Doctor of Pharmacy – Course Descriptions
ENG 101 English Language
The course provides an intensive instruction in the writing process focusing on the organization of ideas in well-developed paragraphs with some emphasis on developing vocabulary. It prepares students for expository and argumentative essays.
COM 101 Professional Communication Skills
The course emphasizes on important skills that enable the student to communicate effectively in their role of patient care and education as well as in their work place. It ensures professionalism, efficacy and productivity. This will help the students to learn the knowledge, skills and practice, lay the foundation for clear communication as well as for development of a trusting relationship in formal hospital settings. Activities will emphasize on basic communication skills such as writing official documents and presenting with strategy, knowing your audience and tailoring your messages to fit the role, knowing ethical and cultural guidelines as well as developing a stronger interpersonal communication through decoding verbal and non-verbal questions and resolving conflicts effectively.
IT 101 Information Technology
This course aims to develop effective literature search, scientific writing and presentation skills. It intends to enable the students to understand the various types of scientific literature available, perform an effective literature search, write a review on a scientific topic, prepare effective tables and graphs and present effective oral and poster presentations. The student will be made aware about plagiarism as well.
ICU 101 Islamic Culture
The course aims to the learner to the concepts and beliefs in Islam that form the basics of Islamic culture. The students are expected to identify the differences, compare values and preferences in Islamic culture with the existing ones. The course consists of a general review of Islam as a religion and as an approach to life. The objective of this course is to enable the student to demonstrate awareness of the effects of culture upon interpersonal communications and to interact appropriately to the culture of the colleague/patient.
DPH 110 General and Organic Chemistry
The course covers topics related to the different chemical reactions, measurements and figures, electronic structure and periodicity. The chemical bonding, molecular forms, intermolecular bonding and forces are also discussed. In addition to the physical and chemical properties, emphasis is given to topics like acids and bases, chemical equilibrium and radioactivity. The course also includes common organic reactions with emphasis and focus on the chemical bonding, nomenclature and different reactions of alkanes, alkenes and alkynes.
DPH 111 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I
This course integrates knowledge of both the anatomical structure and physiological functions of the human body. The anatomy of the different systems; muscular, integumentary, endocrine and nervous system in general are discussed. The course also includes the structure and function of the normal cell; tissues in general, their different types, microscopic characteristics, locations, distribution and functions in the human body and of the different organ systems and their respective roles and functions in the organization of the body. The physiology is integrated with anatomy for each system of the human body. Topics which are covered in detail include the organization, regulation and function of the muscular, integumentary, endocrine and nervous system.
DPH 112 Pharmacy and Healthcare I
This course is designed to introduce features of the healthcare system in the United Arab Emirates. Historical improvements that happened in the health professions are discussed. The course also covers a comprehensive overview of key features of public health and disease prevention. It also explains different roles of healthcare team members as an introduction to Inter-Professional Education.
DPH 120 Physical pharmacy
The course provides the students with a wide background in physical pharmaceutical principles essential for their pharmacy study in the next years. The course aims at introducing important pharmacy related physical principles in areas such as states of matter, solubility and distribution, Surface and interfacial phenomenon, phase equilibrium and phase rule, solutions of electrolytes and non-electrolytes, adsorption, buffers and isotonic solutions and rheology. The course also presents basic understanding of particle size as it applies to pharmaceutical sciences.
DPH 121 Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry
The pharmaceutical organic chemistry course is aimed to present fundamentals of certain topics in organic chemistry and applications in a brief and suitable manner related to the pharmaceutical field of study. It covers the pharmaceutical importance of functional groups aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, alkyl and aryl halides, alcohols, ethers and epoxides, phenols, amines, carboxylic acids and esters, and heterocyclic compounds. The course will emphasize the pharmaceutical importance of these functional groups, their molecular structures and properties, classification, structure, conformations, nomenclature, physical properties, preparation and reactions.
DPH 122 Shared Lab I (Shared between Chemistry and Pharmaceutics)
The course represents the practical application of the knowledge taught in the courses of physical pharmacy (DPH 120) and pharmaceutical organic chemistry (DPH 121).
