Introduction To Medical Affairs In Medicines Development

2021 Cohort

Transitioning into Medical Affairs?

Discover your place in the function and demonstrate your skills to potential employers

Take the Next Step in Your Career

Connect with peers while seeing a big picture of drug development that can help you move beyond your silo into a strategic role

Application Deadline

April 12, 2021


On behalf of MAPS and IFAPP Academy, we would like to introduce you to the Introduction to Medical Affairs in Medicines Development Course. This course was designed for the Medical Affairs professional who wants to further learn the fundamentals of Medicines Development and how the various Medical Affairs functions contribute to bringing better medicines to the marketplace, meeting the patient needs and improving health in the general population.

This course was adapted from the ongoing professional certification program the IFAPP Academy has developed with King’s College London. It gathers together experts from the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory agencies and academic institutions to offer the latest advances in all areas of Medicines Development as well as tips for the effective practice of the Medical Affairs function through state-of-the art interactive distance learning.

Hear what IFAPP and MAPS Leadership have to say about this course:
Course format

To earn the Introduction to Medical Affairs in Medicines Development certificate of completion, a student must complete and pass the course, completing 10 Lessons + 4 Webinars + the Final Assessment. A student will need to be self-directed, self-motivated, and well-organized in their studies and in completing the course work.

Each lesson typically requires 3-5 hours each week.

One Lesson per Week for 10 Weeks

3 – 5 hours per week

  • Online Lecture
  • Post Lecture Quiz
  • Student Lounge Q&A

Webinars (total of four)

1.5 – 2.5 hours per webinar

  • One hour recorded webinar
  • Post webinar assignment

Final Assessment

1-hour exam + additional study time

  • 30 multiple choice questions
  • Two opportunities available to pass examination
who should take this course

To participate in the course an individual should possess a post-graduate education in Biomedical Sciences, most often a PharmD, PhD or MD (exceptional Masters-level students will also be considered). The course is also appropriate for students with legal or business degrees seeking advanced knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry. Because the course seeks to offer the foundational knowledge needed to conceptualize the role of Medical Affairs as a whole, the course is most appropriate for those seeking a first position in Medical Affairs and those seeking to advance beyond a first role in the function.

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Introduction to Medical Affairs in Medicines Development Course: $2,300.00 USD.

Payments can be made via credit card, debit card, or bank account via PayPal’s secure payment service.


  • Application Period Opens: February 15, 2021
  • Application Period Closes: April 12, 2021
  • Application Decisions Emailed by: April 14, 2021
  • Tuition Due Date: April 19, 2021
  • Cohort Begins: April 19, 2021
  • Cohort Concludes: June 25, 2021
  • Exam Option #1: June 28, 2021
  • Exam Option #2: June 30, 2021

Course syllabus



This webinar is available to all current MAPS members. Members do NOT need to register. You will be automatically registered and will receive an email with login instructions 5 days prior and also a reminder 2 hours prior; simply add that invitation to your calendar. Alternately, you may add this webinar to your calendar and/or join the webinar at the time of the event using the buttons at the top of this page.

NOTE:  The final recorded webinar, as with all MAPS webinars, will be available on-demand to MAPS members via a link from this page to the Community Portal two days after the live event.


MAPS is dedicated to helping Medical Affairs professionals maximize their potential by offering resources like this webinar that not only facilitate the development of your skills but support you throughout your career. To access this webinar along with our library of on-demand webinars and other training resources, we invite you to become a member today. NOTE: Members who have not opted out of any email communications and who are current on their dues by 5pm (Mountain) the day prior to a live webinar will be automatically registered to attend the live webinar. The recorded webinar will be available via the Content Hub within 2 business days post-webinar. For nonmembers this webinar will also be available for purchase ($49) at this page two days after the event.