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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

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Drug interactions will be presented with an emphasis on evaluating the risk of the interaction in a particular patient. Patient counseling and communication techniques will be covered. Approximately half the class time will be spent covering non-prescription drugs and herbals. Prerequisite: PHAR 500. LEC
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This course is designed to extend the students' understanding of Oncology diseases and treatments beyond what is covered in the Pharmacotherapy series in the School of Pharmacy. Prerequisite: PHPR 646. LEC
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This course provides the fundamentals for developing a medical vocabulary. The student will develop the ability to understand, define and utilize medical terminology and abbreviations used in patient care. LEC
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Students will work at a health-related community center and participate in structured learning exercises. The objectives are to: 1) enable students to learn appropriate strategies to communicate and provide services to people with varying languages, cultures, social, and economic backgrounds, disabilities, illnesses, or impairments, 2) increase social interaction and citizenship, 3) heighten social awareness and understanding of ethical issues, and 4) acknowledge social responsibility and realize personal values. FLD
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This elective course will help students explore the various career paths in pharmacy. Potential topics include, among others, hospital, retail, industry, and academic opportunities in pharmacy. The course will be taught by PHPR faculty and guest presenters. Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Pharmacy Program. LEC
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This elective course will enhance the pharmacy student's knowledge and understanding of the current theories behind the addiction process, frequently abused drugs and/or chemicals and the treatment and recovery process. Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Pharmacy Program. LEC
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An elective course designed to help students improve professional communication skills. Prerequisite: PHAR 500. LEC
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The pharmacy school curriculum overflows with science courses leaving students little time for the humanities. Ironically, however, patient-focused care requires pharmacists to have greater skill in observation, communication, and understanding of the psychosocial issues surrounding disease and treatment. The goal of this course is to broaden students' perspective and appreciate of healthcare by viewing it through the arts. LEC
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Public health is more than providing treatment for an illness; it is a concern for the health of an entire population. The ideal is to ensure the health of all. This course will focus on providing students with a solid foundational understanding of what public health is and how pharmacists play a role as a public health provider. The course will cover the concepts and tools used in public health including issues such as: determining health, cultural competence, health promotion, disease prevention, epidemiology and disease, describing populations and community health. Lastly, the course will provide students with specific pharmacist models of public health. Successful models include tobacco cessation programs, community vaccination programs, obesity prevention, tuberculosis monitoring, emergency preparedness and domestic violence. Prerequisite: Must be accepted to the Pharmacy Program. LEC
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This course is designed to prepare the student pharmacist to provide pharmacotherapeutic care to older adults. Common topics such as diabetes in the older adults, urinary incontinence, falls, etc will be covered. The structure of the course requires students with strong motivation and learning skills to succeed. The primary learning structure will include review of guidelines, distinguishing normal aging from disease prevalent in older adults, and application in the form of case studies. Prerequisite: Must be accepted in the Pharmacy Program at KU. LEC
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The United States becomes more culturally diverse every year. This course is designed to help student pharmacists excel in today's multicultural environment by improving their cultural competency skills. Students will explore their own culture and those belonging to other diverse cultures. Students are expected to learn of the beliefs, needs and tendencies of those with cultures much different than themselves. Prerequisite: Must be admitted to the School of Pharmacy. LEC
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The student will spend one month in a progressive community pharmacy. The rotation will allow the student to perform the duties of a pharmacist while being supervised by a licensed pharmacist. Emphasis of this rotation will be on the clinical aspects of providing patient-centered pharmaceutical services including medication management, therapeutic substitutions, and patient counseling activities. FLD
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The student will spend one month in a hospital or institutional site pharmacy. The rotation will allow the student to perform the duties of a pharmacist while being supervised by a licensed pharmacist. Emphasis of this rotation will be on the administrative, technical and organizational aspects of Health System Practice. Clinical activities will be maintained throughout this rotation as well as the integration of services with other departments in the facility. FLD
