Global Center for Scientific Affairs

In collaboration with academic medical institutions, MSD has developed two online courses to help prepare future scientists for careers in clinical practice, medical research, industry or with the FDA.

  • Course 1: Drug Development and Pharmacology
  • Course 2: Principles of Clinical Research and Design

To evaluate the program or obtain courses at no charge for your institution, please send an email to request@msdscience.com.

Physicians must frequently address clinical research and drug development issues, yet many of them have little practical knowledge about those processes. Academic institutions educate future medical professionals, but clinical research and drug development knowledge largely resides within the pharmaceutical industry.

In response to the NIH Roadmap for industry and academic partnerships in clinical research education, the MSD Global Scientific Education Initiative (within the Global Center for Scientific Affairs) was created. In 2010 MSD partnered with faculty at Yale University Medical School to develop an e-learning program for drug development from target identification/validation to post-marketing surveillance. Later, MSD created an e-learning program on all aspects of clinical research. These programs have been utilized at more than 50 schools in 13 countries.

Course Availability and Access

Faculty of any degree-granting institution can request access to these courses at no charge. Currently, the courses are used by undergraduate and graduate medical programs worldwide to augment existing curricula. Courses are available in six languages: English, Latin American Spanish, Simplified Mandarin Chinese, Turkish, Japanese and Russian. Faculty members also have access to case studies and slide presentations. Courses are cloud-based and participants can access them through the Academic Center’s Learning Management Systems (LMS). The courses can be viewed on several types of mobile devices as well as desktop computers.

To evaluate the program or obtain courses at no charge for your institution, please send an email to request@msdscience.com.

Course 1: Drug Development and Pharmacology
Course 2: Principles of Clinical Research and Design

To evaluate the program or obtain courses at no charge for your institution, please send an email to request@msdscience.com.