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  • Number of courses: 5 core courses and 8 units of electives
  • Total units: 23

Medical Terminology: An Anatomy and Physiology ApproachFPM-40632

Units: 1.50

$295

Using an anatomy and physiology systems approach, this course reviews common terms associated with medical practice, research, and different healthcare settings. The goal: to better prepare individual...

Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Grammar LabWCWP-40234

Units: 3.00

$675

Grammar Lab (WCWP-40234)10 Weeks | OnlineThis ten-week online Grammar Lab course is skillfully designed to meet the needs of all students. It is beneficial for those with little grammar experience and...

Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Clinical Trials and Regulatory Writing PrimerFPM-40672

Units: 1.00

$395

This course introduces the components of effective clinical trial design, and the basic phases, and purposes of pharmacological and clinical development. Gain foundational knowledge of the overall cl...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

CT: Practical Clinical Statistics for the Non-StatisticianFPM-40233

Units: 2.00

$475

This course presents the statistics essentials for the non-statistician involved in clinical trials. Topics include study designs, hypothesis testing, sample size calculations, assumptions, controls, ...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Introduction to Medical Writing and EditingFPM-40654

Units: 1.00

$295

This course is intended for people who are considering a career in medical communication and is designed to introduce students to the profession of medical writing and editing, including the knowledge...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

The Spectrum of Medical Writing and EditingFPM-40653

Units: 3.00

$495

*This course will be offered next in Summer 2022 quarter. Enrollment will be available online May 6th, 2022.* Building upon the Introduction to Medcial Writing and Editing course, this course reinfor...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Applied Medical Writing and EditingFPM-40652

Units: 3.00

$595

This course builds on the knowledge gained in the Spectrum of Medical Writing course and introduces the student to some of the more complex topics in writing and editing scientific and medical materia...

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Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

Ethics for Medical WritersFPM-40609

Units: 2.00

$495

This course covers the basic principles of medical ethics (autonomy, beneficence and justice) as they apply to the delivery of healthcare and to human subjects research, from a medical writing perspec...

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Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

Designing Figures, Tables, & GraphsFPM-40608

Units: 2.00

$495

This course focuses on how to construct effective, accurate and attractive figures, tables and graphs. Course content includes basic statistics, principles of the visual display of quantitative inform...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

Communicating Real World Evidence; Medical Writer Professional DevelopmentFPM-40658

Units: 2.00

$395

This course examines real world evidence (RWE), and the role of the professional medical writer in this rapidly expanding area of evidence generation. Learn the basics of RWE, and how and why these s...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Citations and Reference Methods for Medical WritingFPM-40660

Units: 1.00

$295

This course covers the current tools and resources that should be used by medical writers to properly cite courses. Medical writers must be able to cite their work and correct the citations of others....

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

CT: Medical Writing: Protocols, Reports, Summaries, and SubmissionsFPM-40188

Units: 2.00

$475

No clinical trial can begin until a protocol has been written, and no clinical trial is complete until the final report is assembled, signed, and submitted to the FDA. Good documentation for clinical ...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CT: Drug Development ProcessFPM-40173

Units: 3.00

$595

This keystone course examines the drug development process and history of clinical trials. Topics include sources of new drugs devices; the process of discovery; how a discovery becomes a drug or de...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

CT: Understanding OncologyFPM-40493

Units: 3.00

$595

Concepts of cancer treatment and management will be communicated to the student through a series of web-based sessions, with a sharp focus on the terminology, pathology, diagnostics, disease managemen...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR)FPM-40659

Units: 3.00

$495

*This course is only offered once a year in Fall quarter. It will be offered next in Fall 2022 quarter*.This new course covers the foundations Health Economics Outcomes Research (HEOR) and demonstrate...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Capstone: Journal Article and Publication DevelopmentFPM-40630

Units: 4.00

$995

This course will benefit students who are seeking to write and publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal. Using knowledge acquired throughout the medical writing program, students in this capston...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Capstone: Medical Education MaterialsFPM-40627

Units: 4.00

$995

Medical writers play a vital role in creating continuing medical education (CME) materials that help physicians and other health care providers remain current in the knowledge and skills needed to pro...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Capstone: Regulatory WritingFPM-40628

Units: 4.00

$995

Regulatory Writing is as much about knowing the regulations and guidance that govern regulatory submissions as it is about the building the intelligence, knowledge, relationships, and know-how in beco...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Capstone: Scientific GrantsFPM-40629

Units: 4.00

$995

Competition for funding for scientific projects is becoming increasingly difficult. Further, many researchers and scientists lack the ability to package their projects in a way that is clear and comp...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
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Conditions for Admission

Successful applicants must have relevant educational background, and native-level fluency in English with the demonstrated ability to write clear, logical, and grammatically correct sentences as evidenced by the application, official transcripts and writing samples. Accepted applicants will have degrees in biomedical or life sciences, such as biology, chemistry, pharmacy, nursing, nutrition, or public health. It is anticipated that many will have advanced degrees, including PhDs. Candidates with PhDs are particularly competitive for medical writing positions in the commercial sector and academic settings.


 

Certificate Guidelines

All students must either take the following two courses or have taken appropriate equivalents within the past five years, earning a grade of B- or better:

  • Medical Terminology FPM-40172, 1 unit online
  • Practical Clinical Statistics for the Non-Statistician FPM-40233, 2 units online
  • ​​Grammar Lab WCWP-40234, 3 units online
  • Clinical Trials and Regulatory Writing Primer, FPM-40672, 1 unit online

​Prerequisites can be waived for individuals whose work experience demonstrates foundational knowledge of these subjects. Applicants seeking this waiver should email their CV to Natasha Dasaro at unexhealthcare@ucsd.edu for determination in advance of their application.

Next Steps Experience

Connect your classroom education with real-world experiences through a Next Step Experience course. These specially designed classes allow students to gain hands-on experience by working closely with instructors and/or peers on real-world projects. In the Capstone course, students will apply all previously learned concepts to work through one or more projects in one of the four pre-identified Medical Writing areas.

The purpose of the Capstone is to:

  • Gain hands on experience of researching information, and analyzing, interpreting, and communicating data as would be expected of a Medical Writer. The final project(s) will be submitted for critical review by the advising faculty leader
  • Have a clear sense of the critical behaviors and practical work practices that make the student a better Medical Writer.
  • Identify areas of continued improvement moving forward to hone knowledge and skill in the evolving Medical Writing profession.

To be eligible to take this course, you must have completed all of the other courses in the Medical Writing program with a B-/80% or higher. You must select from one of the four areas of specialization to fulfill this final required component of the certificate.

Capstone: Journal Article and Publication Development (FPM-40630)

Capstone: Medical Education Materials (FPM-40627)

Capstone: Regulatory Writing (FPM-40628)

Capstone: Scientific Grants (FPM-40629)

Advisory Board

Noelle Demas

Medical Writer

Panorama MedWriters Group, Inc.

Lynne Friedmann, APR, Fellow PRSA

Principal

Friedmann Communications

Timothy Mackey, MAS, PhD

Assistant Professor

UC San Diego School of Medicine

Ruth Patterson, PhD

Professor & Director of Cancer Prevention Program

UC San Diego School of Medicine, Moores Cancer Center

Donna Simcoe, MS, MBA, CMPP

Principal

Simcoe Consultants

Gabriele Weinhausen, PhD

Faculty Director, Teaching & Learning Commons

UC San Diego

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $25 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.