The Department of Pharmacology strives to lay a solid foundation in the undergraduates, on the pharmacological basis of therapeutics. Lectures, tutorials, ward classes and student guides are used to support student learning.
Academic staff of this department participates in integrated teaching activities conducted by the clinical departments and small groupdiscussions conducted by behavioural and community stream. The department also conducts a B.Sc. Special (Pharmacy) course jointly with the Faculty of Science. The academic staff assists the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine in training specialists in several fields. There is close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, and the department participates in training of pharmacists, physiotherapists, ophthalmic technologists and electrocardiographers.
The department provides a therapeutic drug monitoring service for serum lithium estimations, a Drug information service and takes part in monitoring adverse drug reactions. The department has two laboratories one in the Department of Pharmacology and another in Department of Pharmacy, with the state of the art equipment, conducting undergraduate and postgraduate research in both clinical and pharmaceutical sciences.
The department publishes the Sri Lanka Prescriber an independent Drug Information Journal, quarterly, jointly with the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation.