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    PHA 6354 Natural Medicinal Products*

    This course has been developed to introduce students to the procedures and processes associated with the production, isolation, characterization and use of medicinal drugs of plant origin.

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    PHA 6357 Herbal and Dietary Supplements*

    The College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida offers a course in herbal and dietary supplements to healthcare professionals interested in advancing their knowledge in this growing field. The course covers the most important and commonly used herbal and dietary supplements currently on the market and provides up-to-date information including:

    • Description of plant or natural resources used as herbal or dietary supplements
    • Traditional uses and history
    • Clinical use
    • Recommended Dose
    • Pharmacology and proposed mechanism(s) of action
    • Adverse effects, potential drug interactions, and advice for use during pregnancy
    • Additional links to important resources

    This course is offered entirely online and specifically designed for healthcare professionals such as:

    • Pharmacists
    • Physicians
    • Nurses

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    PHA 6417 Pharmaceutical Analysis 2*

    This course focuses on the characterization and the structural proof of drug compounds routinely encountered in Forensic and Pharmaceutical laboratories. Each module, accompanied by specific aims, will be supplemented with figures, animations, and links to appropriate web sites that will provide the materials necessary for course completion. Grades will be based on performance on the assignments accompanying each module. Students are expected to utilize information presented in each module to develop and complete their module assignments. Other activities will include online discussions of course topics and current issues that relate to pharmaceutical and forensic drug analysis.

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    PHA 6425 Drug Biotransformation & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity

    This course provides a strong conceptual foundation of enzymology and mechanisms of drug biotransformation pathways. As a foundation for learning, we will provide examples of drugs and other xenobiotics that exhibit toxicity related to biotransformation. Students are expected to use information presented in each module to develop and complete given assignments. Other activities will include online discussions of current news articles and scientific publications that relate to drug metabolism, toxicology and biochemistry.

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    PHA 6534 Toxicology of Chemical Weapons

    This 3-credit course is structured to comprehensively provide the student with the fundamental toxicologically relevant concepts of weapons that can be used to create mass casualties. These weapons are often called weapons of mass destruction, a term that is closely related to but not synonymous with mass-casualty weapons (a technically more appropriate term). This course will focus on chemical agents and toxins as the toxicologically relevant mass-casualty weapons. Each of the eight modules in the course will consist of specific objectives, one or more illustrative cases, a list of the primary references that the student will be expected to acquaint himself or herself with, a brief introduction, a section of teaching material and study tips, and assignments designed to stimulate critical thinking.

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    PHA 6556 Introduction to Clinical Toxicology*

    This 3-credit course, which is based on written modules, is structured to comprehensively provide the student with the fundamental concepts of clinical toxicology. Specifically, basic methods and procedures commonly employed in Clinical Toxicology are introduced and explained as well as the concept of Clinical Toxicology as an interdisciplinary science within the field of healthcare. We aim to supplement this information with frequent case studies, detailed module objectives and critical thinking exercises using online journal articles and assignments for each module.

    Conflict of Interest statement: All parties involved in planning, organizing, writing, and administering this continuing education activity have declared no conflict of interest.

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    PHA 6557 Clinical Toxicology 1*

    Clinical Toxicology 1 is a 3-credit course that provides students with knowledge about the toxic effects of a number of important therapeutic drug classes as well as additional insight into a number of organ systems that have not been covered in General Toxicology. Specifically, the course will cover the cardiovascular principles and which important drug classes are commonly involved with toxic side effects that might present to healthcare professionals. A number of medications used for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders is also commonly associated with a wide range of toxic effects that require immediate attention in a clinical setting. Also, inherently linked to toxicity is the use of antibiotics and chemotherapeutics which display a number of specific toxic effects.

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    PHA 6935 Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Clinical Toxicology

    This 3-credit course, designed around the required text, is structured to comprehensively provide the student with the fundamental concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics as they relate to the analysis of data. Students will learn to critically evaluate and understand data analyses and results presented in the medical literature by applying principles of epidemiology and methods of biostatistics. This information is supplemented with online study guides, detailed module objectives and critical thinking exercises using online journal articles.

