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Fundamentals of Pharmacology is a Course

Fundamentals of Pharmacology



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2-3 hrs/week



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The Fundamentals of Pharmacology course overviews principles underlying drug action, including an investigation of current treatments for a variety of common diseases. In addition, this course will implement activities that apply pharmacological principles to discuss emerging therapeutic strategies and issues.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain fundamental principles of drug action, including how drugs affect the body and how the body affects drugs
  • Map a drug's path in the body based on route of administration
  • Explain factors contributing to varied drug response among a population
  • Describe the mechanism of action, general effect(s), and therapeutic use(s) for major drug classes
  • Apply pharmacological principles in discussing novel or emerging therapeutic strategies

Target Audience: Pharmacy students, medical professionals and other people that are interested in healthcare, medicine, and pharmacy.

Course is offered by The Ohio State University Global One Health Initiative.

Course Instructors

Molly Downing

Molly Downing, PhD.

Clinical Instructor

Molly Downing is a Clinical Instructor in the College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University. She received her B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Purdue University and Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University. At The Ohio State University, she has taught pharmacology in a variety of courses to both undergraduates and professional pharmacy students. Outside of the classroom, she works closely with Generation Rx, an initiative that educates the general public about how to safely use prescription medications in an effort to prevent their misuse. She is the former Assistant Director of the Generation Rx Lab at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), where she assisted with assessing the experimental impact of teaching the general public medication safety through conducting hands-on science experiments. In addition to working with Generation Rx, she also directs a summer science and career exploration program for high school students interested in the pharmaceutical sciences.

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