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Medical Pharmacology & Therapeutics II: Cardiovascular, Renal and Respiratory Systems

  • Course Number: GMS 6530
  • Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
  • Course Format: Online and asynchronous 
  • Course Syllabus: View Full Course Details

Course Description

This course focuses on drugs and biologics that target the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems. Particular attention is devoted to the subject of heart failure and the medications that can be used to treat this condition, such as antianginals. Students who successfully complete this course gain an understanding of the diversity of small molecule drugs and the mechanisms by which they target the systems of the body covered in this course.

Topics Covered:

  • Cardiovascular System – Heart and Vasculature
  • Heart Failure
  • Antianginals
  • Antiarrhythmics
  • Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
  • Anticoagulants
  • Respiratory System and Drugs
  • Renal System – Kidneys and Urinary
  • Antihypertensives
  • Diuretics

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the diversity of small molecule drugs that target the cardiovascular, renal and respiratory systems. 
  1. Understand the mechanisms by which drugs and biologics targeting the cardiovascular and renal systems act in the body and at their targets, including the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of these agents. 
  1. Demonstrate the ability to apply pharmacological principles of clinical and basic science relevancy by multiple-choice examinations, research assignments and quiz exercises. 

Final Grade Calculation  

  • 50% problem sets 
  • 20% research assignments: 
    • Heart Failure 
    • Hypertensives 
  • 30% final exam 


This course requires a BA or BS and a strong science foundation with at least 5 full semester courses related to biology, chemistry and/or physics.

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