Program Mission


MPDM Program Mission

The graduates from this degree program will be proficient in applying leadership, management, and decision making skills in a regulated environment; understanding and conversing with others in a multi-disciplinary field; understanding ethical, business, financial, global, and strategic implications in medical product development; and enriching the community with ethical and socially responsible graduates in a field in which the highest levels of integrity are a fundamental necessity.

List of Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for the MS MPDM Program

Students in the MPDM Graduate program will be able to:

  1. Conduct an independent research project and communicate the results in written and oral form in acceptable professional formats. (Effective oral and written communication, information literacy)
  2. Adhere to and practice standards for ethical and responsible conduct of clinical research based on institutional mandates, regulations, guidelines and law. (Social responsibility and ethical conduct)
  3. Identify principles of research design and analyze results of clinical and scientific research studies (Analytic and critical thinking)
  4. Demonstrate leadership, teamwork, and decision making skills. Integration of cumulative skills and interdisciplinary knowledge demonstrated in a capstone project (Process planning and problem solving)

Map of PLOs to University Learning Goals (ULGs)

Program learning outcomes Course(s) University Learning Goals
PLO-1 Professionalism in Written and Oral Communications; Information literacy SMPD 281A, Clinical Development

SMPD 281B, SMPD 289A, SMPD 289B

  • Specialized Knowledge
  • Broad Integrative Knowledge
  • Social and Global Responsibilities
PLO-2 Social Responsibility and Ethical Conduct SMPD 283A, SMPD 283B Regulatory Affairs I & II

SMPD 281A, SMPD 281B
SMPD 289A, SMPD 289B
  • Broad Integrative Knowledge
  • Social and Global Responsibilities
PLO-3 Analytic and Critical Thinking SMPD 286 Statistical Methods

SMPD 287 Informatics SMPD 289B
  • Intellectual Skills
  • Applied Knowledge
PLO-4 Process Planning and Problem Solving

Submission of Publication-worthy Paper, Poster or Lecture

Capstone Project Cumulative assessment

Integration of various disciplines and PLOs
SMPD 289B Clinical Trials II

SMPD 281A, SMPD 281B
SMPD 283A, SMPD 283B
SMPD 285
SMPD 286, SMPD 287
SMPD 289A
BUS 210, BUS 224C, BUS 286, BUS 284C
  • Specialized, Applied and Broad Integrative Knowledge
  • Intellectual Skills
  • Social and Global Responsibilities
*Courses listed in BOLD denote classes in which PLO primary assessments are reported.

Alignment – Matrix of PLOs to Courses and Assessment Schedule

PLO 1
  • SMPD 281A
  • SMPD 283A
  • SMPD 283B
  • SMPD 289A
  • SMPD 289B
PLO 2
  • SMPD 283A
  • SMPD 283B
  • SMPD 281A
  • SMPD 281B
  • SMPD 289A, 289B
PLO 3
  • SMPD 286
  • SMPD 287
  • SMPD 289B
PLO 4
  • SMPD 289B
  • SMPD 289A
  • SMPD 281A
  • SMPD 281B
  • SMPD 283B
  • SMPD 285
  • SMPD 286
  • SMPD 287


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