Introduction to Science Policy: Communicating Your Values to Policymakers





The Scientific Citizenship Initiative at HMS (SCI) is offering the Introduction to Science Policy: Communicating Your Values to Policymakers nanocourse for Harvard STEM graduate students and postdocs. The course will be held in-person* at Harvard Medical School, 4-7 PM on Tuesdays January 25, and February 1, 2022.

This course will provide an understanding of the relationship between science and policy, the role of values in crafting policy recommendations, and the complex ecosystem in which policy is made. Participants will engage in group activities designed to enhance professional skills needed for a variety of careers, including science policy. This hands-on experience culminates in a capstone communications assignment where students will apply the concepts learned throughout the course to develop a policy pitch.

Foundations of Science Policy

  • Understand and identify core concepts at the intersection of science and policy.
  • Learn how science and policy Interact.
  • Understand your personal values.

Career exploration

  • Discover the vast ecosystem of potential science policy careers.

Professional Development

  • Gain practical skills relevant to all careers through a series of exercises concluding with a science policy pitch.

Enrollment limit

This course is limited to 20 participants.

Session dates and times

  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 4 PM – 7 PM ET
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 4 PM – 7 PM ET

Countway Library 506, Minot Conference Room (Longwood Medical Area)

*Physical Distancing
The HMS policy for in-person courses is that vaccinated individuals need not maintain any physical distancing, but that masks are required for indoor activities. Students who are not comfortable with this arrangement are asked to approach the course director or a member of the instructional staff before the first class meeting to discuss alternate arrangements. Reasons not to be comfortable may include not being vaccinated, having a medical issue that makes one more vulnerable, or being in close contact with an immunocompromised individual.