DPH 123 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This course integrates knowledge of both the anatomical structure and physiological functions of the human body. The anatomy of the different systems; Nervous, cardio-vascular, Lymphatic, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary and Reproductive are discussed. The physiology is integrated with anatomy for each system of the human body. The physiology topics which covered in detail include the organization, regulation and function of the Nervous, cardio-vascular, Lymphatic, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary and Reproductive systems
AHP 101 Arabic for Health Professionals
The course is designed for both Arabic and non-Arabic speakers to enable them to communicate in health professional settings. Many role plays will help students of basic and advanced levels at the same time to understand each other’s problems while speaking to the person with language limitations of any kind. Course will enable non-native speakers to acquire basic knowledge in greetings and simple communication with patients. All students will function as an effective team member and contribute to peer learning.
BSE 101 Behavioral Sciences and ethics
The course is designed to give an overview of the main topics in behavioral sciences and Ethics including biological basis of behavior, mental processes, sensation and perception, learning, motivation, intelligence, human development, personality, socialization, social groups, changes in trends, problems of determined individual’s and universal ethical principles. The objective of the course is to enable the student to understand and apply the knowledge, skills and attitude developed in this course to communicate effectively. Students will learn and practice strong values, ethical conduct and social responsibilities, especially personal, academic and professional integrity while developing collaboration in diverse team settings. Students will be trained to display sensitivity to cultural, psychosocial and ethical issues.
USO 101 UAE Society and Cultural Diversity
This course focuses on the unique nature of the UAE society and its political, geographical, cultural, demographical, and social aspects. It highlights the Emirati perspective of contemporary global changes. This course allows the students to explore the Emirati society in global context. The students will be able to get an insight into the unique political, geographical, cultural, demographical, and social aspects of the UAE society. They will use this knowledge in their interpersonal dealings with the individual members of this community when they meet them in the work-related settings or the community. Students will develop awareness of cultural diversity advantages and disadvantages and discuss cultural, social and communication sensitivities and will be able to relate themselves to global context.
BIS 101 Biostatistics
In this introductory course in Biostatistics will cover the basics aspect in statistics which include the types of variables, measurements, descriptive statistics such as measures of central tendency and dispersion, and inferential statistics which as hypothesis, testing of hypothesis using various statistical test, the correlation coefficient and its statistical significance and the basics in regression analysis. This course will help the students to select an appropriate statistical test for analyzing data from different types of research, interpret the result and apply the results to make decisions.
DPH 210 Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics
This course is designed to familiarize students with the both biological factors and physicochemical characteristics of the drug influence on drug absorption from gastro- intestinal tract; emphasize the importance of dosage form selection and how it affects the clinical outcome. This course deals with the rate processes of drug disposition, derivation of mathematical models to calculate the time course of drug and metabolite concentrations following drug administration. In addition, the course will discuss the pharmacokinetics of drug disposition following one compartment, multi compartment and non-linear pharmacokinetic models for different rout of administration.
DPH 211 Genetics and Clinical Immunology
This course discusses the principles of human genetics with application to the study of biological function. The course covers the major topics in cellular and molecular immunology, including innate immunity, B cells, T cells, dendritic cells, cytokines and mucosal immunity. In addition, the course covers autoimmune, allergic and immunodeficiency diseases, as well as new advances in interventional and clinical immunology and the molecular and genetic basis of immunologically-mediated diseases.
DPH 212 Pharmaceutics I
An introductory course that deals with pharmaceutical calculations needed in prescriptions and the basic technique of compounding simple aqueous and non-aqueous pharmaceutical solution dosage forms. This course will also introduce the formulation aspects of some dosage forms including: solutions, suspensions, emulsions, creams, ointments and suppositories. Moreover, detailed information will be supplied about quality control tests used in evaluation of each dosage form.
DPH 213 Pharmaceutical analysis
This course describes the basic principles covering instrumental methods of analysis in areas of electrochemical, chromatographic and spectroscopic analysis such as the, HPLC, TLC, HPTLC, UV–visible spectrophotometry, fluorimetry AAS, IR, NMR and MS. The applications of these methods in pharmaceutical compounds, dosage forms and drugs and their metabolites in biological fluids are also included.
