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    The application of pharmacological knowledge and principles in the development and assessment of new drugs and the treatment of disease.

    We learn how to assess and understand the use of medicines in humans, including to change hormone levels and in heart diseases and cancer.

    About this paper

    Paper title Human Pharmacology
    Subject Pharmacology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (PHAL 211 and PHAL 221) or (PHAL 211 and PHAL 212)
    Schedule C

    Course Co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Baird (

    Teaching staff

    Dr Sarah Baird
    Associate Professor Ivan Sammut
    Associate Professor Lyn Wise

    Paper Structure

    Lecture topics:

    • Design and analysis of clinical trials
    • Considerations in the drug treatment of people, including ethics, adverse effects and compliance
    • Drug treatments in conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular medicine and allergy are used as examples


    • Lab assessments (10%)
    • Public Communication assignment (10%)
    • Evidence-based medicine essay (20%)
    • Exam (60%)

    No textbooks required.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    • To give an introduction to some of the most commonly used drugs in humans
    • To show how these drugs work and what their side effects are
    • To gain practical experience in the use of some of these drugs
    • To know how to assess how drugs work in humans
    • To explore the role of scientists in interacting with the public and gain relevant skills


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 14:00-17:50 29
    AND one stream from
    B1 Monday 14:00-17:50 31, 33, 35, 38, 40, 42
    B2 Monday 14:00-17:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
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