Dietetics and Nutrition

Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Lecture, 1.50 ECTS


Course content

The students
• are familiar with the fundamentals of pharmacology and the legal basis for the handling of medicinal products
• learn about the effects and side effects of medicinal products in healthy and sick individuals and know how medicinal products are metabolised in the body
• are familiar with the pharmaceutical formulations including their advantages and disadvantages and know how to apply them
• receive practical training in handling drug package leaflets (summary of product characteristics) enabling them to better understand the information contained therein
• are familiar with different dosages of medicinal products and know how and why drug interactions occur
• are aware of potential side effects of synthetic und herbal medicinal products
• know about the interactions between specific foods and medicinal products
• are familiar with applicable hazard pictograms
• are introduced to generics and biosimilars
• are familiar with the fundamentals of complementary medicine
• know about food toxins and are able to assess their risk

Learning outcomes

The students acquire a basic understanding of pharmacology. The "Specific Pathology" lecture provides a systemic discussion of important organ changes with a special focus on clinical correlations. The students are able to understand pathological organ changes in their clinical context and derive appropriate dietetic actions.

The students
- are introduced to the most common pathological organ changes
- develop an understanding of functional disorders
- establish the clinical context
- are able to apply their theoretical knowledge in professional practice
- are able to present the fundamentals of pharmacology and pharmaceutics
- have a basic understanding of the effects/interactions of specific classes of medicinal products and their use in different clinical conditions

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Books, journals and relevant current primary literature will be announced by the lecturers at the start of the course or are included in the relevant syllabus.

Mode of delivery


Prerequisites and co-requisites

M02, M03, M04, M08, M09

Assessment methods and criteria