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.
|All students complete the required course work below.|
|One of these:|
|HHP:4480||Introduction to Human Pharmacology||3|
|PCOL:2120||Drugs: Their Nature, Action, and Use||2|
|PCOL:4130||Drug Mechanisms and Actions||3|
|One of these:|
|PHAR:1100||Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences: Drug Development||2|
|PHAR:1111||Need a New Drug?||1|
|All of these:|
|PHAR:1200||Medicines That Changed or Will Change the World||1|
|PHAR:4146||Drug Disposition and Pharmacokinetics||2|
|PHAR:4512||Principles of Drug Discovery||3|
|PHAR:4537||Principles of Drug Metabolism||3|
|PHAR:4800||Chemical and Biophysical Properties of Drugs||1|
|Kinetic Processes and Modeling Subprogram|
|Kinetic processes and modeling students take this course:|
|PHAR:6700||Advanced Pharmacokinetcs and Pharmacodynamics||3|
|Toxicology students take these courses:|
|PHAR:4501||Basic Principles of Toxicology||1|
|PHAR:4503||Organ and Organism Toxicity||1|
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.