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The student will spend one month in an inpatient acute care facility. Emphasis will be on the student to actively participate in the delivery of pharmaceutical care within a multidisciplinary setting. The student will be acquiring patient specific information, evaluating drug therapy, developing care plans, monitoring therapeutic outcomes and interacting with multidisciplinary healthcare providers. All students will actively participate in rounds, conferences, consultations and other activities as directed by the faculty preceptor. FLD
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The student will spend one month in an inpatient acute care facility. Emphasis will be on the student to actively participate in the delivery of pharmaceutical care within a multidisciplinary setting. The student will be acquiring patient specific information, evaluating drug therapy, developing care plans, monitoring therapeutic outcomes and interacting with multidisciplinary healthcare providers. All students will actively participate in rounds, conferences, consultations and other activities as directed by the faculty preceptor. FLD
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The student will spend one month at a practice site which either provides continuous patient care, clinic visits, collaborative practice agreements or medication therapy management activities. The rotation will allow the student to perform these duties while being supervised by a licensed pharmacist. FLD
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The student will spend one month in an elective experience which is essential to the student's training and personal interest. These experiences will expand the student's understanding of professional opportunities available upon licensure. Students may take required rotations as electives if available. FLD
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The student will spend one month in an elective experience which is essential to the student's training and personal interest. These experiences will expand the student's understanding of professional opportunities available upon licensure. Students may take required rotations as elective if available. FLD
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The student will spend one month in an elective experience which is essential to the student's training and personal interest. These experiences will expand the student's understanding of professional opportunities available upon licensure. Students may take required rotations as elective if available. FLD
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The student will spend one month in an elective experience which is essential to the student's training and personal interest. These experiences will expand the student's understanding of professional opportunities available upon licensure. Students may take required rotations as elective if available. FLD
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The student will spend one month in a Drug Information Center. Emphasis is on the activities which will enhance skills in retrieval, critical evaluation, and interpretation of primary literature. The student will participate in answering drug information questions and preparing documents for a P&T committee. FLD
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In Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes students will study health care economics from both a macro and micro basis with a primary focus on pharmacy economic issues as applied to our health care practices as well as health outcomes research. This course will incorporate lecture, readings, case exercises, and guided discussions to accomplish these goals and will utilize distance learning techniques. Prerequisite: Admission to the non-traditional Pharm. D. program. LEC
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A course designed to provide knowledge and skills to effect efficient and effective pharmacy management. This will include foundations in financial management, inventory control, purchasing, cost-effective drug utilization, quality management, pharmacoeconomics, and human resource management. LEC
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This introductory course in nuclear pharmacy practice provides a basic understanding of radiation, radiation dosimetry, radiopharmaceuticals, and clinical application of radiopharmaceuticals in diagnosis and treatment. The course includes both didactic material as well as laboratory experience. LEC
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This course is an introduction to the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services with a focus on the U.S. health care system. Course content addresses the following questions: how do we evaluate the health care sector, where is health care provided, how is health care financed, what are the characteristics of health care providers (individuals and institutions), what influences the performance of the health care sector, and what lies in the future for health care delivery. The purpose of the course is to prepare pharmacy students for non-clinical aspects of their practice sites. Enrollment limited to pharmacy majors. LEC
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This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of law and ethics as they apply to the practice of pharmacy. Course sessions will focus on ethical expectations of the profession, principles and issues in medical and pharmacy ethics, and laws that govern medication dispensing. LEC
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A course developed to increase students' knowledge and understanding of laws that regulate the pharmacy profession. Prerequisite: Fifth year standing. LEC
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This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of drug information retrieval skills and medical literature evaluation skills with an application to pharmacy practice. This course is only open to distance education students. Prerequisite: Admission to the non-traditional Pharm. D. program. LEC
