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Medical Pharmacology & Therapeutics IV:
Cancer, Antimicrobial and Antiparasitic Agents

  • Course Number: GMS 6540
  • Credit Hours: 2 credit hours
  • Course Format: This online course is tailored for asynchronous distance learners.
  • Course Syllabus: View Full Course Details

Course Description

This course studies cancers and microbial/parasitic infections. This course will cover the fundamentals of small molecule drugs and therapeutic biologics and their actions in the treatment of cancers and of microbial and/or parasitic infections. Specific topics include chemotherapy, antibacterials and antivirals, among others.


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.

Course Highlights Include

Anticancer drugs, antibiotics, and toxicology.

Who This Course Is For

This course is beneficial for individuals wanting to pursue a career in medicine or pharmacy and for professionals in pharmacy, drug development, biotechnology, pharmacology, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, clinical scientists, professors, and researchers.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Hallmarks of Cancer
  • Carcinogenesis
  • Anticancer Drugs
  • Growth Factor Inhibitors
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Immunosuppressant Drugs
  • Principles of Chemotherapy
  • Antibacterials
  • Antifungals
  • Antivirals
  • Antiparasitics
  • Toxicology

For more course information, please refer to course syllabus.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this course will prepare students to study pharmacology and therapeutics in the context of translational research and specific human physiologies and pathophysiologies. These students will be able to:

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


This is a self-paced course that is offered in the spring, fall and summer.

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