Principles of Clinical Pharmacology

Course Information

Registration
Description
Important Dates
General Information
Course Objectives
Course Modules
Individual (Non-Registered) Lecture Option
Contact

Description

The NIH Clinical Center's "Principles of Clinical Pharmacology" course is a lecture series covering the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline focused on rational drug development and utilization in therapeutics. The course focuses on the following core principles of pharmacology: pharmacokinetics; drug metabolism and transport; drug therapy in special populations; assessment of drug effects; drug discovery and development; pharmacogenomics and pharmacotherapy.

This course will be of interest to graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, medical and pharmacy students, scientists, and health professionals interested in expanding their pharmacology knowledge base.

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Important Dates

Registration (Participants and Remote Sites) October 2017-January 22, 2018
Course November 2017-June 30, 2018
Final Examination February 5-June 30, 2018

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General Information

  1. This course is offered at no cost. The course is conducted via an online format through recorded lectures. Progression through the course is self-paced and there is no live attendance requirement.

  2. The course consists of approximately 50 lectures, ranging from 30-75 minutes each. The course syllabus, videos, handouts, and other course material will be posted to the Registered Participant Site.

  3. Although not required, each registered participant is expected to take the online final exam, which consists of 75-100 multiple choice questions. Participants are permitted to use lecture handouts and videos during the final exam. There are no retakes.

  4. An electronic Certificate of Completion is awarded to each registered participant who achieves a score of 75% or higher on the final exam.

  5. There is no academic credit or continuing medical education (CME) credit offered for this course.

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Course Objectives

  • Provide an in-depth look at drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion.

  • Describe the impact of age, pregnancy, and disease on pharmacokinetics.

  • Describe the basic principles in the assessment of drug effects. 

  • Describe the process of drug discovery and development.

  • Provide an overview of clinical pharmacotherapy including pharmacogenomics and medication safety.

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Course Modules

This course consists of seven modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology

  • Module 2: Pharmacokinetics

  • Module 3: Drug Metabolism and Transport

  • Module 4: Pharmacokinetics and Drug Therapy in Special Populations

  • Module 5: Assessment of Drug Effects

  • Module 6: Drug Discovery and Development

  • Module 7: Pharmacogenomics and Pharmacotherapy

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Individual (Non-Registered) Lecture Option

Only registered participants are allowed to take the final exam and receive a certificate of completion. However, if you are not an NIH employee or affiliated with a registered remote site, you can view the individual course lectures.This is a good option for the individual learner and for individuals who want to focus on part but not all of the course material. This material also contains archived content from previous course years.

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Contact

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course, please email the course coordinator at: cc-od_clinp@mail.cc.nih.gov.

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