Sciences – I                                                                    3 credits

This course is designed to advance critical thinking in research approaches and methodology providing MPS and PharmD dual degree students an overview in new advances in therapeutics including gene therapy and technical applications in the field of Industrial Pharmacy, Integrated Pharmacological Medicine, Translational Medicine, Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Drug Discovery and Targeting Complement Therapeutics. Course subjects will cover research technique trends, pitfalls and alternative approaches to overcome them.

  • MPS 512: Principle of FDA regulation and Drug Discovery – II                                                   3 credits

This course focuses on regulatory strategy, guidance and regulatory compliance, legal and ethical issues, processes for product development and the business components of regulation in clinical research, all while reinforcing the science behind the methods. The regulatory affairs course provides students with the knowledge and understanding for the key elements of the regulatory process in various industries, governmental agencies, and consultancies worldwide.

  • MPS 504: Literature & Technical Writing                                                                                        2 credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the science of written communication in the context of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. It will also introduce them to the structure, approach and writing of a Master's Thesis. The course reviews the cognitive processes involved in higher-level scientific writing and reading, and then applies these concepts to promote clarity, organization and focus in biomedical research and publication. The course then covers skills necessary to develop and write their Master's Thesis, including literature search and citation methods, scientific integrity, tools to avoid plagiarism, the application of the scientific method to research design, and thesis components and chapters.

  • MPS 505: Journal Club and Graduate Seminar                                                                                      1 credits

The journal club and graduate seminar is conducted mainly by students, with facilitation by a faculty member. Each week one or multiple student(s) will present a paper related to his/her research/scholarship interest(s). The chosen paper will be announced prior to the class and copies provided to all participants.

  • MPS 506: Research and Thesis – I, 516 (II), 526 (III)                                                                    3 credits

This course is designed to provide hands-on research experience in laboratories of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. Students will choose the research topics after consultation with their major advisors. This course will exam the students' capabilities in original article review, research design, research execution, statistics, result analysis & discussion, and written skills of thesis.

  • MPS 507: Capstone Paper – I                                                                                                             3 credits

This course is designed to advance critical thinking and written skills in the identification and synthesis of contemporary topics in the broad area of pharmaceutical sciences. MPS 504 (Literature & Technical Writing Skills) is divided into two sections for the graduate students in Plan B (Capstone Track): (i) section I delineates the basic skills and techniques in reference search, review, and writing exercise; and (ii) section II is designed to evaluate the students' capabilities in integration of science, literature, and communication skills. Successful and timely completion of capstone paper is mandatory for students in this track.​

  • MPS 513: Biostatistics and Research Methods                                                                                 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce major concepts in biostatistics and pharmacoepidemiology. Students will develop the ability to interpret and critically evaluate medical literature and to identify findings that have implications for their practice. Emphasis will be placed on an examination of how observational study designs draw upon epidemiologic techniques to address drug effectiveness, safety, outcome assessment and regulatory decision making. Students will also acquire skills in applying statistical analysis concepts learned throughout this course.

Elective Courses

Course Descriptions

  • MPS 601: Advanced Topics in Immunology                                                                                      2 credits

This course will initially focus on an overview of innate and adaptive immunity as well as basic principles of cellular immunology. A special emphasis will then be placed on integrating the underlying pathophysiological and applicable pharmacological mechanisms, which can be used in the intervention and management of immunological-based diseases. These disease states include: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Chron's Disease, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and Multiple Sclerosis. Other topics covered in the course include organ transplantation, vaccination for disease, immunodeficiency and AIDS, as well as interactions between the immune system and cancer. Students are provided with an overview of immunity, cells and proteins of the immune system, along with their specific roles and interactions in human disease

  • MPS 602: Advanced Topics in Medicinal Chemistry                                                                             2 credits

This course consists of four components: (1) drug structure-relationships, prediction of the physico-chemical properties of a drug, basic knowledge of the major pathways of drug metabolism and factors that can contribute to drug-drug interactions; (2) the solubility, metabolism and pharmacological activity/potency of drugs classes based on the contribution of their functional groups to their structures; (3) drug assay and the application of chemical and physico-chemical methods of analysis to pharmaceutical substances; (4) active constituents of natural medicines with emphasis on the top selling medicinal herbs.

  • MPS 606: Cellular & Molecular Biology                                                                                           2 credits

This course is designed to provide the pharmacy students with a fundamental understanding of current concepts of cellular and molecular biology, and human biochemistry. Students are provided an overview of eukaryotic carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism, cellular signal transduction, biomedical aspects of human nutrition, genetic regulation, the molecular basis of inherited genetic diseases and acquired diseases like cancer, principles of commonly used biotechnologies, drug targets screening, and biopharmaceutical products generation.

  • MPS 607: Drug Development & Design (Core course for capstone track/elective for              2 credits   thesis-based track)                                                                                                                                                

This course will focus on drug development and discovery approaches for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The first block of classes will focus on pre-clinical models used to discover drugs for IBD. A special emphasis will be placed on animal models of IBD. Clinical protocols for both Ulcerative Colitis and Chron's Disease patients will also be reviewed. The second block of classes will focus on drug discovery for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of various will be discussed, including DMARD'S. Clinical trial methodology for RA will also be discussed. The course will utilize both relevant literature references, as well as real-life experiences of the instructor. Students will be expected to actively participate by way of group presentations, as well as each class participant composing a final drug discovery/development project.

  • MPS 608: Mechanisms of Drug Toxicity                                                                                                    2 credits

This course will introduce the basic knowledge of toxicology. The general concepts and theories associated with the toxicity induced by drugs will be covered. The organ toxicity and related cellular and molecular mechanism of drug-induced toxicity will be delineated in this course.

  • MPS 609: Novel Dosage Forms & Delivery                                                                                               2 credits

The students will learn about various novel drug delivery systems with a focus on delayed release, controlled release and targeted dosage forms. The students will also learn about new excipients and methods involved in these novel dosage forms preparation.​

  • MPS 611: Pharmacogenetics & Personalized Medicine                                                                         2 credits

This course provides introduction to topics in human genetics and genomics, and how these topics are related to medications and patient treatment. An emphasis will be placed on basic principles of human genetics and how they are relevant to the field of translational genetics and drug design. There will also be discussion of the ethical and societal issues concerning personalized medicine as well as future implications for patient care.

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