Certificate in Drug Discovery & Design

Understand How Drugs Are Developed, Tested and Evaluated


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 15 months
  • Cost: TBD

Next start date:

September 2018

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About this Program

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. 

Designed For

Professionals who work in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and related fields.

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What You'll Learn

  • Molecular biotechnology lab techniques, including DNA isolation, restriction mapping, cloning, ELISA analysis, protein electrophoresis and tissue culture and assays
  • Basic concepts in drug action, delivery and metabolism
  • Different molecular targets and target validation techniques
  • Systems biology tools for genomics, proteomics, modeling and data integration


Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings