Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
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 subpar, 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, and on the institutions educating these scientists. Purdue University’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 Pharmacy is helping to provide good regulatory practices in Africa.
This is the third in a series of three papers discussing the details of curriculum, administration and now, lessons learned with challenges and opportunities for future program delivery consideration.
Designing an applicable, theoretically sound and pragmatically implementable curriculum was the first step. This curriculum was discussed in the first paper on this topic. The second paper in this series addressed the risks of attending class through war torn territories, lack of information technology infrastructure, language, cultural implications, and the payment of tuition and fees as perhaps the most administratively challenging, of the challenges and opportunities documented and presented. The second paper, therefore, focused on the many non-curriculum challenges and opportunities of delivering a U.S.-based M.S. degree in Kilimanjaro, Africa. A program individuals risked their lives to participate in.
This third, and final paper in the series, does an after action review of the entire program; its design, development and delivery. This paper focuses on the many lessons learned, identifying challenges and opportunities for future consideration and potential inclusion in yet another program offering in collaboration with the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy in Kilimanjaro, Africa. Challenges and opportunities will be presented such that others’ considering comparable international program offerings may benefit from these findings.
Springer, M. L. (2018, June), After-action Review of a U.S.-based M.S. Degree Program Delivered in Kilimanjaro, Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Future Consideration Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29763
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