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    PHA 6935 The Toxicology of Licit and Illicit Drugs of Abuse

    A wide range of drugs are frequently encountered in the ED and in everyday practice settings. Among them are a majority of cases of substance use disorders that involve both licit and illicit drugs.

    Recognizing the symptoms of toxidromes early, providing adequate intervention and treatment to the patient, and ensuring the safety of those delivering care are critical components of this course. Following a brief recap of the basics of medical toxicology and toxidromes, the course will focus on the different classes of drugs, their commonly encountered abuse, treatment approaches, and legal components such as drug testing.

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    PHA 6935 Occupational Toxicology

    Occupational toxicology is a specialty field of clinical toxicology that investigates and applies the principles of toxicology to potential exposures to chemical and biological toxicants in the workplace. The effects of such exposures can have both acute and chronic long-term implications on the health of the individual.

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    PHA 6563 Pathophysiology of Disease I

    Pathophysiology of Disease I is a 3 credit course that provides students with an integrated understanding of pathological changes pertinent to the development and progression of various diseases, thereby building the foundational knowledge needed to understand drug treatment of these various disease states. The basics of cellular function, the cardiovascular system, the renal system and the respiratory system will be discussed, as well as dysfunction of these organ systems and diseases that arise from such dysfunction.

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    PHA 6935 Pathophysiology of Disease II

    The Pathophysiology of Disease II is a 3-credit course that provides students with an integrated understanding of pathological changes pertinent to the development and progression of various diseases.  The basics of immunology, gastrointestinal system, neurological system and endocrine system will be discussed in addition to the relevant disease states caused by pathophysiological abnormalities.

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    PHA 6936 Literature survey (Clinical Toxicology)

    This one credit course involves the completion of a term paper on a relevant topic of clinical toxicology. Students will research scientific literature available to them online, through the UF e-journals, and other relevant sources. Students will prepare a fully referenced term paper in no less than 5000 words on a Clinical toxicology related subject approved by the course instructor.

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    PHA 6936 Special Topics in Clinical Toxicology (final exam using ProctorU)

    This one-credit course is a two-day orientation and final comprehensive examination. It will include an online orientation via BigBlueButton, the final written comprehensive examination online taken via ProctorU, and an oral examination for completion of the MS degree requirements. Students should register for this course in their final semester of their MS degree. The University of Florida requires that you are registered for the following number of credits during the term you are graduating: Summer term: 2 credit hours; Fall/Spring term: 3 credit hours. Because the Special Topics course is only 1 credit, you will need to be sure you meet the credit requirement as noted above.

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    VME 6602 General Toxicology

    This 3-credit course, which is primarily book-based, is structured to comprehensively provide the student with the fundamental concepts of toxicology as they relate to specific organ and tissue systems. We aim to supplement this information with online study guides, detailed module objectives and critical thinking exercises.

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    VME 6605 Toxic Substances

    This course will provide in-depth information on physiological, pharmacological and toxic effects of chemical toxins and carcinogens. Each module will contain detailed learning objectives and reading assignments. Students will be graded on their responses to critical thinking exercises linked to the course reading materials, which will require interpretation of research data, clinical data, and toxicological testing methodologies as well as online timed quizzes. Other activities will include online discussions of current news articles and scientific publications that relate to toxicology and biochemistry.

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    VME 6766 Laboratory QA/QC

    This course teaches the key components of QA/QC and will help students to understand the need to produce sound scientific data using appropriate standards and controls, written procedures and method validation no matter what field they are employed in. This course will offer a generic description of what is required in the formation of a quality system in any laboratory. This will be achieved by describing the key principles in any QA/QC program with reference to the FDA, EPA and ISO guidelines, together with specific examples from different specializations in those particular fields.

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