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.
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.
Class assignments and grading