Level 1
 Science and Technology
Policy & Careers 101


Whether you’re a scientist, engineer, or health professional interested in a career in science and technology policy or a researcher who’s interested in improving how they describe the potential societal implications of their research, you need a better understanding of science and technology policy. You also need to understand the key principles involved in evaluating programs, analyzing potential public policies that might respond to societal implications, and then communicating your results to policymakers and the public. 


Educational Outcomes 

In this “learn by doing” class, students will enhance their understanding of:


  1. What encompasses science & technology (S&T) policy

  • The role of the White House, Congress, and Judiciary in S&T policy

  • The role of international government and U.S. states & cities in S&T policy

  • The role of scientists, engineers, and health professionals in public policy.

  • The analytical and communication techniques that support scientific, engineering, and health-focused communications with policymakers.

  • An overview of careers in S&T policy.


Class Topics 

  • What is Science & Technology (S&T) policy?

  • What is the difference between “policy for science” and “science for policy”?

  • How do the White House and Congress REALLY work?

  • Which federal agencies play a major role in S&T policy? How do they differ?

  • What role does the judiciary play?

  • What S&T policy activities occur at the international, state, and city level?

  • What role might you play in S&T policy?  What’s your perspective? (Unconscious Bias & Public Policy)

  • What analytical techniques are used in public policy analysis and program evaluation?

  • What do you need to consider when communicating with policymakers?

  • What are possible careers in S&T policy?