Departments of Faculty of Pharmacy.
The faculty embraces 9 departments: Pharmaceutics, Clinical Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology. In addition to English Language, Computer Science, Mathematics and Research courses.
1- Pharmacology:Pharmacology is the science of drug action on biological systems. In its entirety, it embraces knowledge of the sources, chemical properties, biological effects and therapeutic uses of drugs. It is a science that is basic not only to medicine, but also to pharmacy, nursing, dentistry and veterinary medicine. Pharmacological studies range from those that determine the effects of chemical agents upon subcellular mechanisms, to those that deal with the potential hazards of pesticides and herbicides, to those that focus on the treatment and prevention of major diseases by drug therapy. Pharmacologists are also involved in molecular modeling of drugs, and the use of drugs as tools to dissect aspects of cell function.
2- Clinical Pharmacy:Clinical pharmacists work directly with physicians, other health professionals, and patients to ensure that the medications prescribed for patients contribute to the best possible health outcomes. Clinical pharmacists practice in health care settings where they have frequent and regular interactions with physicians and other health professionals, contributing to better coordination of care. The clinical pharmacist is educated and trained in direct patient care environments, including medical centers, clinics, and a variety of other health care settings. Clinical pharmacists are frequently granted patient care privileges by collaborating physicians and/or health systems that allow them to perform a full range of medication decision-making functions as part of the patient’s health care team. These privileges are granted on the basis of the clinical pharmacist’s demonstrated knowledge of medication therapy and record of clinical experience. This specialized knowledge and clinical experience is usually gained through residency training and specialist board certification.
3- Pharmaceutics:Pharmaceutics is the discipline of pharmacy that deals with delivering biologically active compounds to the body through strategies that are designed to elicit an optimal therapeutic response. An understanding of pharmaceutics allows scientists to convert a potential drug into an effective medicine that can be administered to patients in an effective, safe and convenient manner. Pharmaceutics department at MSA University concentrates on five main areas of study:
- Dosage form design, the development of the most appropriate form or method for administering a pharmaceutical compound.
- Biopharmaceutics, the study of absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs and toxins in the body.
- Pharmacokinetics, the study of the disposition of a drug or toxin once it enters the body, especially in relation to time and concentration.
- Drug Delivery, the design of medical interventions, carriers and vehicles from macro-scale to the scale of molecules and atoms to deliver drugs or genes to its target organs.
- Industrial Pharmacy, linking students with the pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.
4- Pharmacognosy:Pharmacognosy department offers various courses in Pharmacognosy as a part of the 5-year B.Sc Pharmaceutical Sciences degree programme, these courses are planned to provide the students with the most recent developments in areas dealing with the nature, chemical composition, therapeutic uses and analysis of drugs from natural sources.
5- Analytical Chemistry:Analytical Chemistry is the study of separation, identification and quantification of the chemical components of natural and artificial materials. Analytical Chemistry is also focused on improvements in experimental design, chemometrics and the creation of new instrument tools to provide better chemical identification. Analytical chemistry has applications in forensics, bioanalysis, clinical analysis, environmental analysis and material analysis.
6- Organic Chemistry:Organic Chemistry is the pharmacy student’s first gate for many pharmaceutical science fields. It links Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical chemistry for the Identification, synthesis, crystallization and purification of many important medicinal compounds.
7- Pharmaceutical Chemistry:Pharmaceutical Chemistry is an applicable science that links organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and pharmacology to meet the requirements of drug chemical structures and their use in medicine based on structure activity relationship and drug design.
8- Biochemistry:Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes within and relating to living organisms. By controlling information flow through biochemical signaling and the flow of chemical energy through metabolism, biochemical processes give rise to the complexity of life. Biochemistry is a tool with which we can investigate and study molecular biology.
9- Microbiology:Microbiology is an applicable science that deal with organisms (bacteria, virus, fungi and parasite) affecting host (human) to understand how disease occur, relation between organism and host, immune defense, antibiotic effect (action and resistance), most communicable diseases affecting community and prevention and control of many diseases.