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Pharmacology Literature

    • Course Number: GMS 6XXX
    • Credit Hours: 1 credit hour
    • Course Format: This online course is tailored for asynchronous distance learners.
    • Course Syllabus: View Full Course Details

    Course Description

    This 1-credit course is for basic and clinical scientists and others that wish to explore the use of pharmacological principles in medical research. High-profile scientific papers, both past and present, will be discussed in the context of how they alter both the area of interest as well as the overall scientific landscape.

    The course will consist of recorded presentations that will be used to facilitate an online discussion regarding its contents. Presentations at the beginning of the semester will be provided by faculty/staff, while each student will be required to record their own paper discussion for the latter half. In addition, students will be required to complete problem sets in conjunction with each paper.


    This course requires a BA or BS and a strong science foundation with at least five full semester courses related to biology, chemistry and/or physics. In addition, students must pass GMS 6551 prior to taking this course.


    This course is designed to be taken as an elective in the medical physiology and pharmacology master’s degree program.

    Course Goals

    Successful completion of this course will prepare students to critically analyze pharmacology literature and discuss it amongst their peers. These students will be able to:

    1. Gain a basic understanding of scientific topics in which they have limited background knowledge in order to comprehend the paper at hand.
    2. Analyze scientific data and draw conclusions from them.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to critically discuss scientific papers and their impact.


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