Pharmacokinetics (PK) examines the factors that influence the concentration of a drug at a site of action. PK involves the time-course of the concentration of the drug (and its metabolic products) in the body, including the processes of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion. Pharmacodynamics (PD) examines drug effects and mechanism(s) of action.
An understanding of PK and PD is thus critical to every stage of drug development, from pre-clinical research through human clinical trials. Students trained in this track employ equations and models to describe drug concentrations in plasma, blood and other biological samples. The advent of new biotechnology products, combination drug products, drug delivery platforms, and nanotechnology formulations place individuals with PK-PD expertise in high demand for pharmaceutical and medical companies.
Sample curriculum for Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics track
Courses listed in blue are core classes required for all tracks; courses in red are required for the specific track; courses in green are representative electives (specific selections will be determined by the advisor and student based on career goals).
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