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Graduate Certificate in Safety Pharmacology

Program Details

This completely online program to earn a graduate certificate in Safety Pharmacology from Michigan State University is designed to train students in safety pharmacology. This study is a combination of elements from pharmacology, toxicology, and physiology. Those who enroll in this program will follow a curriculum that is in accordance with the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) guidelines and FDA regulations. In order to apply to this program, students must have a bachelor’s degree, have taken both a biology and chemistry course, and write a reflective essay about how this certificate program would compliment their current or future work.

Students will complete a total of 11 credits from three required classes, and two additional classes from an approved list. The mandatory classes are Principles of Drug-Tissue Interactions, Drug Development Process, and Safety Pharmacology. These classes total 7 credit hours, therefore, students will need to choose 4 more credits from a list of 12 courses to fulfill the 11 credit requirement.

Topics within courses will focus on the pharmacodynamic effects of different substances on systems in the body such as cardiovascular, respiratory, and central nervous systems. After successfully completing this course, students will be prepared to work with risk-benefit assessments required drug safety evaluation.


Students must have a bachelor’s degree with at least one course in biology and one course in chemistry.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools


At present, MSU is not authorized to offer online programs/distance education to any residents of Arkansas or Maryland.