• Application Deadline
  • 2 months
In HMX Pharmacology from Harvard Medical School HMX, you’ll learn about the fundamental principles governing what the body does to a drug and in turn what a drug does to the body. Along the way you will see how this knowledge comes into play in real-world scenarios and clinical settings.
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Understanding how drugs act in the body is vital for effectively treating patients.

In the HMX Pharmacology course from Harvard Medical School HMX, you will learn foundational concepts in pharmacology and gain a basis for understanding how drugs and therapeutics are used in the treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • June 9 – August 21 | Application opens March 25
      • September 8 – November 20 | Application opens May 20
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 2 months
    • Duration description

      Each course is 10 weeks long. New lessons are released weekly, and material remains available until the course closes. Expect to spend 3-6 hours per course per week.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Topics covered include:
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Pharmacokinetics 
  • Targets of Drug Action
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Drug Toxicity
  • Drug Discovery and Development


  • Students who are considering or attending medical school or other health-related professional programs (nursing, pharmacy, PA) – including those at the high school, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels
  • Professionals looking to improve knowledge for work on health care applications, projects, and research
  • Curious learners with sufficient prerequisites who want to know more


  • Kate McDonnell-Dowling, PhD - Course Lead; Lecturer in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School; Curriculum Fellow in Online Learning
  • James P. Rathmell, MD
  • David E. Golan, MD, PhD

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

We recommend knowledge of basic chemistry, biology, and physics. Advanced knowledge of these topics is not required.

Technological Requirements

The lessons require a modern browser – the latest Chrome, Safari, or Firefox should work well. A broadband internet connection is recommended to access the rich media in the program. If you’re unsure of what browser version you’re currently using, check WhatsMyBrowser.org for more information.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    800 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 800 USD for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
  • National

    800 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 800 USD for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
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The enrollment fee for each HMX course is US$800.


Bundle pricing is as follows:

  • US$1000 for a two-course bundle ($500 per course)
  • US$1425 for a three-course bundle ($475 per course)
  • US$1800 for a four-course bundle ($450 per course)
  • US$2125 for a five-course bundle ($425 per course) – HMX Fundamentals only

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