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About the Drug Discovery and Development Program

During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are working to transition many of our courses to an Online Asynchronous or Live Online format. Please see the certificate matrix, under "Courses", for course format details.

Modern drug discovery utilizes multidisciplinary project teams and attempts to simultaneously move forward with as many aspects of the overall drug discovery and development process as possible. This environment requires that scientists not only be deeply trained in their area of specialty, but also possess a broad background, vocabulary, and appreciation of the possibilities and limitations of related disciplines. UC San Diego Extension's professional certificate is designed to help meet that need.

Program Audience

This certificate is intended for individuals with educational backgrounds in chemical and biological sciences at the bachelor, masters, or Ph.D. level interested in entering or becoming more effective at working in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry.

Format

Online:

Fully online Instructor-led training on your schedule with no set meeting times. Lectures are pre-recorded and your instructor will set weekly discussion topics to help you engage with the content and share meaningful experiences.

Live Online:

Fully online instructor-led training using live virtual class meetings via the Zoom conferencing system.

Note: Not all formats may be available every quarter.

  • A general overview of the drug discovery and development process
  • Key background material in biology or chemistry
  • Gain a basic understanding of the introductory concepts and use of toxicology
  • Get an overview of the application of pharmacokinetic concepts to all stages of drug development
  • Comprehensive understanding of the biochemical aspects of drug metabolism in the drug discovery process
  • Learn both the conceptual and current methodology being utilized in the discovery of new targets for drug intervention
  • Comprehensive training designed to immerse you in the skills needed to successfully get started or advance your career
  • Immediately applicable skills to your research
  • Developed and taught by industry professionals
  • The addition of electives allows the student to round out their certificate education with courses that are most appropriate to their current or future career needs
Format: Online, Live Online

Estimated Cost: $4,890

Includes the certificate fee, course fees, and required textbooks

Duration: 1.5 - 2 years

Varies by student and courses taken per quarter

Contact
Department
Science & Technology
Phone
858-534-6648
Email
appliedscience@ucsd.edu

Courses

Delivery Method
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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • Courses: 5 required, 2-3 electives
  • Units: 19

Overview of the Drug Development ProcessBIOL-40015

Units: 3.00

$675

Guiding a new product through the stages of research, development, clinical trials and submission of an IND and New Product Marketing Application requires the input of nearly every area within a pharm...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Preclinical Drug Discovery & DevelopmentBIOL-40125

Units: 3.00

$675

Gain a comprehensive understanding of preclinical drug discovery and development. Through the use of lectures, case studies and discussion, this course will cover the framework of the various stages ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Introductory PharmacologyBIOL-40329

Units: 3.00

$675

Learn the fundamental principles of pharmacology. This course will emphasize the major classes of clinically important drugs currently used in medical practice. Within each anatomic system, emphasis i...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Target Selection and Screening TechnologiesBIOL-40331

Units: 2.00

TBD

Advances in chemistry, biology, biophysics and engineering have increased efficiency in screening compounds for drug-like activity. We will discuss screening methods for hit identification and lead ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Spring

Overview of ADME and ToxicologyBIOL-40330

Units: 3.00

TBD

The landscape of pharmaceutical development is constantly being reshaped by regulatory policy and pressure to develop new therapies that are economically better than existing therapies. In this envi...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

A total of 5 units required.

Medicinal Chemistry of Leading DrugsBIOL-40161

Units: 1.00

$345

This course will provide an introduction to the drug discovery process using case histories in various therapeutic areas. Following an analysis of the leading prescription drugs and their physicochemi...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Spring

BiomarkersBIOL-40258

Units: 3.00

$675

BiomarkersCourse Overview As an emerging topic of discussion within clinical diagnosis and drug discovery, biomarker research and developments are set to expand the scope of relevant clinical endpoint...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Analytical ChemistryCHEM-40004

Units: 4.00

$745

Get an Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Get an introduction to analytical chemistry and its applications in clinical settings. Students will learn basic principles of analytical chemistry and ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

BioinformaticsBIOL-40236

Units: 3.00

$675

Bioinformatics is the glue that allows us to manipulate, utilize and learn from vast amounts of biological data. Bioinformatics tools and databases enable a range of scientific, technological, and bio...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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Conditions for Admission

Complete the application and pay application fee.UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.

Certificate Guidelines

This certificate is intended for individuals with educational backgrounds in chemical and biological sciences at the bachelor, masters, or Ph.D. level interested in entering or becoming more effective at working in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry.

Advisory Board

Haig Bozigian, Ph.D.

Chief Development Officer

Neurocrine

Dan DiSepio, Ph.D.

Director, Head of Screening and SAR Compound Profiling

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Thomas Knapp

Group Leader

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Ajay Madan, Ph.D., DABT

Sr. Director, Development

Neurocrine Biosciences

Daniel Maneval, Ph.D.

VP Pharmacology and Safety Assessment

Halozyme Therapeudics, Inc. • Wolfgang Notz | Associate Scie

Moorthy Palanki, Ph.D.

Medicinal Chemsitry Consultant

TRACON Pharmaceuticals

Donocio Siegel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical S

UC San Diego

Curtis Tyree, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President Operations

HUYA Bioscience International

Warren Wade, Ph.D.

Director, Medicinal Chemistry

BioBlocks Inc.

Jim Zapf

Chief Science Officer

Visionary Pharmaceuticals

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.