Principles of Pharmacology

Credits: 4 CREDITS (Basic Science)
Sites: MIT
Director(s): Stuart Forman, Carl Rosow
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Offered: Spring (Jan- March)
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: The object of the course is to teach students an approach to the study of pharmacologic agents. It is not intended to be a review of the pharmacopoeia. The focus will be on the basic principles of biophysics, biochemistry and physiology, as related to the mechanisms of drug action, biodistribution and metabolism. The course will consist of lectures and student-led case discussions. Topics to be covered include: mechanisms of drug action, dose-response relations, pharmacokinetics, drug delivery systems, drug metabolism, toxicity of pharmacological agents, drug interaction and substance abuse. Selected agents and classes of agents will be examined in detail.