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PHM 350 - Introduction to Human Pharmacology**


Introduction to commonly used drugs. Emphasis on over-the-counter medications and frequently prescribed prescription drugs. Selected natural products also will be covered. How commonly used drugs affect the body to treat or cure various conditions and how the body handles drugs. Principles of appropriate drug use and consequences of misuse.



  • Pharmacokinetics; pharmacodynamics
  • Drugs targeting the autonomic nervous system and skeletal neuromuscular junction
  • Drugs used in treatment of psychosis and mania, Parkinson’s Disease, insomnia and epilepsy, and pain
  • Drugs used in treatment of inflammation, infection and cancer
  • Drugs affecting the cardiovascular system and the kidneys used for treating cardiac pathologies, hypertension, and hypercholestemia
  • Drugs affecting the endocrine system such as drugs for treatment of diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, and contraceptive drugs

Recommended Background

Some biology and/or chemistry is strongly suggested


PSL250 or PSL310, or PSL431 and PSL432 are prerequisite courses for MSU students.

For approval to enroll, contact Dr. Cobbett at cobbett@msu.edu.

Recommended Textbooks

  • Publisher: ‎ Elsevier; 5th edition (2017)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 552 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0323391664
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0323391665

Recommended for those heading to medical school, to biomedical graduate school programs, and those taking this course as an elective for their major.


  • Paperback: 1424 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 9 edition (2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0323321909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0323321907

Recommended for those in or heading for the nursing major and for those heading towards postgraduate nurse practitioner and physician's assistant programs.


Dr. Peter Cobbett received his BS and PhD degrees from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research interests have ranged from muscles of parasitic worms, to physiology of neurons and glia in mammalian brains, and most recently, to neurons derived from non-neuronal somatic cells.


On-campus duing Fall, Spring 
Online during Summer




  • Undergraduate



Sections available

  • 001 (on-campus)
  • 730 MSU program Students
  • 731 Lifelong In-State
  • 732 Lifelong Out-State