Earlham is partnering with an independent organization called Pathway for Patient Health (PPH) to offer a minor in Quality Science that will help prepare students for careers in the life science industries– particularly in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences sectors. This minor includes a set of seven courses (three of these by industry experts facilitated through PPH), as well as an online portfolio website to connect students to the life science industries for paid internships and employment.
The word Quality refers to the term used in manufacturing, a measure of excellence or a state of being free from defects, deficiencies and significant variations. A Quality Scientist ensures that the product is suitable for its intended purpose. They increase the reliability, integrity, and trustworthiness of the product, process, and system by understanding failure modes and risk analysis.
The Advisory Board for this initiative at PPH includes representatives from leading life science companies such as Baxter International, Procter & Gamble, AstraZeneca and Elanco.