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 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. 

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.


Focus Areas
Kinetic Processes and Modeling
Careers and Outcomes

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 a 95 percent job/grad school placement rate within six months of graduation. Our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

Student Opportunities

In addition to more than 500 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from more than 100 Study Abroad Programs and multiple Undergraduate Research Opportunities.


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

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 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.