A graduate certificate is offered in Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals from Michigan State University for those who wish to further study the threat of fake legal drugs. Drugs that are counterfeit are created with inappropriate amounts of certain ingredients, improperly processed in a person’s body, may contain ingredients that are not on the label, or have fake packaging and labeling. Students in this course will learn how to identify counterfeit medication and the risks they pose to the public. This particular program is available only in an online format.
Students in this program will need to complete five courses, worth three credits each, in order to finish this program. These courses are: Introduction to Public Health, Introduction to Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting and Public Health, Advanced Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals Readings, Applications of Open Source Information in Public Health Intelligence, and Special Studies in Food Safety.
While in this program, students will learn about the moral, ethical, and political issues that surround counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Students will also be taught how Supply Chain, Packaging, and Criminal Justice ties into counterfeiting within organized criminals, terrorists, and government-sponsored criminals.
The main goal for those who are in this field is prevention for the sake of public health. This program participates in the campus-wide Counterfeit Initiative to create and manage a database of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, as well as other subjects.
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