Required Courses for the Master’s Degree
The following courses are required for the master’s degree in medical physiology and pharmacology.
GMS 6551 Fundamentals of Medical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
This 1-credit course studies the basic principles of pharmacology and therapeutics in the context of medicine and biomedical science. Concepts are taught using a combination of online lectures and online problem sets. Topics include the types and nomenclature of small molecule drugs and therapeutic biologics, drug-receptor interactions, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics and the basis of personalized medicine.
GMS 6520 Medical Pharmacology & Therapeutics I: The Nervous System
This 2-credit course will cover the fundamentals of small molecule drugs and therapeutic biologics (e.g., viral-based gene therapy) and their actions in the body. Specific topics include painkillers, alcohol and psychological medications, among others. The course will prepare students for more advanced studies of pharmacology and therapeutics in the context of human physiology and pathophysiology.
GMS 6530 Medical Pharmacology & Therapeutics II: Cardiovascular, Renal and Respiratory Systems
This course studies the pharmacology and therapeutics of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems. This course will cover the fundamentals of small molecule drugs and their actions on the heart, vasculature, kidney and other parts of the cardiovascular, renal and respiratory systems. Specific topics include heart medications, cholesterol lowering drugs and diuretics, among others.
GMS 6531 Medical Pharmacology & Therapeutics III: Endocrine, Musculoskeletal, GI & Integumentary Systems
This course studies the endocrine, musculoskeletal, reproductive and gastrointestinal systems. This course will cover the fundamentals of small molecule drugs and therapeutic biologics and their actions in the treatment and/or control of endocrine disorders, reproduction, the gastrointestinal system, the musculoskeletal system and skin. Specific topics include corticosteroids, diabetes and osteoporosis, among others.
GMS 6540 Medical Pharmacology & Therapeutics IV: Cancer, Antimicrobial and Antiparasitic Agents
This course studies cancers and microbial/parasitic infections. This course will cover the fundamentals of small molecule drugs and therapeutic biologics and their actions in the treatment of cancers and of microbial and/or parasitic infections. Specific topics include chemotherapy, antibacterials and antivirals, among others.
GMS 6504 Advanced Medical Pharmacology
In this course, students will learn complex pharmacological principles and other advanced topics, including drug design, development and mechanisms. Students will build on their foundational knowledge from GMS 6551 and gain an understanding of receptor theory, pharmacological assays, binding, receptor biology and molecular docking.
GMS 6552 Cell Signaling & Therapeutics
This course explores the signaling mechanisms that exist in human cells. Students will gain an understanding of the biology of cell mechanisms, how they drive new drug targets and their critical role in the development of new therapeutics.
GMS 6510 Pharmacology of Cannabis, Tobacco and Vaping
The use of cannabis and tobacco products has become more widespread in recent years, particularly as medicinal and recreational cannabis use has been legalized in many states and tobacco use has shifted toward electronic nicotine delivery systems. This expansion has led to new laws, more abundant scientific inquiries and increased mainstream use, despite the lack of research on long-term effects.
GMS 6440 Fundamentals of Medical Physiology
This is an introductory course that teaches the basic functions of the human body. Students explore normal physiology and common diseases in each organ system. Participation in online workshops will help students understand the integration of physiology with genetics, genomics, molecular biology and cellular physiology as a basis for understanding human disease.
GMS 6401 Medical Renal Physiology
This course teaches the functions of the renal system of the human body at a level required for clinical medicine and basic research in medical physiology. Students will explore how systems act in an integrated manner to regulate overall body functions and how the failure of these normal physiologic functions and integrations are associated with some diseases.
GMS 6402 Medical Respiration Physiology
This course teaches the functions of the pulmonary system of the human body, including the uptake, transport and utilization of oxygen and other blood gases. Students will discover acid-base physiology and the mechanisms for controlling pulmonary function and gain an understanding of how the pulmonary system works with other systems.
GMS6474 Medical Cardiovascular and Muscle Physiology
This course teaches the functions and regulation of the muscle and the cardiovascular system. Students will learn adaptations that occur in response to exercise, the environment and disease and apply their knowledge of these systems to identify when a cardiovascular system may fail when associated with some diseases.
Elective Courses for the Master’s Degree
Select 6 credits from the following courses to fulfill your elective requirements for the master’s degree in medical physiology and pharmacology.
GMS 6419 Medical Endocrinology and Reproduction
This course teaches the functions of the endocrine and reproductive systems of the human body. Students will gain an understanding of hormone function, including the hormonal control of reproduction, how the hormonal systems work with other human systems to regulate body functions and the diseases associated with the failure of the endocrine and reproductive systems.
GMS6479 Medical Gastrointestinal Physiology
This course teaches the functions of the digestive system of human body. Students will explore how the endocrine and neural mechanisms control the gastrointestinal systems and gain an understanding of how the systems act in an integrated manner to regulate overall body functions.
GMS6410 Physiology of Circulation of Blood
This course exposes students to in-depth discussion and understanding of several aspects of cardiovascular function, including control of cardiac development, vascular and microvascular function, baroreflex and chemoreflex control of the circulation, role of the kidney and central nervous systems in cardiovascular regulation, the maternal and fetal circulation in normal pregnancy and the use of gene therapy tools in cardiovascular research.
GMS6413 Advances in Hypertension Research
This course delves into important, current aspects of hypertension research. It begins with
clinical trials and pharmacogenomics and considers mono- and polygenic forms of hypertension, dietary/environmental influences leading to salt dependent hypertension/metabolic syndrome/type 2 diabetes, neural control of BP and stress-induced hypertension, endothelial dysfunction / inflammation and stem cells in hypertension and hypertension in pregnancy and fetal programming of hypertension.
GMS6414 Advanced Renal Physiology and Pathophysiology
This course exposes students to in-depth discussion and understanding of several aspects of kidney function, including physiological control of glomerular filtration and glomerular function in renal disease, regulation of renal sodium excretion, morphology of renal transporters, renal mechanisms of acid base balance and the renal physiologic responses to normal pregnancy.
GMS6470 Advanced Respiration Physiology 1
This courses teaches advanced topics in respiration physiology, including quantitative understanding of atmospheric, alveolar and blood gas pressures, as well as quantitative understanding of oxygen carriage in blood and alterations in blood chemistry that result from changes in blood gases. Students build an understanding of the respiratory physiology concepts in theoretical models.
GMS6475 Advanced Respiration Physiology 2
Students explore advanced topics in respiration physiology, including a quantitative understanding of hypoxia, hypo- and hyper-baric atmospheric pressures, physical properties of breathing (lung and chest wall compliances, airway turbulence) and central nervous system mechanisms controlling respiration (arterial and medullary chemoreflexes, cardiopulmonary receptors, vasomotor and heart rate responses to changing blood gases).