Applied Drug Development

Early- to mid-career professionals at pharmaceutical firms can move ahead in their careers by broadening their understanding of the drug development process with UW–Madison’s Applied Drug Development Certificate Program.


Is this program right for you?

Success in the pharmaceutical industry depends on a broad and thorough knowledge of drug development, opening the door to better and more informed collaboration. The Applied Drug Development Certificate Program at UW–Madison provides a comprehensive and practical look at the way today’s drugs are developed.

In a changing and demanding drug industry, knowing how to speak the language and understand the building blocks of drug development—from discovery though Phase One clinical trials in humans—is essential. New managers, chemists, biologists and salespeople can benefit from this innovative program, which offers a range of face-to-face, online, and blended components.

The program’s core courses provide an overview of the drug development process, physiochemical characterization, preformulation, formulation and various aspects of Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC). Electives allow you to choose a topic that is relevant to your interests or responsibilities.

Course in the Applied Drug Development Certificate program are taught by top faculty or successful industry experts able to provide a practical perspective to help you branch out and understand the various disciplines at play in drug development.

Is this program right for you?

Success in the pharmaceutical industry depends on a broad and thorough knowledge of drug development, opening the door to better and more informed collaboration. The Applied Drug Development Certificate Program at UW–Madison provides a comprehensive and practical look at the way today’s drugs are developed.

In a changing and demanding drug industry, knowing how to speak the language and understand the building blocks of drug development—from discovery though Phase One clinical trials in humans—is essential. New managers, chemists, biologists and salespeople can benefit from this innovative program, which offers a range of face-to-face, online, and blended components.

The program’s core courses provide an overview of the drug development process, physiochemical characterization, preformulation, formulation and various aspects of Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC). Electives allow you to choose a topic that is relevant to your interests or responsibilities.

Course in the Applied Drug Development Certificate program are taught by top faculty or successful industry experts able to provide a practical perspective to help you branch out and understand the various disciplines at play in drug development.

Registration Information

How You'll Learn

  • Choose any three required core courses and one elective course.
  • On-site classes run from 3.5 to 4.5 days; online classes are also available.
  • Draw on the knowledge of faculty and industry experts to gain a practical grasp of concepts.
  • A reflection essay helps you tie in course concepts to practical real-world problems.

Sample Curriculum

Core Courses (complete three)

  • CMC Project Team Management – The Science, Principles and Practices for Successful Technical Leadership
  • Principles and Experimental Strategies in Physiochemical Characterization, Solubilization and Solid Form Screening for Candidate Selection
  • Practical Strategies for Developing Preclinical and Phase 1 Oral Drug Formulations
  • An Introduction to the Drug Development Process: Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls

Elective Courses (complete one)

  • Mastering Analytical Method Development, Transfer and Validation
  • Principles of Solid Dosage Forms
  • Understanding, Characterizing, and Developing Amorphous Materials and Amorphous Solid Dispersions
  • Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
  • What’s Going on in my Brain? CNS Pharmacology Targets, Drug Abuse Liabilities and More
  • Principles of Solid Dosage Forms
  • A Practical Review of Cardiovascular Physiology, Pharmacology, and Safety

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