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This course focuses on the pharmacotherapy and the role of the pharmacist in disease state management of diseases and conditions including Hormone Replacement, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis, Lipid disorders, and Diabetes. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics to devise appropriate pharmaceutical care plans. Appropriate pharmaceutical care plans will include rationale for drug use, appropriate drug selection and dosing regimens, expected outcomes of drug therapy, key monitoring parameters for efficacy and toxicity, clinically important drug-drug or drug-disease interactions, counseling, and compliance issues. The class format will include online assignments, interactive Internet-based lectures, and case studies. Prerequisite: Admission to the non-traditional Pharm. D. program. LEC
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This course focuses on the pharmacotherapy and the role of the pharmacist in disease state management of diseases and conditions including Cancer and Infectious Diseases. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics to devise appropriate pharmaceutical care plans. Appropriate pharmaceutical care plans will include rationale for drug use, appropriate drug selection and dosing regimens, expected outcomes of drug therapy, key monitoring parameters for efficacy and toxicity, clinically important drug-drug or drug-disease interactions, counseling, and compliance issues. The class format will include online reading assignments, online study guides, online assignments, interactive Internet-based lectures and case studies. Prerequisite: Admission to the non-traditional Pharm. D. program. LEC
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This course focuses on the pharmacotherapy and the role of the pharmacist in disease state management of Hypertension, Ischemic Heart Disease, Myocardial Infarct, Heart Failure, Stroke, Anticoagulation, Upper GI Disorders, Asthma and COPD, and Renal Disease. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics to devise appropriate pharmacy care plans. These plans will include rationale for drug use, selection and dosing regimens, expected outcomes of drug therapy, key monitoring parameters, clinically important drug-drug or drug-disease interactions, counseling, and compliance issues. The class format includes online reading assignments, study guides, and assignments, interactive Internet-based lectures and case studies. Prerequisite: Admission to the non-traditional Pharm. D. program. LEC
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This course focuses on the pharmacotherapy and the role of the pharmacist in disease state management of Variations in Drug Metabolism and Interactions, Hepatitis, Anti-retroviral Therapy, Skin and Soft Tissue Infections, Bone and Joint Infections, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Seizure Disorders, and Depression. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics to devise appropriate pharmacy care plans. These plans will include rationale for drug use, selection and dosing regimens, expected outcomes of drug therapy, key monitoring parameters, clinically important drug-drug or drug-disease interactions, counseling, and compliance issues. The class format includes online reading assignments, study guides, and assignments, interactive Internet-based lectures and case studies. Prerequisite: Admission to the non-traditional Pharm.D. program. LEC
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An introduction to the principles of drug information analysis, storage, and retrieval as well as biostatistics as applied to understanding and interpreting biomedical literature. Advantages and disadvantages of several commercial and manual drug information systems will be considered. The course includes practical experiences in drug information services. The biostatistical emphasis of the course will be on the application of statistical tests commonly used and the interpretation of their results. Prerequisite: Fifth year standing. LEC
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A course designed for the study of special topics in pharmacy practice. A research paper will be required. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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Students interview and assess patients, review laboratory data, and develop health problem lists and prospective pharmaceutical care plans in an approved NTPD site. Students must select and have approved, 8 weeks in advance, a site that provides daily access to patients for 3 consecutive days. Prerequisite: Acceptance in the NTPD program and completion of the didactic portion of the NTPD program. FLD
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Students interview and assess patients, review laboratory data, and develop health care problem lists and prospective pharmaceutical care plans in an approved NTPD site. Students must select and have sites approved 8 weeks in advance of the clerkship. Prerequisite: Acceptance in the NTPD program and completion of the didactic portion of the NTPD program. FLD
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Students interview and assess patients, review laboratory data, and develop health problem lists and prospective pharmaceutical care plans in an approved NTPD site. Students must select and have sites approved 8 weeks in advance of the clerkship. Prerequisite: Acceptance in the NTPD program and completion of the didactic portion of the NTPD program. FLD
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Students interview and assess patients, review laboratory data, and develop health problem lists and prospective pharmaceutical care plans in an approved NTPD site. Students must select and have sites approved 8 weeks in advance of the clerkship. Prerequisite: Acceptance in the NTPD program and completion of the didactic portion of the NTPD program. FLD
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Students interview and assess patients, review laboratory data, and develop health problem lists and prospective pharmaceutical care plans in an approved NTPD site. Students must select and have sites approved 8 weeks in advance of the clerkship. Prerequisite: Acceptance in the NTPD program and completion of the didactic portion of the NTPD program. FLD
