New Orleans, Louisiana
June 25, 2016
June 25, 2016
June 25, 2016
Administering a U.S. Based M.S. Degree in Kilimanjaro, Africa – A Global Benchmarking in Regulatory Science
In the world of pharmaceuticals, regulatory science is an emerging field that has goals of developing tools, drugs, devices, and practices to increase benefit and lower risk concerning safety, quality control, and effectiveness. The dangers of having a sub-par, or non-existent, regulatory science practice can be costly at best, or lethal at worst. Formal education at the graduate level to train professionals is a relatively new field. Research has been done on the practice of regulatory science, but not on the institutions educating these scientists. Purdue’s investment, in particular, has the ultimate goal of getting sustainable medicine to Africa. The collaboration of Purdue’s Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science program with the Kilimanjaro School of Medicine is helping to provide good regulatory practices in Africa. This prompted the need to perform benchmarking activities comparing and contrasting the Purdue program to both domestic and international certifications and degrees. The methodology employed to assess the potential list of resources was to make an exhaustive list (as possible, since higher education is constantly changing) of graduate and post-baccalaureate institutions that provide certification in regulatory science fields. First, the categories of cost, availability, and curriculum needed streamlining for comparison purposes. Then, best practices needed to be identified, for both domestic and international programs. Common themes of coursework in the life sciences, biotechnology, and policy/ethics were identified. Often, programs would require or prefer a bachelors in health science, life sciences, or engineering with common requirements of the advanced degree mandating courses in tissue engineering, stem cell engineering and related disciplines. The international programs focused more on global processes than domestic ones. In addition, there was a common trend, both domestically and internationally, that pharmaceutical sciences background/employment experience was preferred and the programs were designed to be part-time so the degree/certification could be earned while remaining employed (some even requiring a project to be completed at student’s place of employment). The most typical degree earned in this field was a Master’s degree and while ranging in cost from $23,000 - $100,000 in the domestic programs, the cost was typically much less expensive in the international programs.
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