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Program Overview

The online graduate certificate in Safety Pharmacology offers an opportunity for individuals to obtain specific knowledge related to a distinct scientific discipline in the pharmaceutical industry. Safety pharmacology specializes in the preclinical testing of drug candidates for adverse effects on physiologic functions.

Program Outcomes

Students will gain advanced science knowledge in principles of pharmacology, safety pharmacology guidelines, and the drug development process. Program participants will be better prepared to conduct risk-benefit assessments required for preclinical evaluation of drug safety.

Career Outlook

The Safety Pharmacology certificate provides an opportunity for recipients to apply for more advanced, specialized research and development positions in the pharmaceutical industry.



  • PHM 819Principles of Drug-Tissue Interactions2 Credits
  • PHM 840Safety Pharmacology2 Credits
  • PHM 858Drug Development Process3 Credits


  • PHM 431 Pharmacology of Drug Addiction3 Credits
  • PHM 450Introduction to Chemical Toxicology3 Credits
  • PHM 813Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Toxicology3 Credits
  • PHM 817Neurotoxicology2 Credits
  • PHM 829Neuropharmacology2 Credits
  • PHM 830Experimental Design and Data Analysis3 Credits
  • PHM 831Endocrine Pharmacology and Toxicology2 Credits
  • PHM 833Gastro-Intestinal and Liver Pharmacology and Toxicology2 Credits
  • PHM 834Respiratory Pharmacology2 Credits
  • PHM 835Biopharmaceuticals: From Development to Manufacturing3 Credits
  • PHM 841Cellular and Molecular Toxicology3 Credits
  • PHM 857Project Management2 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Completed coursework

    A minimum of 3 credits in chemistry and 3 credits in biology. Preference will be given to applicants with additional science coursework and/or professional experience.

  3. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    Complete a personal statement, including the reasons why the certificate program is well-suited to the applicant’s current or future career.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 4218) in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  2. International Graduate Application (VISA information is not required for this online program)
  3. Letters of recommendation are NOT required for application to the certificate program
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Key Dates

Fall 2021

Application Deadline

June 1, 2021

Spring 2021

Application Deadline

October 1, 2020

Summer 2021

Application Deadline

February 1, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $9,614
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $9,614
  • Total


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