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.
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.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
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 to learn more about required course work. Some courses may have prerequisites and students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they may register. Prerequisite course work does not count toward certificate requirements.