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Pharmacy for Beginners

Gain a basic understanding of pharmacy, the manufacturing and regulation of medicines, and the responsibilities of a pharmacist.

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Pharmacy for Beginners

1,186 enrolled on this course

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  • 3 hours per week

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  • Introductory level

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    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
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Unpack the role of the pharmacist as a healthcare provider

This three-week course from Universiti Malaya will provide an overview of pharmacy and help you gain a basic understanding of the creation, regulation, and administration of medicine.

You’ll be introduced to the exciting profession of pharmacy and the roles of the pharmacist to understand more about pharmaceutical care.

Explore the drug creation process, from discovery to drug development

Modern medicine is constantly seeking cures and treatments for diseases, illnesses, and ailments that can improve quality of life. This means that new drugs are constantly being created, tested, and developed.

On this course, you’ll examine the drug development process, from discovery to manufacturing and regulation. You’ll also learn about pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to understand how drugs work in the body.

Learn about OTC medication with regards to self-care, dosage, and administration

Administering over-the-counter (OTC) medication is a key duty fulfilled by pharmacists, which carries a great responsibility.

You’ll explore how pharmacists educate and advise patients to ensure the appropriate use of medication to treat ailments and engage in self-medication. In learning how pharmacists assist patients in self-care, you’ll understand the important role that pharmacists play in uplifting the health of their communities.

Expand your pharmaceutical knowledge with the experts from Universiti Malaya

The Universiti Malaya Pharmacy Programme aims to produce passionate pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists who can address major current healthcare challenges.

With the guidance of expert educators, you’ll be equipped with a strong foundational understanding of pharmacy and its significance.


  • Week 1

    Pharmacy and Medicine

    • Getting Started

      Lets start with what we all know about pharmacy, their roles at various industries and do share with us about your encounters with any of them!

    • Medicine’s journey through the human body

      Hmm..have you ever wondered, after you take your medicine, what happens then? So, this learning activity will bring you the medicine's journey in the human body. Lets first start with what you think you know.

    • Weekly wrap up

      Let's reflect on what you have learnt in week 1.

  • Week 2

    Drug discovery and Drug development

    • Drug discovery

      What is drug discovery? This activity will explain it.

    • Drug Development and Manufacturing

      If you are ever wondering how paracetamol is being created and developed, this activity explains the key processes, materials and methods to make it!

    • Weekly wrap up

      Let's reflect and check your understanding of week 2, drug discovery and development tidbits!

  • Week 3

    Pharmacy and the Community

    • Pharmaceutical Care and Self-Care

      Pharmaceutical care is a concept that every pharmacist must understand, be carried and delivered in utmost professional manner. This includes educating the public how to use medicines appropriately and engage self-care properly.

    • Caution! - Adulterated Health Products

      Oh wait...that medicine claimed it can help me to improve my health and energy, but after taking it I noticed I always felt dizzy, and my blood sugar went up like crazy. What is happening? Is like a bad egg after all..

    • Weekly wrap up

      Let's reflect on what you have learnt in week 3 and what you can do if you are interested in joining us at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Malaya.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the various roles of pharmacists in everyday life.
  • Reflect medicines' journey in the human body.
  • Demonstrate drug discovery and development.
  • Discuss the importance of self-care and appropriate medicine use.
  • Explain safety issues surrounding common adulterated medicines used in the community.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for aspiring pharmacy students, pharmacy undergraduates, allied-health care postgraduates and professionals, and those interested in learning more about pharmacy.

Who will you learn with?

Dr. Heh Choon Han has been working in the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department since 2014. Computer-aided Drug Discovery and Design is his main research interest.

I am a pharmacist and an educator at Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Malaya. My area of research interest is quality use of medicines and medication safety especially in geriatrics and psychiatry.

A committed and dedicated professional with a proven ability to teach, motivate and direct students to maximum performance by encouraging a positive and energetic environment.

Shaik is a Senior Lecturer at the Universiti Malaya with over 20 years of teaching and research experience. He specialises in excipient, formulation development for targeted drug delivery of medicines

Dr. Nur Akmarina is a pharmacist who developed a keen interest in molecular cancer biology to specifically improve treatment outcome. She obtained her PhD from Monash University, Australia.

Dr Amira is a qualified pharmacist, with a passion to teach physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology. She obtained her PhD from University of Oxford.

Who developed the course?

Universiti Malaya

Universiti Malaya is the premier research university in Malaysia, committed to advancing knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity.

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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • World ranking

    Top 60Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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