Courses & Curriculum

Course Descriptions

Core Courses | Elective Courses

Core Courses

MPS 501-I Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences – I

This course is designed to give students an appreciation of the formulation, manufacture, and testing of dosage forms as well as an understanding of the interactions between complex drug delivery systems and biological systems. The course covers all the basic dosage forms and drug delivery systems as well as the routes of administration.

MPS 501-II Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences – II

This course introduces the principles and basic mechanisms of pathophysiology and pharmacology, and then integrates these disciplines through the study of the etiologies, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, treatment and prevention of selected major or notable neurologic, psychiatric, and neuroendocrine diseases/disorders.

MPS 502-I Techniques in Pharmaceutical Sciences – I

The first of this two-section course provides theory and hands-on experience in a number of commonly used instruments and techniques in formulation and drug preparation and analysis.

MPS 502-II Techniques in Pharmaceutical Sciences – II

Section two is focused on basic techniques and skills as well as common instruments in cellular and molecular biology and pharmacology. Basic lab skills, cell culture introduction, protein expression & determination, DNA extraction and PCR, and pharmacological screen and evaluation will be instructed in this course.

MPS 503: Biostatistics and Research Methods

This course is designed to introduce major concepts in biostatistics and research methods in pharmaceutical sciences. 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.

MPS 504: Literature & Technical Writing

This course is designed to train students in the art and practice of written and oral communication in the context of biological and pharmaceutical sciences. Skills acquired in this course include application of scientific technical writing to research design, summary and discussion of results, literature review, grant and fellowship applications, writing and publishing scientific papers, etc.

MPS 505: Journal Club and Graduate Seminar

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

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 examine the student capabilities in original article review, research design, research execution, statistics, result analysis, interpretation and written skills in preparation of their thesis.

Elective Courses

MPS 601: Advanced Topics in Immunology

This course contains lectures that concentrate on an in-depth analysis of various current issues in immunology. The topics covered encompass cutting-edge subjects in immunology, including lymphocyte homing, T cell signaling, selection and tolerance, MHC gene activation, and epigenetic regulation of immune genes and cell communication. There will also be discussions related to vaccine development, immune deficiencies, bone marrow transplantation, and leukemia and lymphomas.

MPS 602: Advanced Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

The course covers drug structure-relationships, prediction of the physio-chemical properties of a drug, basic knowledge of the major pathways of drug metabolism and factors that can contribute to drug-drug interactions. The students will be able to predict the solubility, metabolism and pharmacological activity/potency of drug classes. It provides students with a fundamental understanding of drug assays and the application of chemical and physico-chemical methods of analysis to pharmaceutical substances.

MPS 603: Advanced Topics in Neuropharmacology

The course introduces classical, emerging, and cutting-edge topics in neuropharmacology. It provides an opportunity for students to gain an in-depth understanding of the molecular mechanisms recognized as potential drug targets in the central nervous system (CNS), as well as exploring emerging therapies utilizing evolving knowledge in neuropharmacology. Each team will develop an in-depth, TBL-style journal club presentation to lead the class on an important topic in neuropharmacology.

MPS 604: Advanced Topics in Cardiovascular Pharmacology

The objective of this course is to prepare graduate students with knowledge of current advances in the area of cardiovascular pharmacology, especially at molecular levels. Novel targets in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including chronic heart failure, hypertension, dyslipidemia, myocardial infarction, and arrhythmias will be discussed in this course.

MPS 605: Advanced Topics in Physical Pharmacy

Students will learn the physical and chemical theories that affect drug design, drug delivery, formulation and manufacturing. The fundamental theories discussed in this course will allow students to make appropriate recommendations toward optimization of dosage forms with respect to the physicochemical properties of the active and inactive ingredients used. In addition the students will be able to choose and optimize experimental design needed to prepare conventional and controlled dosage forms.

MPS 606: Cellular & Molecular Biology

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 thesis-based track)

This course is a comprehensive course with hybrid teaching format: face-to-face and eLearning design. It targets drug development and design though combination of knowledge and skills of core courses. It covers the procedures and overall structure of drug discovery and development from preclinical candidate selection to the new drug application approval and the post marketing surveillances. The course will focus on drug development and discovery approaches particularly for certain diseases. 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

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

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 610: Pharmacoeconomics

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the economic structure, conduct and performance of the pharmaceutical industry. The course includes such topics as prices and profits in the industry, productivity, cost, economies of scale, innovation, economic effects of regulation, cost benefit and cost effectiveness of pharmaceuticals and efficiency of drug delivery systems. (Prerequisite: one undergraduate economics course or permission of the instructor.)

MPS 611: Pharmacogenetics & Personalized Medicine

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.

MPS 612: Regulatory Affairs in Pharmaceuticals

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 613: Clinical Toxicology

This course describes the principles of toxicology and toxic effects of therapeutic and non-therapeutic agents. The signs and symptoms as well as clinical management of drug-induced toxicity are also covered in this course.