MPharm (Clinical Pharmacy) Course Descriptions

This course introduces to the concepts and abilities required for a clinical pharmacist in relation to interpersonal skills and their responsibilities for caring and respecting the patients’ needs and beliefs. Legal and ethical issues are also discussed in this course.  The student works with and discuss real and complex patient cases with a focus on drug-related problems, while highlighting the need for continual professional development.  Pharmacist Interventions, wider public health issues, and the awareness of guidelines are also studied to reflect the changes which occur in drug development and disease management.
CP902: PHARMACOVIGILANCE (1 CH, First Semester)
This course covers the principles of Pharmacovigilance methodology, reporting of adverse drug reactions, identifying the sources and documentation of Individual Case Safety Reports (ICSRs), medical dictionary (MedDRA) and Medical aspects in Pharmacovigilance, safety monitoring in Clinical Trials and signal detection.
This course is designed to provide students with various important aspects of basic concepts & principles of pharmacokinetics with special emphasis on clinical applications. Principles of clinical pharmacokinetics will be thoroughly covered with special emphasis on pharmacokinetic variability, therapeutic drug monitoring, individualization of drug therapy, kinetics of drug interaction and pharmacokinetic approach to new drug discovery.
CP904-1: PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS I (3+1 CH, First Semester)
The aim of this course is to provide the students with the knowledge of the pathophysiology, clinical presentations, pharmacology of drug classes used for disease management (pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug/drug interactions, dosage calculations, and adverse effects), treatment algorithm, and goals of therapy and patient education of: 1) Cardiovascular, 2) Endocrine and 3) Gastroenterology disorders.
CP904-2: PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS II (3+1 CH, Second Semester)
The aim of this course is to provide the students with the knowledge of the pathophysiology, clinical presentations, pharmacology of drug classes used for disease management (pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug/drug interactions, dosage calculations, adverse effects), treatment algorithm, goals of therapy and patient education of: 1) Infections, 2) Oncology, 3) Hematological, 4) Renal, and       5) Respiratory disorders.
This course covers the etio-pathophysiology, epidemiology clinical characteristics and evidence based, pharmacotherapy for disease management, treatment algorithm, goals of therapy and patient education of Rheumatology, Autoimmune disorders, Neurology disorders, Psychiatric disorders, and Venerology.
CP905: PHARMACOECONOMICS (1 CH, Second Semester)
This course covers the introduction of pharamcoeconomics, need and practice of pharmacoeconomic analyses in drug management, basic types of pharmacoeconomic analyses, drug utilization studies. This course also covers the description of measuring quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) and analysis of costs.
CP906: CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY (2 CH, Second Semester)
The aim of this course is to cover the advanced understanding of various Special aspects topics which deals with Immunosuppressive Agents, clinical uses of Immunosuppressive Drugs, Immunologic Reactions to Drugs & Drug Allergy. Diagnosis and staging of cancer is also covered with special aspects on cancer chemotherapy.

This course also includes study of advanced concepts in prenatal, pediatric and geriatric pharmacology. During the course, students will learn to make selected clinical decisions regarding using current, reliable sources of information, understanding of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, developmental physiologic considerations, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of drugs and the management of poisoned patients
This course integrates epidemiological and biostatistical techniques, emphasizing applications to clinical research (including study design, bias and confounding, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, sample size calculations, and introduction to parametric and nonparametric tests). Students will gain practical skills in developing a research project and in carrying out data analyses. This course helps the students develop the writing skills of research proposals, reports, thesis, and articles in international standards. The course familiarizes the students with using a statistical package and gives them the skills needed for effective data management, data manipulation, and data analysis at a basic level. The course will develop fundamental skills in using a statistical package through classroom demonstrations and independent lab. This helps the students get acquainted with different research strategies and identify potential research plans that will help them in their future research projects.
Clinical Clerkships (14 CH, Third & Fourth Semester)
Clinical clerkship is for 28 weeks each during third and fourth semester, during which students will be assigned primarily to clinical rotations in different hospital departments of Dubai Health Authority approved facilities. Each student’s experience will include total four weeks each on Internal medicine, Infectious diseases, Pediatric care, Intensive Care, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and a two-week block on any two of the following Selection:
  • Psychiatry
  • Drug Information Service
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition
  • Ambulatory Care/Community Pharmacy
Research Project & Dissertation (6 CH, Third (3CH) & Fourth (3CH) Semester)
After successful completion of didactic courses in year one in Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls (DPCG), Students are required to go for clinical clerkship rotation in Hospitals in Year two. During their training, students are required to conduct a publishable research for a minimum of 12 weeks in clinical, hospital or community related topics. The research project must exhibit original investigation, analysis and interpretation. All the senior academic staff of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice unit will be involved in supervising the M. Pharm Clinical pharmacy postgraduate students in their research as part of the curriculum. Students are required to prepare a proposal for their research/review topic. If the project involves interaction with the patients or patient data then they are required to apply for institutional ethical approval in DPCG. They are also required to get an approval from DHA/MoH, if the data collection site is in DHA/MOH hospitals. Students utilize hospital databases, library databases to conduct the research/reviews.  Students have to submit the report at the end of Clerkship training and have to do final presentation of the research to fulfill the requirement of Master of Pharmacy (Clinical Pharmacy) program.