PHAR 1003: Non-Prescription Medications and Self-Care

Course Details


  • Online course 
  • 2 credits
  • Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course is open to any student with an interest in the subject.

Course Materials
There is no required textbook for this course.

Course Director
Anna Milone, PharmD, BCPS

Course Description

Nonprescription medications and dietary supplements comprise a large market within the health care industry. Throughout this course, you'll learn about these medications and other self care remedies available to treat many different medical conditions. For each condition discussed, you will learn basic causes, signs, and symptoms; self care guidelines; and when to see a health care provider. For each medication discussed, you will learn the basic mechanism of action, uses, and potential side effects. This course will help you gain a better understanding of how nonprescription and self care products can be used safely and effectively.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic cause(s) and occurrence of each condition covered 
  • Recognize the signs/symptoms of the condition
  • Follow basic self care guidelines, including appropriate OTC product selection and use, non-drug measures, and expected outcomes
  • Exercise appropriate self-referral, when needed
  • Describe the differences between generic and brand name medications
  • Identify the role of dietary supplements in self care


  • Introduction to Self Care
  • Dietary Supplements and Weight Loss
  • Allergy, Cough and Cold
  • Pain Management
  • Skin Problems
  • Digestive System
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual Health and Pregnancy Prevention