Study unit
4215508 Clinical Pharmacokinetics, 2 Cp  
Code 4215508  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Clinical Pharmacokinetics  Abbreviation CLPK 
Credits 2 Cp Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0708 Biopharmacy 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   GradingFail-Pass 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Pharmacy (K) 

Veli-Pekka Ranta 

Learning outcomes 

1) To develop a broad view on drug absorption, distribution and elimination, 2) To learn the basic principles in clinical pharmacokinetics, i.e., in the optimization of drug therapy for an individual patient.


Scientific competence:  1) Role of pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) studies in drug development, 2) Description of pharmacokinetic events with mathematical models, 3) Utilization of models in clinical pharmacokinetics, i.e. in the optimization of drug therapy for an individual patient.

Professional competence: Solving pharmacokinetic patient cases with both basic calculations and mathematical simulation models.

Modes of study 

Calculation and modeling exercises need to be solved alone or in pairs. A learning diary needs to prepared on at least two chapters of the textbook alone or in a group. No final exam.

Teaching methods 

Lectures 12 h, tutorials in computer class 21 h, independent study 21 h.

Study materials 

Clinical Pharmacokinetics, edited by John E. Murphy (6th edition; available as an electronic book).

Lecture notes. Calculation workbook.

Evaluation criteria 

Accepted-failed principle. The calculation exercises need to be solved correctly and the learning diary prepared in a predefined format.


Lecturer Veli-Pekka Ranta, visiting lecturers, there will be several teachers from biopharmacy discipline in the early tutorials.


Basic principles in Pharmacokinetics or comparable knowledge.


November-December each year.

Offering data 

PR4-5, TOX, graduate students, exchange students.

Key words 

pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug therapy, patient case study    



Further information 

Teaching languages Finnish and English.

Organising department: School of Pharmacy, Biopharmacy.

Contact persons:

Course director Veli-Pekka Ranta (veli-pekka.ranta(at)

Office: Marja Lappalainen (marja.lappalainen(at)


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
K: Clinical Pharmacokinetics  Lecture and exercise course  Veli-Pekka Ranta  02.11.20 -13.11.20

Future exams
No exams