What is the IFAPP/King’s Medical Affairs in Medicines Development Certification Program?

The program is a unique partnership between academia, industry, and professional associations aimed to foster competencies and improving performance in medical affairs and medicines development. It is anchored by a strategic collaboration between IFAPP (International Federation of Associations of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Pharmaceutical Medicine) and King’s College London, one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities based in the heart of London.

This modular program is offered online via CPD (Continuing Professional Development). Students successfully completing the course will receive a Certificate granted by King’s College London and IFAPP Academy and a Professional Certification granted by IFAPP and the IFAPP Academy. The use of post-nominal letters (CMD) to attest certification will be awarded.

How the Certification Program works:

To earn a Medical Affairs in Medicines Development Certificate, you must successfully complete and pass 6 Modules made up of 10 lessons each and an End of Program Assessment.

2 Lessons per Week = 4-7 hours per week

·         Online Lecture

·         Webinar Participation

·         Discussion Forum Participation

·         Quizzes & Additional Reading

10 Lessons = 1 Module
6 Modules (60 lessons) = IFAPP Academy-King’s Medical Affairs in Medicines Development Certificate and IFAPP’s Professional Certification

IFAPP Academy Tuition Fees

IFAPP/Kings Certification 2018/19 Program Fee * $6,000 – $9,000 USD

*To provide educational opportunities to students in a wide variety of countries with varying economic statuses, the Academy determines tuition fees based on several factors including Sponsorship status (i.e. whether your tuition will be paid for by your company), or if you are self-paying then the cost is based on the country’s GDP where you are employed. The Academy also offers a very limited number of scholarships for eligible students. The number of scholarships will be determined by Dec. 2018.

For more information please email IFAPP Academy at admissions@ifappacademy.org

How much time should I plan to invest?

You will need to be self-directed, self-motivated, and well-organized in your studies and in completing your coursework. The Professional Certification Program requires approximately:

4-8 hours per week

25-45 hours per Module

200-250 hours for the IFAPP Medical Affairs in Medicines Development Certificate

Every learner is different, but each week you can anticipate spending the following approximate time in your studies. (These estimates include the time you’ll spend preparing for and completing the assessment at the end of each Module).

  • Attendance to Online Pre-Recorded Lecture (Asynchronous): 2 -3 hours (2 one-hour lectures per week) Your lectures will be asynchronous, which means that each student is free to view the lectures at different times throughout the day and week. Asynchronous learning allows you the flexibility to choose viewing times that are most convenient for you.
  • Post-Lecture Assignments: Following the lectures you view online, you will engage in forum discussions and other learning activities to reinforce and expand on each week’s topic. In some cases, you will also be required to pass an assessment. Your contributions to the Discussion Forum will be assessed.  (1-2 hours)
  • Webinar/Tutorials with Live Participation: (Synchronous) 1 hour) The Webinars are synchronous, which means that they must be attended during a specified date and time. Please check your course calendar and make note of the required dates and times so you will know when to login and attend. Again, your participation in the webinar will be assessed.

Each Module will finish with a 30-question multiple choice exam.  After all modules have been completed/passed students will be required to participate in the End of Program Assessment which is made up of 3 Essay Questions.

Program eligibility:

If you’re a medical affairs or biomedical professional responsible for creating strategies, communicating, and generating value in the medicines development process aiming to improve patient outcomes and leveraged healthcare, then this certification is the right choice for you.

Student Requirements

  • Graduate/postgraduate education in biomedical sciences
  • At least one-year experience in the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Willingness to grow in the Medical Affairs function
  • Proven command of the English language
  • Able to spend 4-6 h weekly for home study related to each asynchronous lecture
  • Able to participate in synchronous webinars (4 per module – 6 Modules total per year)

IFAPP Academy Applications

Those interested in applying, for the Medical Affairs in Medicines Development Certification Course, for the 2020 Cohort should sign-up for the IFAPP Academy’s Newsletter to be notified when the applications open and other important deadlines and events. Applications will be available July 2019.