Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Medical Laboratory Sciences & Biotechnology

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Medical Product Development prepares students with the fundamentals of project management and development of new products and services. Students who will complete this program will be ready to work in settings such as hospitals, universities and the diagnostics, device and pharmaceutical industries and to function in roles including R&D, manufacturing, regulatory affairs and quality assurance, marketing and support. The curriculum will cover critical management and leadership skills required to be successful in medical product development.

Medical product development occurs in a variety of settings from university labs to hospital labs to industry labs. The product development process proceeds through various phases of discovery, development, scale-up and commercialization. It involves a variety of functions including research and development, manufacturing, legal, regulatory, marketing, service, finance and product management.

Product development in the healthcare field has been too often an undisciplined process with little support and understanding by management. Today’s changes in healthcare management and new clinical, regulatory and quality requirements make it essential for labs and companies to change the product development process.

This program offers students the hard (data-driven, performance and financial) and soft (leadership, management, decision making) project management skills needed to succeed in product development. Coursework includes identifying customer requirements, understanding compliance, designing for improved performance, addressing risks and building market success.