Georgetown's program takes a comprehensive approach to the practice, examining the field through the lenses of science, ethics, business, and policy. Led by a faculty of practicing regulatory professionals, the program exposes students to the latest policies, trends, and developments across various facets of the field. Students will explore everything from pre-clinical research, to clinical trials involving humans, product approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory bodies, and post-marketing activities such as safety monitoring.
As the healthcare industry landscape continues to grow and evolve, companies, government agencies, clinics, hospitals, and universities will seek qualified candidates who understand how to navigate the complex regulatory world—from research, to policy, to project management—to bring safe, effective, and ethical medical products to market.
Consistent with Georgetown's Jesuit tradition of forming women and men in service to others, the program recognizes the important role of regulatory affairs professionals in facilitating research that—beyond complying with regulations—is respectful of research participants and their communities.
"Students will be challenged to think carefully and deeply about the ethical and moral implications of their work," said Dr. Robert Bienvenu, Faculty Director and Associate Professor of the Practice, who will lead the program. "That is a worthy motivation. You're helping those who are sick and injured; you're promoting health, so that people who are healthy remain healthy."
Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., the program is uniquely positioned to provide an opportunity for students not only to learn about the key concepts in the regulatory world, but also to engage with the experts who enforce them. The 36-credit degree is available for students to take on campus, online, or through a combination of both—allowing working professionals to earn their degrees without interrupting their careers.
About the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies fulfills the University's educational mission by offering a wide range of degree programs and applied learning experiences to a broad and inclusive community of students and professionals. The educational programs found within Georgetown SCS combine theory with practice through rigorous curricula led by experts in their fields, providing opportunities for students to excel academically and professionally. In keeping with Georgetown's Catholic and Jesuit heritage and values, SCS educates women and men to be self-reflective, critical thinkers who are committed to serve in greater society.