BMS236 Integrated Pharmacology and Pathophysiology for Allied Health Practice (8)

In this subject, students will apply their foundational knowledge of pathophysiological and pharmacological principles to analyse the neurological, endocrine, digestive, integumentary and musculoskeletal systems. Students will also extend their knowledge of pathopharmacology in relation to chronic disease, with a focus on genetic disorders, cancer, diabetes and infection.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS236. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Assumed Knowledge

Foundational knowledge of physiology and principles of pharmacology.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to differentiate between a healthy neurological, endocrine, digestive, integumentary and musculoskeletal system and one impacted by disease
  • be able to explain the mechanism of action and properties of medicines used for the treatment of neurological, endocrine, gastrointestinal, cutaneous and musculoskeletal pathology
  • be able to evaluate the pharmacological management of chronic disease
  • be able to explain the pharmacological basis supporting treatment decisions in allied health practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Genes and genetic disorders
  • Neurophysiology / neuropharmacology / pharmacology for psychological disorders
  • Endocrine pathophysiology & pharmacology: thyroid dysfunction
  • Infection / antimicrobial Agents
  • Haematology / haematological pharmacology
  • Pharmacology for cutaneous pathology
  • Musculoskeletal pathophysiology & pharmacology
  • Digestive function / GI pharmacology
  • The impact of chronic stress and contemporary health issues
  • Cancer and chemotherapy treatments


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.