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PHM 811 - Global Health: Pharmacology and Toxicology Perspective*

Global Health (GH) issues are mainly concerned with infectious diseases, neglected diseases and chronic disorders.  This online course takes a new insight beyond the traditional topics of and thinking of GH.  It offers the course participants with understanding of unique features of GH in the context of Pharmacology and Toxicology – often times the pivotal roles of Pharm/Tox are underestimated.     


General concepts of global health that are relevant to Pharm/Tox, understanding inflammation and pharmacologic management certain inflammatory disorders, antibiotic-resistant infections, pharmacologic management community-acquired pneumonia, drug-induced hepatitis, impact of environmental toxins on health, organic and endocrine disrupting compounds, heavy metals, therapeutic drug monitoring, as well as clinical cases.  

PHM 811 objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to understand and explain general concepts of global health, develop knowledge of growing global issues such as inflammatory disorders and their pharmacologic management, to apply necessary knowledge in understanding antibiotic resistant infections with emphasis on resistant genes and certain antibiotics, understand basic concepts in drug-induced hepatitis including toxic injury mechanisms, develop knowledge of therapeutic drug monitoring, understand the impact of environmental toxins, organic and endocrine disrupting compounds and heavy metals on human health, and to comprehend, evaluate and analyze clinical cases.    

PHM  811 outline of major topics

Students will be introduced to major concepts such as:

  • Introduction to global health
  • Gut microbiota and inflammatory disorders
  • Pharmacology of gut inflammatory disorders
  • Pharmacology of community-acquired pneumonia
  • COVID-19
  • Antibiotic-resistant infections
  • Drug-induced hepatic injuries
  • Environmental toxins
  • Organic and endocrine disrupting compounds
  • Heavy metals 
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Clinical case reviews


None required.


Dr. Reza Nassiri
served as Associate Dean of Global Health and Director of Institute of International Health at MSUCOM.  He is currently a faculty member at the Departments of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Family and Community Medicine.  His teaching expertise includes the pharmacology of infectious diseases and tropical medicine.  Scholarly activities include global health issues in the context of infectious diseases, tropical diseases, and public health.  His research interests are biochemical pharmacology of antiviral agents, antibiotic resistance, One Health, HIV/AIDS, and viral hepatitis.


  • Summer only


  • 2


  • Online MS programs


  • Science