The Certificate in Drug Disposition and Metabolism prepares students to describe the distribution properties of drugs throughout the body in order to optimize drug action and predict and prevent toxicity.

Why Study at Iowa

Iowa's College of Pharmacy maintains a strong position as a leader in pharmacy research at the university, state, national, and international levels.

The college's research facilities include the University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals (UIP), the largest and most experienced university-affiliated, FDA-registered pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the United States. This lab produces both sterile and non-sterile dosage forms and has been developing formulations, manufacturing products, and conducting analytical testing for almost 45 years. UIP can support the manufacturing and testing of both clinical and commercial products. 

Researchers in the college continually explore and expand their knowledge in the development of new drugs and drug delivery systems, the clarification of the mechanisms of drug action, the optimization of safe and effective drug therapy, and the redefinition of the role of pharmacy and drug therapy in the rapidly changing health care system. 

Course Work

The undergraduate Certificate in Drug Disposition and Metabolism requires a minimum of 16 semester hours of credit. Students may choose from two certificate subprogram areas: kinetic processes and modeling or toxicology. 

Course work will focus on:

  • Evaluation of quantitative parameters used to describe drug disposition patterns
  • The molecular basis for drug action
  • Identification of common chemical properties and biochemical transformations that cause toxic responses
  • Biochemical pathways affected by environmental, drug, food, and accidental exposures
  • The role of drug development in the regulatory approval process

See Drug Disposition and Metabolism, Certificate in the UI General Catalog for details on required course work. Some courses may have prerequisites that must be completed before registering.

To learn more about prerequisite courses needed for this certificate, review the Undergraduate Certificate of Drug Disposition and Metabolism on the College of Pharmacy website

Admission Requirements

Any University of Iowa student who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program may earn this certificate.

Students must submit an Enrollment Questionnaire to the College of Pharmacy's Office of Undergraduate Education to request admission to the certificate program.

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 and earn a minimum grade of B-minus in all prerequisite courses. Those who do not meet these admission requirements should contact the associate dean for undergraduate education to discuss admission to the certificate program.

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Student Opportunities

In addition to having nearly 600 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from multiple Study Abroad Programs and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.


Students who complete this program will be well prepared for opportunities in biomedical and clinical investigation; biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, and pharmaceutical industries; health sciences professions; regulatory agencies; or for advanced graduate or professional education. 

Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.


The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

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Focus Areas
Kinetic Processes and Modeling