Academics

MPharm (Clinical Pharmacy) Course Descriptions

CP901: CLINICAL PHARMACY PRACTICE (2 CH, First Semester)

Course Coordinator: Prof. Mirza Baig

This course introduces to the concepts of what is required from a pharmacist in relation to interpersonal skills and asks the student to reflect upon the pharmacist’s responsibility to care for patients and to respect patients’ needs and beliefs. Legal and ethical issues are also discussed; prescriptions interpreted and clinical checks made, while highlighting the need for continual professional development. Government interventions, wider public health issues, and the awareness of guidelines are also studied to reflect the changes which occur in drug development and disease management.

 

CP905: PHARMACOVIGILANCE (1 CH, First Semester)

Course Coordinator: Prof. Mirza Baig

This course covers the principles of Pharmacovigilance methodology, reporting of adverse drug reactions, identifying the sources and documentation of Individual Case Safety Reports (ICSRs), medical dictionary (MedDRA) and Medical aspects in Pharmacovigilance, safety monitoring in Clinical Trials and signal detection.

 

CP903: CLINICAL PHARMACOKINETICS (2 CH, First Semester)

 

Course Coordinator: Prof. Aliasgar Shahiwala

This course is designed to provide students with various important aspects of basic concepts & principles of pharmacokinetics with special emphasis on clinical applications. Principles of clinical pharmacokinetics will be thoroughly covered with special emphasis on pharmacokinetic variability, therapeutic drug monitoring, individualization of drug therapy, kinetics of drug interaction and pharmacokinetic approach to new drug discovery.

 

CP904-1: PHARMACOTHERAPY I (3+1 CH, First Semester)

Course Coordinator: Dr. Juliana F Roos

This course covers the pathophysiology, clinical presentations, pharmacology of drug classes used for disease management(pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamics, drug/drug interactions, dosage calculations, adverse effects), treatment algorithm, goals of therapy and patient education) of: 1) Cardiovascular disorders 2) Endocrine disorders 3) Gastroenterology disorders

 

 

CP904-2: PHARMACOTHERAPY II (3+1 CH, Second Semester)

 

Course Coordinator: Dr. Juliana Ross

This course covers the pathophysiology, clinical presentations, pharmacology of drug classes used for disease management (pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamics, drug/drug interactions, dosage calculations, adverse effects), treatment algorithm, goals of therapy and patient education) of infections, oncology, Hematology disorders, Renal disorders, and Respiratory disorders.

 

CP904-3: PHARMACOTHERAPY III (2 CH, Second Semester)

Course Coordinator: Prof. Mirza Baig

This course covers the pathophysiology, clinical presentations, pharmacotherapy of drug classes used for disease management (pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamics, drug/drug interactions, dosage calculations, adverse effects), treatment algorithm, goals of therapy and patient education) of Rheumatology, Immunology disorders, Neurology disorders, Psychiatric disorders, and dermatovenerology and also expose the students to current epidemics.

 

CP905: PHARMACOECONOMICS (1 CH, Second Semester)

Course Coordinator: Prof. Mirza Baig

This course covers the introduction of pharamcoeconomics, need and practice of pharmacoeconomic analyses in drug management, basic types of pharmacoeconomic analyses, drug utilization studies. This course also covers the description of measuring quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) and analysis of costs.

 

CP906: CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY-I (2 CH, Second Semester,

Course Coordinator: Dr. Rawoof Khan

The course covers the advanced understanding of various Special aspects topics which deals with Immunosuppressive Agents, clinical uses of Immunosuppressive Drugs, Immunologic Reactions to Drugs & Drug Allergy. Diagnosis and staging of cancer is also covered with a special aspects on cancer chemotherapy. This course also includes study of advanced concepts in prenatal, pediatric and geriatric pharmacology. During the course, students will learn to make selected clinical decisions regarding using current, reliable sources of information, understanding of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, developmental physiologic considerations, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of drugs and the management of poisoned patients.

 

CP905: CLINICAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS (2 CH, Second Semester)

Course Coordinator: Prof. Mirza Baig

This course is the integration of epidemiological and biostatistical techniques with an emphasis on applications to clinical research (including study design, bias and confounding, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, sample size calculations, and introduction to parametric and nonparametric test). Students will gain practical skills in developing a research project and in carrying out data analyses.

 

Clinical Clerkships (14 CH, Third & Fourth Semester)

Clinical clerkship is for 14 weeks each during third and fourth semester, during which students will be assigned primarily to clinical rotations in different hospital departments of Dubai Health Authority approved facilities. Each student’s experience will include total four weeks each on Internal medicine, Infectious diseases, Pediatric care, Intensive Care, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and a two week blocks on two of the following Selection:

 

·      Psychiatry

·      Drug Information Service

·      Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

 

·      Total Parenteral Nutrition

 

Research Project & Dissertation (6 CH, Third (3CH) & Fourth (3CH) Semester)

This is one year long hospital based research project conducted by the students under the supervision of DPC faculty. Each student is responsible for developing and performing their own research project. Students are encouraged to work with others in the hospital, but they must make an active and significant contribution to the project. Students develop technical writing and oral presentation skills by writing a final report on their project, and by defending their work in a final presentation before experts.