Toxicology Curriculum

The MPS in Toxicology degree program can be completed in 16 months by full-time students and includes:

Required Science Courses

  • Biochemical and molecular toxicology
  • Principles of statistical inference
  • Mechanisms of disease
  • Molecular and cellular pathophysiological basis of disease: Laboratory I and laboratory II
  • Systemic pathology
  • Advanced toxicology
  • Toxicology seminar
  • Toxicology internship & Capstone project

Elective Science Courses

  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Introduction to molecular pharmacology
  • Translational medicine
  • Human environmental disease
  • Principles of pharmacokinetics
  • Advanced pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

Required Business Fundamentals and Professional Skills Courses

  • Professional communication: writing
  • Professional communication: presenting
  • Leadership in science-based organizations
  • Project management principles
  • Introduction to financial accounting
  • Business fundamentals
  • Research ethics
  • Professional science master’s seminar series (A forum to educate PSM students in a variety of business fundamentals and professional skills necessary for the workplace.¬† The seminars include discussions with invited industry leaders who can speak directly about their career challenges and rewards, as well as individuals with expertise in teaching professional skills.)

Am I prepared for the MPS in Toxicology coursework?

Students with a bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry or chemistry will be best prepared for the study of toxicology.

Basic knowledge of biochemistry, at the level offered by a comprehensive undergraduate course, will be important. However, the absence of a biochemistry course will not be sufficient for rejection of an otherwise competitive candidate. An appropriate course can be taken at UNC-Chapel Hill prior to the toxicology courses listed in the curriculum.