Mustapha Beleh earned his BS in pharmacy from Alexandria University, in Egypt, in 1985, and his PhD in medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy from The Ohio State University in 1992. His research group looks at different issues related to pharmaceutical education and currently focuses on evaluating teaching tools and innovative teaching methods in medicinal chemistry courses; exploring the use of remedial education in PharmD programs; examining various curricular issues;  and uncovering factors that predict student success.

Professor Beleh is involved in teaching a number of courses. He is the director of eductaion in the medicinal chemistry department, working with faculty, mentoring graduate student instructors, consulting on the BSPS and PhD teaching and coordinating the PharmD curriculum.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Professor Beleh oversees the lecture and active-learning components of all PharmD courses, serves as the lab coordinator of the drug assay course and offers an elective course that focuses on drug discovery and on current issues such as alternative medication, personalized medicine, and global health care.

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Investigations Project Pays Educational Dividends

Research Interests

  • Examining the use of Web-based teaching, including virtual labs, on student learning and satisfaction

  • Evaluating assessment and learning modules in pharmaceutical education

  • Study the role of remediation in pharmaceutical education

  • Examining the use of a "flipping the classroom" approach

  • Examining the sequencing of topics for basic and clinical sciences in the new curriculum at the College of Pharmacy


  • 2017 Students’ Appreciation Award
  • 2015 Students’ Appreciation Award
  • 2014 Students’ Appreciation Award
  • 2014 Special Recognition for Outstanding Teaching

Selected Publications

  • Beleh, M., Engels, M. and Garcia, G.  Integrating Basic Sciences in the Pharm. D. Curriculum: A New Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology Course Sequence. Am J Pharm Educ. 2015; 79(1), Article 13.

  • Waldman Dunham, M., Ghirtis, K. and Beleh, MA. The Use of Virtual Laboratories and Other Web-based Tools in a Drug Assay Course. Am J Pharm Educ. 2012: 76(5), Article 84.

  • Beleh, M. A., Lin, Y. C. and Brueggemeier, R. W. Comparison of Estrogen Metabolism in Subcellular, Cellular and Tissue Preparations of Kidney and Liver from Syrian Hamsters. J. Steroid Biochem. Mol. Biol. 1995: 52, 479-489.

  • Beleh, M. A., Brueggemeier, R. W., Chang, G. C. and Lin, Y. C. Biosynthesis and Secretion of Growth Factor Proteins by Kidney Cells from DES-treated Syrian Hamsters. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 1993: 190, 1029-1036.

  • Brueggemeier, R.W., Tseng, K., Katlic, N.E., Beleh, M.A. and Lin Y.C. Estrogen Metabolism in Primary Kidney Cell Cultures from Syrian Hamsters. J Steroid Biochem. 1990: 36(4), 325-331.