UBC’s Academy of Translational Medicine (ATM) is excited to announce that its proposal, Micro-credentials in Regulatory Affairs for the Life Sciences, has been awarded $157,093 by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training (MAEST). British Columbia has the fastest growing life sciences sector in Canada, and regulatory expertise is vital to the continued growth of the sector. With this financial support, the ATM is offering a new UBC Micro-certificate designed to provide an understanding of regulatory affairs and regulatory science to industry professionals and to students and faculty looking to improve career prospects and help bring health products to market.
The micro-certificate consists of two online courses that will run back-to-back September to November 2022. The Introduction to Regulatory Affairs course provides an overview and introduction to regulatory affairs, while the Regulatory Science and Health Economics course explores the emerging discipline of regulatory science, including health economics, post-market surveillance and regulatory reform. The courses can be taken individually, or stacked into a UBC Micro-certificate.
The ATM regulatory affairs micro-certificate is developed and delivered in partnership with UBC Extended Learning (ExL) using the ExL online learning and registration platform. The online courses include instructor-led sessions, facilitated discussions and in-person workshops in Vancouver. A remote virtual option is available for the workshops so the program can be completed 100% online.
Find out more about the emerging field of micro-credentials in the broader education landscape as well as at UBC.
This new regulatory affairs micro-credential program is led by the Chair of the ATM Regulatory Advisory Council (RAC), Dr. Dean Regier. The RAC, which consists of members from industry and academic institutions both locally and internationally, has been crucial in providing guidance on course and curriculum. You can read more about Dr. Regier’s perspectives on the important role regulatory affairs can play in bringing new health innovations to patients quickly.
In 2021, the MAEST developed a micro-credential framework for BC and dedicated a total investment of $5 million to develop and implement micro-credentials at public post-secondary institutions. These micro-credentials are designed for British Columbians who want to take advantage of employment opportunities in growing sectors throughout the province.
“As our economy continues to recover from the pandemic and adapt to our new world, we need to provide more up-skill opportunities to better support the needs of our workforce,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “Micro-credentials are a bridge for workers to enhance their skills and take advantage of job openings in high-demand fields.”
Find out more about the MAEST micro-credential framework for BC’s public post-secondary education system.