American University of Beirut

Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Chairperson:Sabra, Ramzi
Professor:Sabra, Ramzi ; Khoueiry Zgheib, Nathalie
Professor Emeritus:Cortas, Nadim; Simaan, Joseph
Associate Professor:Zouein, Fouad
Associate:Puzantian, Houry​

The field of pharmacology embraces knowledge of the history, sources, physical and chemical properties, compounding, biochemical and physiological effects, mechanisms of action, absorption, distribution, biotransformation, excretion, and therapeutic and other uses of drugs. The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology offers mainly graduate courses for students in the medical, biomedical and nursing fields. Only one undergraduate course is available, specifically designed for students pursuing a BS in Nursing.

Graduate courses include those offered to medical students, graduate students in the biomedical sciences pursuing either a MS or PhD, degree, and graduate students in the MS in Nursing program. With the complete integration of the preclinical years in the medical program, pharmacology teaching occurs throughout the first two years of medical training within integrated, mostly organ-system based, courses. In addition, sessions in clinical pharmacology are offered during the third year of medical school as a separate 1-credit course.

The MS graduate program in the department (in the discipline of Pharmacology and Therapeutics) consists of a minimum of two years of didactic and research training leading to the degree of Master of Science. Students who wish to enroll must have a BS and must have taken undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry (including organic chemistry) and physics. Required courses within the program include courses within the disciplines of biochemistry, physiology and cell biology, and the PHRM 300 course (see below) for a total of 21 credits, followed by a thesis (PHRM 399).

The PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology is offered within the PhD program in biomedical sciences (refer to Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center - PhD Program in this catalogue).

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