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CCC eLearning Certificate Program

Drug Development Primer


This eLearning Certificate Program addresses the drug development process at a basic level, including an overview of a drug's life cycle, from discovery through post-marketing studies. Testing confirms mastery of the material upon successful completion of the program.

Featured Topics

  • Medical product categories
  • Medical product categories
  • Study population
  • Commonly used terminology

Target Audience

Professionals working in healthcare communications who need to understand the fundamentals of the development process for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and biologic drugs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe different categories of medical products
  • Understand the difference between pre-clinical and clinical studies
  • Review types of study designs and protocols
  • Define commonly used terms

Requirements for Certificate of Mastery

  • One module ~ 45 minutes
  • Companion Regulatory Compliance Test (RCT) - 25 questions

Program Format

  • 24/7 access from CCC website

Program Reviewer

This eLearning Certificate Program has been reviewed by Wayne Pines, a nationally-recognized expert in regulatory aspects of healthcare advertising and promotion. Wayne served at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, for ten years. He was the Agency's Chief of Consumer Education and Information, Chief of Press Relations, and Associate Commissioner for Public Affairs. Wayne was the FDA's spokesperson to the media for seven years, and in 2004, he was named FDA's Alumnus of the Year. Wayne is the author of the standard reference book in the field, The FDA Advertising and Promotion Manual, as well as chapters in other books. He serves on promotional review committees for drug and device companies and conducts training programs for them.

Special Recognition

The Coalition for Healthcare Communication (CHC) is partnering with CCC to offer the company's eLearning programs to healthcare agencies and publishers. Founded in 1991, CHC is a not-for-profit organization whose members include the leading healthcare marketing agencies and medical publishers. CHC members receive special discounts on coursework.