All faculty in the department are active in teaching pharmacology to medical students in their pre-clerkship curriculum, and to third year medical students in their “Bed to bedside curriculum”. Pharmacology faculty teach all areas of pharmacology through out the pre clerkship instruction, including drug metabolism and toxicology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenetics, drugs affecting muscle and bone, cardiovascular pharmacology, renal pharmacology, autonomics, anesthetics, treatment of pain, pharmacology of central nervous system disorders, drugs affecting the gastro intestinal system, cancer chemotherapy, endocrine pharmacology, antibiotics, antiviral and antifungal agents, and immunomodulator drugs.

We are at the forefront in developing case-based small-group sessions that require students to integrate knowledge of the basic sciences with clinical reasoning and clinical skills. These sessions include topics impacting the military and their families, as well as the general population, including:

  • the treatment of hypertension and dyslipidemia
  • the management of pain in ways that minimize the use of opiates
  • approaches to the treatment of cancer
  • the management of endocrine disorders
  • discussions of birth control methods that are compatible with deployment to remote locations, surgical and therapeutic management of genitourinary trauma
  • approaches to the management of substance use disorders
  • identification of dietary supplement abuse and its dangers


The Department of Pharmacology also offers three courses to graduate students from the interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs:


Principles of Pharmacology provides an overview of the basic principles of pharmacology for all graduate students. It is especially useful to those students who might use drug treatments in the course of their research, or are interested in drug discovery.

Molecular Pharmacology is a more advanced course that provides students with working knowledge of the design, identification, and actions of molecularly targeted therapeutics.

Neuropharmacology integrates a fundamental understanding of neurochemistry with the drugs that are used to alter human behavior in specific neurological and psychiatric diseases.


The USU-CSRTP is an 8-week training program that provides internship opportunities to the most promising regional high school and college students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. The program forms part of the Department of Defense’s efforts to increase training in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines and helps recruit underrepresented minorities to biomedical careers.

We host students each summer and lead the biomedical laboratory research component of USU-CSRTP providing students the opportunity to perform hypothesis-driven biomedical research within USU laboratories.

Students who are interested in applying to this program can find out further information and application procedures here.


Dr. Feri Nugent serves as a selected mentor of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Internship Program, a prestigious program that supplements selected NIDA-funded labs with summer interns in substance abuse research (only undergraduate students are eligible). NIDA accepts applications via their website between January 1 and February 12th and evaluates applications and matches interns with a selected research site.