Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy

Introduction

Clinical Pharmacy is a branch of pharmacy where the Pharmacists provide patient care that optimizes medication therapy and promotes the rational use of drugs. Other postgraduate programmes offered in Kenya include Masters of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy and Pharmacology.
Clinical Pharmacy is more oriented to the analysis of population needs with regards to medicines, ways of administration, patterns of use, and effects of drugs on patients. The postgraduate course in Clinical Pharmacy provides a general understanding of the factors involved in the safe, effective and economic use of medicines for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes in humans. It concentrates on the aspects of importance to pharmacists undertaking clinical duties in hospitals and clinics, so that they are competent to advise on the selection of appropriate dose, form, frequency, duration and method of administration of drugs for individual patients. They are also trained to provide up-to-date data on the pharmaceutical, therapeutic and toxicological properties of drugs and to educate health care professionals to promote safe, effective and appropriate use of drugs. In addition they are trained to participate in the design, methodology and implementation of clinical trials in order to evaluate new drugs or new uses of old drugs and all issues related to the use of drugs. This program emphasizes the transition of the pharmacist’s role from being product-focused to patient-focused.
The incidences of therapeutic failures that are related to drugs are now quite common. They may arise from the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of drugs such as drug-drug interactions and genetic predisposition. There is therefore need for trained Clinical Pharmacists to  provide  integrated  patient  care  and  information  on  risks  and  benefits  of  drug  therapy. Currently, there are very few trained clinical pharmacists in Kenya, less than 20, with most of them working in Nairobi. The Pharmacy and Poisons Board has encouraged the training of more Clinical Pharmacists. Creating a master’s program in clinical pharmacy address the following issues:
i.    The need to produce pharmacists who are experts in detection of medication errors and efficient utilization of drugs
ii.    A need for increased clinical services provided by pharmacists in governmental facilities
iii.    A need for pharmacists to provide a safe environment in which patients can use medications
iv.    The desire for pharmacists to further their education, skills and therefore, the services that they can provide patients and other health care professionals

 

Admission Requirements

a.    Be a holder of a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree or equivalent recognized by Moi University Senate
b.    Be registered or registrable as a Pharmacist by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB).
c.    Meet the common Moi University Graduate Studies and MUSOM rules governing entry to the Master of Medicine programmes
d.    International applicants from non-English speaking countries should provide evidence of proficiency in English
e.    Pass admission interview administered by the departmental admission committee

Duration

The MPharm (Clin.Pharm) degree programme shall normally take three (3) years but not exceed six (6) years unless the School of Medicine recommends and Senate approves. Each academic year comprises 42 units making a total of 126 units.

Credit Transfer

Course credits may be considered for transfer at the discretion of the admitting committee and approved by senate. Credit transfers may be permitted up to a maximum of 49% of the core course units for similar programmes at the same level.

Course Structure

Part1 Year1

CommonCourses
CourseCode CourseTitle UNITS
  1. 1.
HII 813 Introduction to Information Technology 3
  MMB 802 Epidemiology 3
  MMB 803 Applied Biostatistics 3
  MMB 804

Good Laboratory Practices and Biorisk Management

2
  MMC 806 Medical Ethics and Physicianship 2
  MME 801

Innovative Medical Education

2
  MMR 805    

Bio-Medicine Literature Appraisal

2
  MMR 807 Research Methods 3
  MMR 898 Research Proposal Writing 2
  1. 1.
  Total 22
Core Courses
  1. 10.
MCP810 Translational medicine 3
  MCP811 Infectious diseases 2
  MCP812 Respiratorydisorders 2
  MCP813 Gastrointestinaldisorders 2
  MCP814 Cardiovascularandhaematologicaldisorders 3
  MCP815 BiopharmaceuticsandClinicalPharmacokineticsI 2
  MCP816 ClinicalToxicology I 2
  MCP817 Clinical Laboratorydiagnosis I 2
      18
    Total 40

Part1 Year2

CourseCode CourseTitle Units
  1. 1.
MCP820 Renal, Fluids/Electrolytesandnutrition 3
  MCP821 Endocrine disorders 3
  MCP822 Neoplasticdisorders 4
  MCP823 Skin,musculoskeletalandconnective tissuedisorders 3
  MCP824 Painmanagement 2
  MCP825 CNSDisorders 4
  MCP826 Vaccines 1
  MCP827 PharmacokineticConsiderationsinTherapeuticsII 2
  MCP828 ClinicalToxicologyII 2
  MCP829 Clinical LaboratoryDiagnosisII 3
  MCP830 Pharmacovigilance 2
  MMR898 ResearchProject 6
  MCP831 ClinicalPharmacyElectives (Studentsselectanytwo)
  • Medicationsafety
  • Therapeuticdrugmonitoring
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • ClinicalTrials
  • HealthOutcomesResearch
  • PublicHealth
  • Teaching Methodology
6
    Total 41

Part2 Year3

Course Code Course Title Units

Core Courses

  MCP832 Trackingcourseinanyoneofthefollowing:
  • Therapeuticdrugmonitoring
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectiousdiseases
  • Noncommunicablediseases
  • Criticalcaremedicine
     26
  MMR898 Research-Thesissubmissionanddefense 6
    Total 36
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