Academic Programs Catalog

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Integrative Pharmacology - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in Integrative Pharmacology is an online program designed to train individuals in whole animal and organ systems-level pharmacology as well as to develop knowledge in laboratory research and business acumen. The program provides advanced science and practical knowledge in integrative pharmacology and is designed for individuals who seek career advancement and leadership roles in academic, government or industrial laboratories. The Master of Science degree in Integrative Pharmacology is especially suited to those individuals with some professional experience in laboratory research, but all graduates of biology or chemistry programs will benefit.  Course work provides freedom to explore those physiological systems that will allow students to continue to build upon their current research endeavors, while providing skills to interface with colleagues in regulatory affairs, production, and marketing.  All courses are offered online in order to provide full opportunity for students regardless of their geographic location or work schedules.

Master of Science

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Human Medicine, or Veterinary Medicine, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Applicants will be accepted into the program after review of application materials by an admissions committee composed of faculty from the department.  A faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology will serve as the student’s academic advisor and chairperson of their guidance committee.  The guidance committee will assist the student in planning the program of study that is related to the student’s interests and professional goals, and fulfills college and university requirements.

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with at least 3 credits in chemistry and 3 credits in a biological science.  Preference will be given to applicants with undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry or related sciences and who are currently employed in an academic, government or industrial laboratory.  A letter of intent and two letters of recommendation are required for consideration for admission.

Applicants who do not meet all of the requirements listed above may be admitted provisionally, and permitted to enroll for collateral course work, not to count toward the degree.  The course work must be approved by the program director.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Integrative Pharmacology 

The student must complete at least 31 credits under Plan B (without thesis).
1. All of the following courses (11 to 15 credits):
PHM 819 Principles of Drug-Tissue Interactions 2
PHM 822 Academic and Research Integrity 1
PHM 830 Experimental Design and Data Analysis 3
PHM 832 Applied Integrative Pharmacology Laboratory 3
PHM 895 Applied Project in Integrative Pharmacology 3 to 6
or
PHM 980 Problems 2
2. Science electives (12 to 15 credits):
BLD 830 Concepts in Molecular Biology 2
PHM 430 Human Pharmacology 3
PHM 450 Introduction to Chemical Toxicology 3
PHM 813 Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Toxicology 3
PHM 817 Neurotoxicology 2
PHM 828 Concepts in Carcinogenesis 2
PHM 829 Neuropharmacology 2
PHM 831 Endocrine Pharmacology and Toxicology 2
PHM 833 Gastro-Intestinal and Liver Pharmacology and Toxicology 2
PHM 834 Respiratory Pharmacology 2
PHM 835 Biopharmaceuticals: From Development to Manufacturing 3
PHM 837 Autonomic Pharmacology 1
PHM 840 Safety Pharmacology 2
PHM 841 Cellular and Molecular Toxicology 3
VM 812 Food Safety Toxicology 3
3. Professional electives (6 to 9 credits):
BLD 842 Managing Biomedical Laboratory Operations 2
PHM 659 Regulatory Affairs and Project Management in Clinical Research 3
PHM 850 Communications for Biomedical Researchers 2
PHM 851 Intellectual Property and Patent Law for Biomedical Sciences 2
PHM 854 Leadership and Team-Building for Biomedical Research 2
PHM 855 The Business of Biomedical Research Organizations 2
PHM 857 Project Management 2
PHM 858 Project Management and the Drug Development Process 3
4. Students must complete one of the following:
a. a significant, on-the-job project that addresses a research, theoretical or applied problem in whole animal or organ level pharmacology culminating in a written report, suitable for publication. Projects must be pre-approved by the student’s advisor.
b. a significant literature-based research project culminating in a written literature review, suitable for publication. Topics must be pre-approved by the student’s advisor.

Academic Standards

Students enrolled in the Master of Science degree in Integrative Pharmacology are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0. A student who does not maintain a 3.0 grade-point average will be placed on probation. Students will be given one year of enrollment to achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average, otherwise, dismissal from the program may result.