PHRM1055 Pharmacology and Epidemiology of Disease Processes

Students will study the basic concepts of drug therapy, therapeutic agents, drug class, drug properties, drug actions, common uses and effects of drugs on the human body and their role in the management of disease. Topics include therapeutic properties, side effects, interactions, drug dosages, toxicities and the relationship of pharmacotherapy with respect to the incidence, distribution and control of various diseases.




Recommended: Prerequisite or Currently enrolled in BIOL2045 or HLTH1010

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Define various disease processes, patterns and pathogenic organisms
Identify drugs used to treat various disease processes
Categorize drugs into therapeutic classes and common uses
Recognize characteristics of disease processes
Explain disease transmission and risks
Recognize dosing intervals for drugs
Identify side effects associated with different drugs
Assess drug interactions and severity
Classify drugs as to use
Classify drug stability and storage requirements
Recognize the effects of nutrition and heredity on disease responses
Explain environmental effects on disease
Identify drugs by brand and generic names
Review medication orders and profiles for safety
Develop proficiency in the use of drug resources
Describe immune system disorders and responses
Identify the mechanisms of drug action
Identify the methods of drug administration

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details