Medicinal Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry is the study of chemical and biochemical rationales for the design and development of drugs.

Pharmaceutics is comprised of those disciplines that are involved with dosage forms in pharmaceutical practice. Subdisciplines within pharmaceutics include: 1) Formulation Science in which physics and chemistry are used to prepare effective dosage forms, 2) Biopharmaceutics in which the interactions between the dosage form, itself, and various biological factors in the persons taking the dosage form are studied, and 3) Pharmacokinetics in which the time course of drugs in the body and the factors influencing the time course are studied analytically and mathematically.

Pharmacology & Toxicology
Pharmacology and Toxicology is the broad discipline that describes what drugs do and how they act within living systems. There can be as many subdivisions as there are organ systems affected by drugs. In our College, we have people interested in neuropharmacology (how drugs act on the brain) and mechanistic toxicology (cellular and biochemical events associated with the adverse effects of drugs and chemicals).

The mission of the Division of Pharmacotherapy is to train and educate pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists to provide specialty pharmacotherapeutic services including primary care and to conduct translational, transdisciplinary and other types of innovative research. The Divison also holds with equal value its efforts in the areas of research, practice and education.

Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice

At the PharmD level, division faculty members are responsible for a variety of courses designed to prepare students to provide outstanding patient care.  In addition, faculty members are involved in the pharmacotherapeutics sequence of courses and professional development convocation courses.  Division faculty members also teach courses open to non-pharmacy students including Pharmacology for Nursing Students, Drugs in Our Society, and a variety of health-related topics open to entering freshmen known as Signature Courses.

Graduate-level courses taught by division faculty members help prepare graduate students to conduct research focused on improving the health of society.  Topics related to utilization and cost of medication and other health care services, patient behaviors and outcomes, pharmacoeconomics, pharmaceutical marketing and management, pharmacoepidemiology, and practice-based research are covered.

Along with graduate coursework, division faculty members supervise research projects conducted by more than 30 post-graduates, including Master's and Ph.D. graduate students and health outcomes fellows.  In addition, community and ambulatory care pharmacy practice residents are trained to deliver innovative clinical pharmacy services to patients and to become leaders in their respective fields.

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