Certificate in Drug Discovery & Design

Understand How Drugs Are Developed, Tested and Evaluated


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $12,320 (estimated)

Next start date

September 27, 2017

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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


Program Overview

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.

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Learning Formats


Courses are streamed online in real time. You interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, using Adobe Connect web conferencing software. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub.

For added flexibility, each quarter you may view recordings of up to 40 percent of your class sessions instead of attending in real time.


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.

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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