DPH 214 Shared Lab II (Shared between Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical analysis)
The course represents the practical application of the knowledge taught in the courses of Pharmaceutics 1 (DPH 212) and pharmaceutical analysis (DPH 213).
DPH 215 Principles of Pathophysiology, Drug Action and Pharmacogenomics
This course provides foundation knowledge and principles of pathophysiology and pharmacology. It also covers pharmacogenomics considerations and applications in individual patient care. It prepares the students for the integrated pharmacotherapy course series.
DPH 216 Biochemistry
This biochemistry course deals with complete understanding of the molecular level of the chemical process associated with living cells. It provide basic knowledge of the structure-function relationships of biological molecules, especially proteins, lipids and carbohydrates which enable the student to appreciate derangement of function resulting from abnormalities in structures of the biomolecules, it provides Important concepts include bioenergetics, biological catalysis, and metabolic pathways as interacting regulated systems processes.it covers the regulation and integration of major metabolic pathways, roles of enzymes, coenzymes and their mechanisms of action, isoenzymes & its role in health & illness are also highlighted .It covers the chemical structure of vitamins and their rules in health and diseases. Course designed to provide a firm foundation in biochemistry in one semester for understanding the interpretation of clinical Lab Data (PS 333).
DPH 217 Professional Skills I
This course is the first in Professional Skills Series. Skills expected to develop with this course are complimentary to the course Pharmacy & Healthcare. It includes evidence based practice, communication, and drug information skills.
DPH 220 Integrated Pharmacotherapy I
This course integrates topics from pathophysiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacotherapy in renal disease, acid/base disorders, clinical nutrition, autonomic nervous system, pulmonary disease, hematology and immunology and rheumatology. Each disease groups are in modules that contain details of topics from integrated sciences.
DPH 221 Pharmaceutics II
The course demonstrates the design and formulation of tablets and capsules. Moreover, the course includes an introduction for sterile drug delivery systems, their advantages and disadvantages. The design, formulation and quality control of ophthalmic and injectable dosage forms; including isotonicity as well as sterilization techniques are studied.
DPH 222 Microbiology
This course deals with the study of the biological characters of different groups of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and their classification. It also familiarizes the students with the mechanism of action of antimicrobials, antimicrobial sensitivity testing as well as sterility testing. Furthermore, the course deals with the role of microorganisms in infectious diseases. The covered topics include pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis, prevention and control of the different bacterial, viral, fungal, protozoal and helminths infections.
DPH 223 Shared Lab III (shared between Pharmaceutics II and Microbiology)
The course represents the practical application of the knowledge taught in the courses of pharmaceutics II (DPH 221) and microbiology (DPH 222).
DPH 224 Pharmacy and Healthcare II
This course is designed to provide the students with a comprehensive overview of key principles related to self-care and the use of non-prescription products. The course empowers the students to engage in health promotion and community engagement activities e.g., smoking cessation. Being highly accessible healthcare professionals pharmacists are placed well in the society to promote health and wellness of the consumers of healthcare.
DPH 225 Professional Skills II
This course trains students to develop certain skills related to pharmacy practice. Skills expected to develop with this course are complimentary to the topics in Integrated Pharmacotherapy I.
DPH 226 Scholarly Pathway I
This course lays foundation for pharmacy research. It includes methods for literature review, ethical principles, terminologies, and basic statistics for pharmacy research.
DPH 230 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience I
This course is the first in a two-part series of in a real world community pharmacy setting designed to allow the students the opportunity to develop and apply skills based on the knowledge and practice in previous courses. The objectives of this introductory are to develop professional communication skills, acquire knowledge of community pharmacy practice and become familiar with different brand names of over-the-counter (OTC) medications available in the UAE market. In addition, students are expected to dispense prescriptions under supervision of the pharmacist.
