Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    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


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

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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