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Gail Anderson
PHARM 501
Seattle Campus

P-Alternative and Complementary Medicines

Studies popular alternative and complementary medicines used in the United States. Focuses on herbal products with some coverage of other non-nutritional dietary supplements. Open to professional and graduate students in the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health, or by permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AW.

Class description

Students will study popular alternative and complementary medicines used in the United States. The focus is on herbal products and other non-nutritional dietary supplements.

Student learning goals

•Efficiently select and use the best electronic and print resources to obtain objective information about the attributes and risks of using specific herbal products and other dietary supplements.

•Describe the USA regulatory status of herbal products and dietary supplements and be able to advocate for changes that will benefit effective consumer use.

•Describe the botanical origin, active ingredients, efficacious uses and risks for the most popularly used herbals in the USA.

•Indicate which popular herbals or other dietary supplements have evidence based utility for common human diseases

•Evaluate the pre-clinical and clinical evidence provided in the primary literature in the assigned readings, summarized in Natural Standards and presented in the modules.

• Use information presented in this course to select the best quality products from the myriad of commercially available herbals and dietary supplements

General method of instruction

Pharm 501 is an on-line self-paced course.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gail Anderson
Date: 12/19/2013