DPH 310 Integrated Pharmacotherapy II
This course integrates topics from pathophysiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacotherapy in endocrine system and cardiovascular diseases. Each disease groups are in modules that contain details of topics from integrated sciences.
DPH 311 Clinical Pharmacokinetics
This course enables the students to understand pharmacokinetic basis of drug interactions, effect of various disease states on the clinical pharmacokinetic parameters. The course also covers the methods of therapeutic drug monitoring to adjust the dose of narrow therapeutic index drugs in different patient populations. This enables the student to design dosing regimen in clinical conditions considering the patient, disease, drug interactions and pharmacogenomics factors.
DPH 312 Pharmaceutics III
The course comprises the knowledge of pharmaceutical plant design, machinery, the theoretical background and practical demonstration of different manufacturing processes like: mixing, filtration, extraction, drying and packaging technology. Moreover, the solution kinetics of drug degradation, rate processes and reaction order for simple & complex reactions are discussed. Models for drug stability that predict the effect of formulation and storage factors on expiration date are also illustrated.
DPH 313 Pharmacy Law and Ethics
This course aims to discuss the components of the pharmaceutical legislations in the United Arab Emirates. In addition, the course will enable the students to adhere to the national and international ethical standards including the Good Pharmacy Practice as they relate to the profession. The legal aspects of starting a pharmacy and its operations will be discussed.
DPH 314 Professional Skills III
This course trains students to develop certain skills related to pharmacy practice. Skills expected to develop with this course are complimentary to the topics in Integrated Pharmacotherapy II.
DPH 315 Scholarly Pathway II
This course covers different methods used in pharmacy research. It includes detailed methods of qualitative and quantitative research designs. The supporting biostatistics is also discussed.
DPH 320 Integrated Pharmacotherapy III
This course integrates topics from pathophysiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacotherapy in cardiovascular, neurological and psychiatric diseases. Each disease groups are in modules that contain details of topics from integrated sciences.
DPH 321 Toxicology and Pharmacovigilance
This course covers the principles of the prevention and management of poisoning and drug overdoses. The course detail the concepts and practices of pharmacovigilance nationally and internationally. It also discusses on methods to establish pharmacovigilance operations in a hospital setting. Role of pharmacists in patient safety is also covered.
DPH 322 Pharmacy and Healthcare III
This course covers healthcare system deliveries and indicators for measuring the value of the system. The roles of different stakeholders in the healthcare system, including the international health agencies, Ministry of Health and Prevention, healthcare providers, health insurance organizations, and the consumers in developing health policies and efficient delivery of healthcare services are discussed. Students also gain an understanding of the leading policies that govern the pharmacy profession and its influence on the global healthcare delivery.
DPH 323 Pharmacotherapy in Special Populations
This course covers the common medical and healthcare issues in special populations. It include altered drug pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics of drug in the special populations like pediatrics, geriatrics, obese, pregnant or lactating patients resulting in altered drug response and drug safety issues. Moreover, the course gives the concepts of tailoring the pharmacist provided services, including the counselling, considering the patient diversity in the society. The course prepares the students to plan and proceed with population specific approach to the common disorders.
DPH 324 Pharmacognosy, Complimentary/Alternative Treatments
This course is designed to introduce students in their third professional year to Phytopharmaceuticals & dietary supplements utilizing an evidence-based approach and an overview of micro and macro perspectives of Complementary and Alternative Medicine which will enable the students in making rational decisions while advising patients. The focus is on herbs with proven clinical efficacy and discussions will include plant name, part used, adverse effects, contraindications, potential drug interactions, dose, mechanism of action and clinical evidence. A comparison between herbal preparations and other drugs in the management of specific conditions will be included to stimulate rational and evidence based approaches to therapeutic recommendations.
DPH 325 Professional Skills IV
This course trains students to develop certain skills related to pharmacy practice. Skills expected to develop with this course are complimentary to the topics in Integrated Pharmacotherapy III.
DPH 326 Scholarly Pathway III
This course covers critical appraisal of pharmacy literature. It will allow the student to read article from high and moderate reputation journals in pharmacy field and learn how to do full critical appraisal to be able to choose the best resources for information needed for the future recommendations in practice field. This course will make the student able to plan to do a research, write research proposal and submit for ethics approval.
