Early- to mid-career professionals in pharmaceutical firms can move ahead in their careers by broadening their understanding of the drug development process through 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 sales people can benefit from this innovative program, which offers a range of face-to-face, online, and blended components.


The program is built around 3 core courses. For on-site participants, each of the core courses runs from 3.5 to 4.5 days. Participants also choose 1 or 2 electives from a list of 15 courses, allowing you to take a deep dive on a specific area of interest to you. Its structure – which calls for a total of about 100 hours of class time – provides flexibility, allowing you to learn at your own pace.


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


What you Learn

  • Understand the process and language of drug development
  • Gain practical knowledge of preclinical strategies and drug formulations
  • Acquire skills in Chemical and Manufacturing Control project team management
  • Focused window into drug development strategies, science, and technical leadership

Where & How you learn


  • Hybrid


  • Core courses offered on-site run from 3.5 to 4.5 days
  • Online offerings available
  • Draw on knowledge of faculty and industry experts to gain a practical grasp of concepts
  • Choose from a range of electives, designed for you to customize the course in specific interest areas

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