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About the Drug Discovery and Development Program


Delivery Method
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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
There are four required courses in the certificate: 
  • BIOL-40379 Essentials of Drug Discovery and Development - launching Fall 2024
  • BIOL-40380 Pharmacology and the ADMET Process - launching Winter 2025
  • BIOL-40381 Pharma Clinical, Regulatory, and Compliance - launching Spring 2025
  • BIOL-40378 Present and Future of Drug Discovery and Development - launching Summer 2025


Altough programs are open to all adult learners, UC San Diego Extended Studies programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.

Certificate Guidelines

Students may enroll in the certificate program at any time. However, it is recommended that students enroll as soon as possible. The program curriculum may be updated at any time; if the certificate requirements change, students must adhere to the curriculum at the time of their enrollment into the certificate

Advisory Board

Nazeli Dertsakian, MBA, CQE

VP and General Manager, Oceanside Biologics Operations


Antoine Henninot, PharmD, PhD

Director Medicinal Chemistry


Larry Mimms, PhD



Paul Rejto, PhD

VP Discovery Technologies


Tove Tuntland, PhD

Head of Global DMPK

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Niels Vande Casteele, PharmD, PhD

Associate Professor

UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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There is no fee when applying to this program. Students will be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance.