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.