Welcome to the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology’s brand new online Pharmacology course.

“Pharmacology: Principles and Clinical Applications” covers both the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles of pharmacology, and is intended for individuals who wish to complete a credit-equivalent course in preparation for admission to health professional programs (including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing), for those working or interested in industry and government careers who seek to improve their knowledge in pharmacology, or for individuals with a general interest in expanding their understanding of this important medical discipline.  The course consists of over 50 hours of illustrated narrated lectures, vignettes that apply this knowledge to relevant clinical settings.

Pre-requisites: Although there are no formal pre-requisites for this course, good standing in a human biology course at the senior secondary or introductory university level is highly recommended.  Students must also have access to a reliable high-speed internet connection for the duration of the course.

Note: This course is offered through the School of Continuing Studies. It cannot be used towards the fulfilment of degrees offered at any of the three campuses of the University of Toronto.


About the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

The Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Toronto is among the oldest and largest in North America, with its official foundations in 1887, at the same time that the Faculty of Medicine was re-established in the University of Toronto.

We offer training in pharmacology and toxicology to both undergraduate and graduate students who may subsequently go on to exciting research, regulatory and administrative careers in academic, industrial and healthcare provision settings. Our research laboratories are located not only in the core Department situated in the Medical Sciences Building on the downtown St. George campus, but also within a number of nearby university Departments, Faculties, university-affiliated research institutes and teaching hospitals.

This strategic positioning also enables a wealth of potential opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with internationally recognized investigators within one of the largest and densest existing concentrations of biomedical research expertise in North America.

Current areas of research investigation in the Department include Receptor Pharmacology, Signal Transduction Pathways, Neuropharmacology, Drug Addiction Studies, Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacogenetics, Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Clinical Pharmacology, Behavioural Pharmacology, Immunopharmacology, Endocrine Pharmacology and Molecular Toxicology.

Feel free to browse the department’s website for more information on our programs and our faculty members. If you are a prospective undergraduate or graduate student and an exciting and rewarding career in pharmacology appeals to you, please don't hesitate to contact our office for further details on applying to one of our programs!