Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The department of pharmaceutical sciences is committed to educate and train pharmacy student in subjects focusing on the design, action, and disposition of drugs. This task dictates the establishment of basic knowledge in different disciplines; such as; calculus, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular medicine, along with biomedical subjects such as; anatomy, histology, physiology, microbiology and immunology. The taught subjects will build the knowledge of the students and prepare them to progress further and study;
- Medicinal chemistry; via which the students will study the biological activities of drugs that are derived from their chemical structures. All drug groups acting on different body systems will be classified and covered along with their mechanisms of action, structure activity relationship. This subject will also introduce the students to their pharmacology and clinical use.
- Pharmaceutics; through which the student will acquire knowledge about different drug formulations that are designed to optimize drug delivery, stability, pharmacokinetics, and patient tolerability. Such knowledge will be delivered via two courses; dosage form and stability and drug delivery.
- Pharmacokinetics; this subject describes how the body affects a specific drug/chemical compound after its being administered into the human body. Mechanisms of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion from the body will be covered in details.
- Pharmacology: is the study of the biochemical and physiological effects of drugs on different body systems. It covers the molecular and cellular mechanisms of drugs, and their medical application. The approach used to teach pharmacology is clinically based, where “integrated pharmacotherapy courses” will cover every body system separately. Such integration involves; pathophysiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics.
- The department will also organize other courses that help the students to acquire the basic skills for research such as biostatistics and basic research methods, along with the basic skills in laboratory practice in line with good laboratory practice.
Full time highly qualified faculty have joined the department, in addition to the tremendous support and contribution from college of medicine and college of science faculty.