Distance Master of Science Degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology

Overview

The Distance Master of Science degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology is a program designed to train individuals in molecular, cellular and organ systems pharmacology and toxicology. The program provides advanced scientific knowledge in pharmacology and toxicology and is designed for individuals who are seeking additional academic qualifications that will facilitate their advancement at their place of employment, or will increase their competitiveness for admission to other graduate or professional degree programs. All courses are offered on-line in order to provide full opportunity for students regardless of their geographic location, work schedules, or familial obligations.

The Distance M.S. student will work with two primary research advisors. One will be an appropriate person at their remote site and the second will be a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology who agrees to mentor the student. Both research advisors are involved in overseeing the formulation and progression of the thesis research project.

The Distance M.S. program requires 30 total hours; 17 hours of didactic coursework that are offered on-line plus 13 credit hours of research activity, research proposal and final written thesis. The research activity is normally conducted at the student’s workplace under the supervision of the off-site advisor in collaboration with, and guidance from a willing KU research advisor selected from the Pharmacology and Toxicology faculty.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

P&TX 750: Pharmacology I- Introduction to Pharmacology and Biotechnology. 3 credits.

An introduction to the field of Pharmacology, with an initial focus on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drug action in the body. The second section covers protein-based therapeutics, and biotechnology including an examination of basic principles of molecular biology, immunology, and protein chemistry as they apply to the identification, production, stability, delivery, and monitoring of new therapeutic agents provided by the expanding biotechnology industry.  

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

P&TX 751 : Molecular Toxicology. 2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamentals of the experimental methods used in a modern toxicology laboratory. The course will also cover the mode of toxicity of a number of classes of drugs and the therapeutic approach to patient treatment.  The student is also required to create their own 50 minute didactic lecture on a chosen topic within the field of toxicology in consultation with the course director.  The student will then deliver the lecture to the course advisor in a digital format.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

P&TX 752: Pharmacology II- CNS and ANS. 3 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamental concepts of the autonomic nervous system, central nervous system, and select diseases of the CNS and their pharmacology.  

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

P&TX 753: Pharmacology III- Cardiovascular and Renal System.  2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamental principles of the cardiovascular system, renal system and their associated pharmacology.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

P&TX 754: Pharmacology IV- Endocrinology& Diabetes. 2 credits.

A detailed study of the fundamental concepts of endocrinology and their associated pharmacology. A section with emphasis on the pathophysiologic details of diabetes and the pharmacology of treatment of the disease and associated complications is included.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

P&TX 755: Pharmacology V- Inflammation & Immunology, Gastrointestinal Pharmacology, Reproductive Pharmacology. 2 credits.

This course is a detailed study of the fundamental concepts of gastrointestinal pharmacology, reproductive pharmacology, the pharmacology of inflammatory-related diseases and immunological pharmacology.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

P&TX 756: Biomedical Statistics. 3 credits.

This course is primarily focuses on the analysis of experimental and observational data, with an emphasis on biomedical and pharmacological applications. The topics covered by the course include the design of experimental studies, data collection, probability theory, descriptive statistics, probability distribution, hypothesis testing, T-test, analyses of variance for factorial designs, linear and multiple regression, analysis of covariance and non-parametric methods.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

 

REQUIRED On-LINE RESEARCH OFFERINGS:

P&TX 785: Research Proposal.  2 credits.

To satisfy the research requirement for the on-line distance M.S. program in Pharmacology and Toxicology, the aspiring student must define a research project and prepare a written proposal describing the nature and goals of the project.  It is suggested that the student in conjunction with their distance research mentor collaborate in the selection of and the definition of the proposed research.  The proposal should consist of the following element: an overall goal or hypothesis, a statement of significance of the research, and a research plan consisting of several specific aims. 

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

 

P&TX 885: Research in Pharmacology and Toxicology.  9 credits (up to 2 per semester).

Original investigations at an advanced level in the areas of pharmacology or toxicology or related fields. This research will be performed by graduate students in collaboration at their place of off-site mentoring in collaboration with the faculty mentor.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology and consent of KU Pharmacology and Toxicology Faculty Mentor.

 

P&TX 889: Master's Thesis. 2 credits. (during final semester thesis is to be completed).

Independent investigation of a research problem of limited scope, leading to the preparation of a written Master’s Degree thesis.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Distance M.S. Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

 

Research Proposal Preparation Guidelines

To satisfy the research requirement for the on-line distance M.S. program in Pharmacology and Toxicology, the aspiring student must define a research project within the first semester.  The student will be expected to prepare a written proposal describing the nature and goals of the project.  It is suggested that the student work in conjunction with their distance research mentor and collaborate with the KU Pharmacology and Toxicology Faculty Mentor in the selection of and the definition of the proposed research.  The proposal should consist of the following elements: an overall goal or hypothesis, a statement of significance of the research, and a research plan consisting of several specific aims.  The following description serves to define expectations regarding proposal preparation.

Project Title

An appropriate title should be created that describes the overall research topic.

Overall Goal

A short statement is to be written wherein the scope of the project is clearly defined.

Background and Significance

The student should familiarize themselves with published work that is related to the chosen research area.  A short summary of this background should be provided in a manner that indicates knowledge of the area and goes on to describe the significance of the proposed research in adding to and extending knowledge.

Specific Aims

The overall project should be envisioned as a series of sub-goals, which as they are individually accomplished, allows achievement of the overall goal.  The specific aims should include a description of the experiments to be conducted.  It should be clearly stated what is to be accomplished in each specific aim and how these results relate to the achievement of the overall research goal.

Bibliography

Appropriate literature citations should be provided in each section of the proposal, as justification for the proposed research, and to clearly indicate that the student has familiarized themselves with the research topic.

Length

The M.S. research proposal should be limited to approximately four pages, excluding the bibliographic section.

Credit

The Thesis preparation and oral defense will satisfy two credit hours of the research requirement.


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