The Graduate Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine will be awarded to students who successfully complete the following course work. This program has similar format and objectives to the Graduate Diploma but is designed for those people who wish to obtain a limited competency in the areas described. The program is offered as a part time distance learning program and will take a minimum of one year to complete.
To fulfil the program requirements, students must satisfactorily complete four core courses, each worth 6 units of credit.
completion of a recognized bachelor degree
meet English requirements.
* Some programs have additional entry requirements, please contact UNSW for this information.
The courses within the program start with a general overview of the drug development process, with a focus on drug discovery, chemistry relevant to drug discovery and development issues, pharmacokinetics and codes of practices and standards, and regulation of medicines in Australia. Significant attention is given to understanding the pharmacology and pharmacodynamic properties of drugs and how this relates to pharmacokinetics also. This is explored further in drug safety assessments leading up to the first human clinical testing. As the story of development of a drug from discovery through to human testing progresses in the program we deal with the important principles of clinical trial practice and management. This includes protocol development, obtaining regulatory and ethical approval, planning trial recruitment, data management and data reporting. The course closes with an introduction to the Law as it pertains to the development of new drugs. Emphasis is upon Administrative Law as it applies to the review of regulatory decisions provided by the Therapeutic Goods Act. The processes involved in the regulation of medicines, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, and medical devices within Australia are discussed in detail, along with the requirements of other international agencies.
PHAR9101 Principles of Drug Action (6 UOC)
PHAR9127 Safety and Efficacy (6 UOC)
PHAR9104 Legal/Regulatory Devlp of Med (6 UOC)
PHAR9120 Clinical Development of Med (6 UOC)
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