Courses Catalogue

Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics

COURSE CODE: PCL 2202
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Clinical Medicine and Community Health, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Allied Health Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

Clinical pharmacology is the science of drugs and their clinical use. It is underpinned by the basic science of pharmacology, with an added focus on the application of pharmacological principles. It mainly focuses on the use of drugs in managing medical conditions in the general population.

Course justification
The role of a clinical officer is to make a diagnosis and prescribe appropriate medication to the patients/clients as appropriate. This cource prepares the student for that role in clinical settings.

 Course Aim
This course prepares the student with the skill, knowledge and the attitudes necessary for rational drug use, drug legislation and professional principles in drug prescription and dispensing. This course aims at enabling the student have a critical view that will facilitate the rational selection and prescription of drugs.

Course Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, the students will be able to:
a)      Demonstrate knowledge of the therapeutic principles of the drugs used in the treatment of disease in the various systems of the body. They should know the details of; broad mechanisms of action, main therapeutic indications, adverse effects, clinically significant drug interactions
b)      Demonstrate rational evidence based use of drugs.
c)      Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of prescription writing and monitoring of patient compliance.