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Pharmaceutical and Biotech Drugs Journey: From Preclinical to Patients

Department: Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Prerequisites: none 
Format: Online Asynchronous. This course is entirely web-based and to be completed asynchronously between the published course start and end dates. Synchronous attendance is NOT required.
Schedule: This course is offered monthly. Two modules are released every week, over a duration of 7 weeks.


Course Description

Understanding the drug discovery and development process has important implications for anyone currently working or considering employment in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry and health care sector. This unique online course offers a way for students to learn from faculty at the University of California San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as from industry practitioners about how drugs are developed and marketed. 

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Course Goals / Learning Objectives

In this course, students will:

  • acquire insights into multiple areas including regulatory, clinical, health economics, marketing, pharmacoeconomics, managed care, intellectual property, and entrepreneurship as it relates to the life science industry.
  • understand the complex landscape of the drug development process from pre-clinical to patient.

Course Topics

  • Pharmacotherapy and Diseases
  • Pharmaceuticals for Small Molecules and Macromolecules
  • Regulatory Science and Drug Development
  • Clinical Trial Development from Phase 0 to Phase 3
  • Health Outcomes Evidence
  • Marketing Strategy and Life Cycle Management
  • Pharmacoeconomics and Product Value
  • Biologics, Biosimilars, Cell and Gene Therapy Drug Development
  • Managed Markets and Post Marketing Drug Utilization Management
  • Project Management in the Life Science Industry
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Law in the Life Science Industry


*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students.