Summer Term -2
DPH 330 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II
This course is the second in a two-part series of at a real world practice environment, but this time in an institutional pharmacy setting. The student will gain an appreciation for the profession of pharmacy with exposure to the real patients and develop professional attitudes, judgment and skills needed to function in this setting. This introductory pharmacy practice experience will smoothen the transition of the students from didactic learning to the exclusive experiential learning in the advanced pharmacy practice experience.
DPH 410 Integrated Pharmacotherapy IV
This course integrates topics from pathophysiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacotherapy in oncology, hematologic malignancies, hepatic disorders, GI disorders, women’s and men’s health. Each disease groups are in modules that contain details of topics from integrated sciences.
DPH 411 Pharmacoeconomics
This course covers the economic, clinical, and humanistic aspects of healthcare interventions, reflecting on health technology assessments. The course explains the methods to measure costs and outcomes in micro (clinical) and macro (administrative) economic levels. Different stakeholder perspectives and economic frameworks for the evaluation and interpretation of pharmacoeconomic analyses become center part of this course. Pharmacoeconomic modelling is also discussed.
DPH 412 Biotech/Advanced Drug Delivery Systems
The course includes the design and formulation of nanoparticles and nanovesicles and their application to enhance drug solubility and dissolution. Moreover, it contains the formulation and delivery aspects of transmucosal, transdermal and site-specific drug delivery systems. Also, the course includes the fundamentals of biotechnology derived pharmaceuticals and also covers existing current manufacturing technologies like automatic process control and software systems in industrial settings.
DPH 413 Pharmacy Management
This course covers essential pharmacy practice managerial skills including personnel and product management, addressing workplace conflict, continuous quality improvement, and leadership. The course places special emphasis on how to receive and respond to different types of patients in a pharmacy. The course builds upon these skills in the development of a business plan to implement an innovative pharmacy service.
DPH 414 Professional Skills V
This course trains students to develop certain skills related to pharmacy practice. Skills expected to develop with this course are complimentary to the topics in Integrated Pharmacotherapy IV.
DPH 415 Scholarly Pathway IV
This course covers aspects of conducting research. Students are expected to conduct research under supervision. The research shall be completed in this course or continued to scholarly pathway V.
DPH 420 Integrated Pharmacotherapy V
This course integrates topics from pathophysiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, and pharmacotherapy in infectious diseases. Each disease groups are in modules that contain details of topics from integrated sciences.
DPH 421 Professional Skills VI
This course trains students to develop certain skills related to pharmacy practice. Skills expected to develop with this course are complimentary to the topics in Integrated Pharmacotherapy V.
DPH 422 Scholarly Pathway V
This covers preparation of research report, preparation of research presentation for an appropriate conference and preparation of manuscript to be published in an appropriate journal. If the research undertaken in Scholarly pathway IV is long, research could be continued, but an interim report, presentation, and manuscripts should be prepared.
DPH 423 Pharmaceutical Marketing
The course covers essentials of pharmaceutical marketing based on fundamentals of marketing sciences. Essentials of how to connect to customers and brand building are discussed. Communication in pharmaceutical marketing is emphasized.
Pharmacy Electives Courses
DPH 316 Drugs in Sport
This course focuses on knowledge of drugs using in sports by the athletes and other person. It studies the perspective of International and national regulation of drug use, monitoring, testing and legal aspects of drug use in sports. This course will allow the student to explore the perspectives of the role of Athlete Support Personnel.
DPH 317 Clinical Problems in Parenteral Nutrition and Intravenous Therapy
This course is designed to explore the scope of clinical problems related to parenteral nutrition and intravenous therapy. Students will be taught the rationale of using various intravenous therapy and parenteral and enteral nutritional therapy with their advantages, disadvantages, complications and monitoring parameters.
