Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Online pharmacology and toxicology courses | Arts and Science ONLINE

Fundamentals of Pharmacology & Therapeutics

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PHAR 370 (formerly PHAR 270)/3.0

This course introduces the basic principles and clinical applications of pharmacology. Topics covered include the general principles of drug therapy, the use of therapeutics in the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and gastrointestinal systems and drugs used in infection, inflammation and cancer.

Learning Outcomes

After completing PHAR 270, students will be able to:
  1. Apply the principles of drug therapy to solve basic pharmacokinetics problems.
  2. Source and critically analyze phase 3 clinical trials to recognize a well-designed, valid study for a new drug.
  3. Describe how drugs affect the body and how the body affects drugs to predict beneficial and adverse drug effects.
  4. Discuss the use of therapeutics in a variety of physiological systems and processes to propose basic therapeutic plans for common diseases or ailments.
  5. Explain how drugs target and combat infections and cancers to evaluate the pros and cons of available treatment options and to advocate for appropriate use to decrease the emergence of resistance.


PHAR 270, Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, is an interdisciplinary course that introduces the basic principles and clinical applications of pharmacology. This 12-week course covers six themes or topics. Students will work through the topics online, using a combination of online modules, readings, and short video clips. Students will participate in a variety of assessments throughout the course that will encourage communication and teamwork, as well as ensure concepts have been understood and can be applied to real life scenarios. At the end of the course, students will have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of pharmacology and therapeutics.


Winter 2023
Course Dates: 
Jan. 9 - Apr. 10, 2023
Exam Dates: 
April 14-27, 2023


10% - Pharmacokinetics Problems and Simulations
15% - Virtual lleum Lab
15% - Research Presentation on Assigned Drug
10% - Written Report: Solving a Clinical Case
10% - Midterm Exam
40% - Final Proctored Exam

Students must pass the Final Proctored Exam to pass the course

**Evaluation Subject to Change**


Professor Ozolinš

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 9 - 10 hours a week (114 hours per term) in study / practice and online activity for PHAR 270.

Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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