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A course dealing with the clinical applications of drug knowledge to patient care. Disease and drug knowledge will be applied to the design and monitoring of therapeutic treatment plans for patients. Incorporates three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of case studies and off-campus professional experience. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pharmacy Practice II (PHAR 502). LEC
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A course dealing with the clinical applications of drug knowledge to patient care. Disease and drug knowledge will be applied to the design and monitoring of therapeutic treatment plans for patients. Incorporates three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of case studies and off-campus professional experience. This course is graded A,B,C,F. Prerequisite: Fifth year standing and successful completion of Pharmacotherapy I, PHPR 646. LEC
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A course dealing with the clinical applications of drug knowledge to patient care. Disease and drug knowledge will be applied to the design and monitoring of therapeutic treatment plans for patients. Incorporates three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of case studies and off-campus professional experience. This course is graded A,B,C,F. Prerequisite: Fifth year standing and successful completion of Pharmacotherapy II, PHPR 647 with a C or above. LEC
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An introduction to the principles of drug information analysis, storage, and retrieval. Advantages and disadvantages of several commercial and manual systems will be considered. The course includes practical experiences in drug information services. Prerequisite: Fifth year standing. LEC
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An introduction to the principles of statistics as they apply to the understanding and interpretation of the biomedical literature. The emphasis of this course is on the application of statistical tests commonly employed in biomedical research and the interpretation of their results. Prerequisite: Fifth year standing. LEC
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An introduction to the principles of physical assessment used to monitor drug effectiveness, side effects, adverse drug reactions, and drug-related complications. Prerequisite: Fifth year standing. LEC
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This course provides the student the opportunity to develop and present a formal seminar on a drug therapy management subject using appropriate audiovisual aids and to defend their presentation of material. LEC
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A course designed to give the graduate student a practical experience in areas of professional communications such as administrative proposals, grants, letters, memos, poster presentations, and written papers. The course focuses on the different kinds of communications required to relate to other health care professionals. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Pharmacoepidemiology is the application of the principles of epidemiology to the study of medications and their effects on health. Evaluating a drug's effects commences when a chemical entity becomes a drug candidate, intensifies through clinical trials, and continues after products reach the market. These studies are critical for supporting the proper use of medications in terms of efficacy, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. This course provides a broad introduction to the principles of pharmacoepidemiology with a focus on applications in the medical literature. LEC
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The course will provide students with an overview and appraisal of the "state-of-the-art" in the evaluation of health care programs and services (with a special emphasis on pharmaceutical programs, services, and products). The purpose of the course is to provide the student with the tools to conduct economic rather than general evaluation of health care programs and services. There will be some discussion of theoretical concepts, but the major emphasis will be on practical methodological issues in economic evaluation of pharmaceutical programs. The course integrates the perspectives of pharmaceutical and health care technology assessment, managed care, outcomes research, and public health. The main topics covered in the course include: cost, cost-minimization, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, and cost-benefit analyses. LEC
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Research reports, reviews, and/or presentations on the current status of various aspects of pharmacy practice. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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A course dealing with the planning, justification, implementation, management, and coordination of a progressive, comprehensive institutional pharmacy service. Seminar presentations and case studies are used to analyze recent advances and to apply data from the research literature. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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A continuation of PHPR 865 dealing with the current status of health care delivery systems and the impact of changes in this area on pharmacy practice. Prerequisite: PHPR 865 and consent of instructor. LEC
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A course dealing with recruitment, training, motivation, monitoring of performance, and disciplining of personnel. Seminars, case studies, and role playing are used to apply the information to specific human resource management situations in institutional pharmacy practice. Prerequisite: PHPR 865 and consent of instructor. LEC
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Original investigation in the area of pharmacy practice. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH
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