Understand How Drugs Are Developed, Tested and Evaluated
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Biotechnology and pharmaceutical research continues to generate important medical breakthroughs that improve the health and quality of life of millions of people. The process for developing new drugs plays an essential role in these successful outcomes.
In this four-course certificate program, we’ll explore the key principles and latest approaches for discovering and developing pharmaceuticals. You’ll investigate techniques used to identify, select and validate molecular and biological drug targets. We’ll examine different classes of drug compounds as well as their mechanisms of action and physical properties. You’ll also learn how the dynamic fields of systems biology and bioinformatics impact drug discovery research.
Professionals who work in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and related fields.
Bachelor's degree, preferably in a scientific, technical, clinical or medically related field, although all applicants will be considered.
Students must have completed the courses in the Certificate in Basic Bioscience or be able to demonstrate equivalent background in molecular and cellular biology, basic statistics and basic knowledge of all stages of pharmaceutical development.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have basic English language skills to participate in this program. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll in this program, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
Half the class meetings are conducted in a live online webinar meeting room. Students must have reliable access to a computer (Mac or PC) with a recent operating system, current Web browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox), and a high-speed Internet connection, along with a phone (landline or cell). Some classes use Voice over Internet Protocol and require a headset with a built-in microphone. Some courses require a wireless-enabled laptop to complete in-class assignments and online exams.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Drug Discovery & Design
Molecular Targets & Drug Classes
Systems Biology & Bioinformatics
Certificate in Drug Discovery & Design
Approved by the Department of Bioengineering.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software. The technology fee is based on the number of credits you are taking. It is not charged during summer quarter.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
This program requires class attendance both online and in person. Half of the class meetings are conducted online. Using Adobe Connect Web conferencing software, you attend class sessions in real time and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat or phone. Course sessions will also be recorded and will be available for you to review, but you must attend at least 80 percent of the class sessions in real time.
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Not available for this program
Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
Adjunct Professor of Cell Biology and Microbiology at Shoreline Community College, Ph.D., University of Washington
Investigate the foundational science behind drug development, and learn about the latest development and manufacturing techniques used in the pharmaceutical industry.
Acquire a deep understanding of the pharmaceutical development pipeline and get advanced training in drug design, molecular targeting, and cellular and physiological mechanisms.
Delve into the science and techniques behind drug development across all phases of translational pharmaceutics, including research, testing, application and product launch.