Pharmacology is the study of how drugs affect the body. The topics covered will introduce you to the key concepts governing how drugs work before moving onto exploring how drugs are used to treat the main diseases you will encounter in the practice of pharmacy. The focus of these latter topics will be on identifying the mechanism of action of each class of drug and why it is useful to treat the signs and symptoms of a specific disease.
To succeed in this subject you will need to draw on your foundations in both physiology and pathophysiology. Foundational knowledge from these earlier subjects is important because the primary therapeutic goal of treatment is to either return a patient to their normal physiological state or mask the symptoms associated with their condition. You will also find that the knowledge and skills developed in this subject will prepare you for pharmacotherapeutics (drug selection) and professional practice, where communicating drug information is a key skill.
School of Biomedical Sciences
The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.