The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology has started its activities in coincidence with the establishment of the College of Pharmacy at Umm Al-Qura University, as one of the five basic departments in the college. Since its establishment, the department's staff has been keen on development of courses in terms of modernization of teaching methods and facilities to ensure that a pharmacist, who meets the labor market needs, is graduated.
The department provides many courses throughout the year including pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, and toxicology (basic and clinical). Pharmacology is the study of how chemical agents, both natural and synthetic (i.e., drugs) affect biological systems. This encompasses investigation of the chemical properties, physiological & behavioral effects, mechanisms of action, biological transformations, and therapeutic and non-therapeutic usage of drugs.
Clinical pharmacology, on the other hand, is underpinned by the basic science of pharmacology, with added focus on the application of pharmacological principles and methods in the real world. Toxicology is the scientific study of adverse effects that occur in living organisms due to chemicals. It involves observing and reporting symptoms, mechanisms, as well as detection and treatment of toxic substances, particularly those in relation to the poisoning of humans. Also, the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology is keen to support research into the most relevant areas in pharmacology and toxicology.
The Department takes upon itself the mission of improving the quality of education and professional performance of pharmacists, supporting scientific research and promoting community services in the Kingdom by means of ensuring that highly-efficient pharmacists are graduated.
• Team work
• Staff development
1- Providing pharmacy students with the most recent courses in pharmacology and toxicology
2- Adopting competency-based courses to ensure that a highly-competent pharmacist is graduated.
3- Establishing a suitable environment for pharmaceutical research.
4- Participating in community services.