Summer Term – 3 & Year 5
DPH 514 Clinical Seminar (Academic half day every 2 weeks throughout APPE)
This course is designed as a companion to all APPE experiences. During APPE, the student will identify a question that needs to be researched. Upon approval of the faculty supervisor, the student will research the question through systematic review of the literature following an evidence based practice approach. The student will deliver a presentation on the approach to answering the question. The presentation will be made before an audience of students, faculty, and practitioners.
Compulsory APPE Rotations
DPH 430 APPE I: Hospital Pharmacy Operations
This advanced pharmacy practice experience builds on didactic courses and introductory pharmacy practice experience about how to manage pharmacy operations. Based on current standards of pharmacy practice, efficient operations in both administrative and clinical levels will empower students manage pharmacy. Students will work on operations that interlinks with other departments in the institution.
DPH 431 APPE II: Community Pharmacy Practice
This advanced pharmacy practice experience in a community pharmacy setting builds on the abilities acquired from didactic learning and introductory pharmacy practice experience. It provides training in community pharmacy with opportunities to interact with public. The experience covers pharmacy management, dispensing process, patient counselling, and related services through community pharmacies.
DPH 510 APPE III: Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice I & DPH 511 APPE IV: Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice II
This advanced pharmacy practice experience in an ambulatory care setting builds on the abilities acquired from didactic learning and introductory pharmacy practice experience. It is a combination of 2 rotations with same objectives to provide sufficient training in ambulatory care practice.
DPH 512 APPE V: Inpatient Pharmacy Practice I & DPH 513 APPE VI: Inpatient Pharmacy Practice II
This advanced pharmacy practice experience in an inpatient setting builds on the abilities acquired from didactic learning and introductory pharmacy practice experience. It is a combination of 2 rotations with same objectives to provide sufficient training in inpatient pharmacy practice. The student will be involved in the practice and interact with professionals and patients.
Elective APPE Rotation
DPH 520 APPE VII: Drug Information
This advanced pharmacy practice experience is to enhance expertise in the management of medical/drug informatics. It imparts an advanced ability to retrieve, analyze, and communicate appropriate information on medications and health care issues to pharmacists, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals and the patients.
DPH 521 APPE VIII: Pharmaceutical Industry
The purpose of this rotation is for students to learn about the functions and activities of pharmaceutical manufacturers. The Pharmaceutical Industry rotation will afford students the opportunity to be exposed to different departments within the organization in order to gain a better understanding of the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the provision of healthcare.
DPH 522 APPE IX: Infectious Diseases
The advanced pharmacy practice experience provides a student with experience in the pharmacotherapeutic management of infections in direct patient care. The activities of the experience are to build upon abilities acquired from didactic learning and introductory pharmacy practice experience to provide services to patients with infectious disorders.
DPH 523 APPE X: Cardiology
The advanced pharmacy practice experience provides a student with experience in the pharmacotherapeutic management of cardiology patients in direct patient care. The activities of the experience are to build upon abilities acquired from didactic learning and introductory pharmacy practice experience to provide services to patients with cardiovascular disorders.
DPH 524 APPE XI: Psychiatry
The advanced pharmacy practice experience provides a student with experience in the pharmacotherapeutic management of psychiatric patients in direct patient care. The activities of the experience are to build upon abilities acquired from didactic learning and introductory pharmacy practice experience to provide services to patients with psychiatric disorders.
DPH 525 APPE XII: Oncology
The advanced pharmacy practice experience provides a student with experience in the pharmacotherapeutic management of oncology patients in direct patient care. The activities of the experience are to build upon abilities acquired from didactic learning and introductory pharmacy practice experience to provide services to patients with cancer.
DPH 526 APPE XIII: Pediatrics
The advanced pharmacy practice experience provides a student with experience in the pharmacotherapeutic management of pediatric patients in direct patient care. The activities of the experience are to build upon abilities acquired from didactic learning and introductory pharmacy practice experience to provide services to pediatric patients.
DPH 527 APPE XIV: Geriatrics
The advanced pharmacy practice experience provides a student with experience in the pharmacotherapeutic management of geriatric patients in direct patient care. The activities of the experience are to build upon abilities acquired from didactic learning and introductory pharmacy practice experience to provide services to old patients.