PHAR 400
Molecular Pharmacology

This course is designed to present the pharmacological basis of therapeutics by discussion of the principles of drug action and the mechanism of action of representative agents. The course will focus on the chemistry, mechanism of action, and pharmacologic action of drugs on the autonomic and central nervous systems, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, immune system, and chemotherapy. A review of the relevant physiology and pathophysiology of each organ system will be presented, and the molecular basis for drug action will be presented in context of those systems.


Understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the molecular mechanism of pharmacologic action of medications used in disorders of the autonomic and central nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune systems.
  • Identify molecular mechanisms of chemotherapy for microbial infections and cancer.
  • Apply this knowledge to explain how medications alter physiology and pathophysiology to treat disease.
  • Explain how medications cause toxicity by affecting off-target molecular and physiologic pathways.
  • Synthesize molecular and physiologic actions of medications to understand how medication classes that are used to treat diseases.
  • Evaluate case reports of patients who are treated with medications.



Class Type

Graduate Course




Spring 2022


Session B