Diploma in Toxicology (Dip Tox) - Gulf Medical University
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Diploma in Toxicology (Dip Tox)

Toxicology is the study of the interactions between potentially harmful substances, living organisms and the environment. It is a wide-ranging subject that encompasses a number of biological and chemical disciplines including pharmacology, biochemistry, physiology, molecular biology, pathology and immunology.

Toxicology plays a vitally important part in our lives. It helps to ensure that the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe are clean and free from contaminants and toxins and that the pharmaceutical drugs we take to treat disease are as safe as possible. Toxicology is important clinically in the diagnosis and management of poisonings and in the analysis of forensic samples.

Toxicology also has a central role in protecting the environment from the harmful effects of chemicals, pesticides and other noxious agents. Toxicology is a dynamic subject, which is expanding and adapting as society changes and new demands have to be met. It offers tremendous mental stimulation ranging from the application of state of the art molecular biology in the study of mechanisms of toxicity and carcinogenesis, to the integration of the science leading to risk and safety assessments. It is becoming increasingly important in determining our quality of life and that of future generations..

Goal:

The Masters / Diploma Program in Toxicology, offered by the GMU is designed to provide the candidates with a good foundation of knowledge and skills in all aspects of Toxicology in order to prepare competent professionals and researchers who will effectively contribute to the advancement of the health care system in the UAE.

All applicants shall meet all criteria for graduate admission as laid down in the Standards (2007) published by the Commission for Academic Accreditation, Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, UAE.

The following are the minimum requirements for admission into the Toxicology program in GMU. The candidate must show capability to pursue an academic career and research. Minimum requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in medicine, pharmacy or veterinary sciences or good honors science degrees in subjects with a strong biochemical or chemical content, from a University/Institute listed in WHO directory of medical schools. Students, who have not studied Health Sciences, will be required to take additional courses (non credit) like Histology (HIS 101), Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology – I & II (PS 131 & PS 133) before/during the course.
  • Distinct undergraduate performance of GPA of 3 on a 4-point scale, or equivalent grade (“B”).
  • English language proficiency test score of 550 and 6.5 for IELTS.
  • B grade or equivalent in the relevant subjects such as Biochimestry, Pharmacology, physiology etc.

Toxicology graduates are required to cover the shortage of such specialists in establishments concerned with public health, environment, addiction control, laboratory work and pharmaceutical products. Concrete employment opportunities are available to the graduates in the following agencies and institutions:

  • Ministry of Environment & Water
  • Drug Enforcement Section & Special Rehabilitation Centres
  • Food & Agriculture Product Testing Laboratories
  • Municipalities
  • Engineering Materials Laboratory Section
  • Consumer Product Laboratory Section
  • Food & Environment Laboratory Section
  • Meteorology Section
  • Inspection & Certification Section
  • Research and Standardization Management Office
  • General Department of Forensic Science and Criminology
  • Clinical Pathology Laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical Companies

The Diploma program is 12 months in duration where the students take up only the seven core courses without undertaking a research project. The course work counts for 24 credit hours of theoretical and practical work.

Diploma in Toxicology (24 Credit Hours)

First Semester
 Course 1Pharmacokinetics (TX201, 2 CH)
Course 2Organ and systeMToxicology (TX202, 3 CH)
Course 3Research Methods & Ethics (CM 303)
Course 4Bio-statistics (CM 302)
Rotation in different Laboratories (2 CH)
Second Semester
 Course 5Environmental toxicology (TX203, 3CH)
Course 6Recognition and detection of acute and chronic toxicity (TX204, 4 CH)
Course 7Molecular and cellular mechanisms of toxicity (TX205, 4 CH)
Rotation in different Laboratories (2 CH)
SemestersCourses
Hours
CreditTheoryPracticalFieldwork
First
Pharmacokinetics (TX201)
2
2
  
 Organ and system Toxicology (TX202)
3
2
2
 
 Research Methods, Ethics (CM 303)
2
2
  
 Biostatistics (CM 302)
2
2
  
 Rotation
2
 
20
 
Second
Environmental toxicology (TX203)
3
2
 
2
 Recognitions & detection of acute & chronic toxicity (TX204)
4
2
4
 
 Molecular & Cellular Mechanism of Toxicity (TX205)
4
2
4
 
 Rotation
2
 
20
 
 Total 24 Hours
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