The undergraduate Certificate in Drug Disposition and Metabolism requires a minimum of 16 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.50 in required course work for the certificate. The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.

Students may count a maximum of 6 s.h. completed for a major, minor, or another certificate toward the Certificate in Drug Disposition and Metabolism.

The certificate program prepares students to quantitatively describe the distribution properties of drugs throughout the body in order to optimize drug action and predict and prevent toxicity. Courses focus on the molecular basis for drug action; identification of common chemical properties and biochemical transformations that result in toxic responses; and recognition of biochemical pathways affected by environmental, drug, food, and accidental exposures. Additional courses provide an understanding of the role of drug development in the regulatory approval process. Students will be prepared to play important roles in biomedical and clinical investigation with additional opportunities in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, and pharmaceutical industries; health sciences professions; regulatory agencies; or for advanced graduate or professional education.

Some of these courses have prerequisites; students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they may register for a course. Prerequisite course work does not count toward certificate requirements.

Certificate students have the option to select from two certificate subprograms—kinetic processes and modeling, or toxicology. Students take the courses required for all certificate students and the course(s) for their subprogram from the following.

Required Courses
All students complete the required course work below.
One of these:
HHP:4480Introduction to Human Pharmacology3
PCOL:2120Drugs: Their Nature, Action, and Use2
PCOL:4130Drug Mechanisms and Actions3
One of these:
PHAR:1100Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences: Drug Development2
PHAR:1111Need a New Drug?1
All of these:
PHAR:1200Medicines That Changed or Will Change the World1
PHAR:4146Drug Disposition and Pharmacokinetics2
PHAR:4512Principles of Drug Discovery3
PHAR:4537Principles of Drug Metabolism3
PHAR:4800Chemical and Biophysical Properties of Drugs1
Kinetic Processes and Modeling Subprogram
Kinetic processes and modeling students take this course:
PHAR:6700Advanced Pharmacokinetcs and Pharmacodynamics3
Toxicology Subprogram
Toxicology students take these courses:
PHAR:4501Basic Principles of Toxicology1
PHAR:4502Toxic Agents1
PHAR:4503Organ and Organism Toxicity1

Admission

Applicants must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00, and earn a minimum grade of B-minus in all prerequisite course work. Those who do not meet the admission requirements should contact the associate dean for undergraduate education to discuss admission to the certificate program.

Students must submit an enrollment questionnaire to the College of Pharmacy's Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) to request admission to the certificate program.