Herbal and Dietary Supplements
PHA 6357 Herbal and Dietary Supplements

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This is a 3-credit course.


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


Module Topic
Module 1 Definitions and drug extraction procedures
Module 2 St. John’s wort and other antidepressant herbal and dietary supplements
Module 3 Kava kava and other anxiolytic supplements
Module 4 Valerian and other sleep-inducing herbal remedies
Module 5 Ginkgo and other neuroprotective supplements
Module 6 Case studies I
Module 7 Black cohosh and other supplements for menstrual irregularities
Module 8 Saw palmetto and other supplements for Men’s health
Module 9 Ginseng and other CNS and weight loss supplements
Module 10 Bilberry and other supplements for circulatory disorders
Module 11 Supplements for other disorders
Module 12 Case studies II

If you have additional questions about the content of this course, please contact the course instructor, Oliver Grundmann (grundman@ufl.edu), Clinical Assistant Professor.

Note to Non-UF Students:

Students new to the University of Florida system who wish to take this course as an elective for other institutions, for continuing education outside of a degree-seeking program, or do not otherwise wish to apply to a University of Florida program at this time need to fill out a Non-Degree Application [found here] during the enrollment process. Critical dates for enrollment are located here.

Follow all instructions carefully and complete all sections, but do NOT send the materials to the address indicated on the admissions form. Instead send it by fax to 352-273-8716 or scan and email to dess@ahc.ufl.edu. Please mention in the email or fax the course you will register for. There is not an application fee. The second page referring to residency is required for everyone. If you are not located in Florida, please sign and date the top of the form.

Transfer of credit instructions after completion of the course:

Transcripts are not automatically sent to the student after each term and must be requested by the student.

To gain access to your unofficial transcript online, go to One.UF at UF. You will need your gatorlink ID username and password. Once in the system, click on ‘records’ and ‘unofficial transcripts’. If you have graduated or not taken courses for more than a term, you will not have access to the unofficial electronic transcript.

For official transcripts, follow the Transcript Request Procedures to request transcripts from the Registrar. Grade transcripts can be requested only after the grades are released through One.UF. If you have a valid Gatorlink username and password you can login to One.UF and verify if the grades have been posted to the transcript before ordering the transcript.

Required Materials:

No Textbooks are required for this class.

Library Access:

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