MPS Course Descriptions

Core Courses

MPS 501 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences- I (3 cr)

Crosslist: PBS 602 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology I 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 502 Techniques in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Theory and Practice - I (2 cr)

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 506 Research and Thesis - I (3 cr)

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 cr)

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 511 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences– II (3 cr)

Crosslist: PBS 605 TBL Pharmaceutics and Calculations 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 overview of drug quality control and regulation.

MPS 512 Principal of FDA Regulatory Affairs and Drug Discovery (2 cr)

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 513 Biostatistics & Research Methods (3 cr) Crosslist: CAS 606 Biostatistics and Pharmacoepidemiology

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 with the use of common computer software.

MPS 516 Research and Thesis - II (3 cr)

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