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GRD 520: Introduction to Science Policy

This one credit graduate course offers graduate students and postdocs an introduction to science, technology and innovation policy. Scientists and engineers who take this course will learn how science influences the rules and regulations that affect the public, make connections with science policy experts, and stay informed of opportunities in the world of science policy.

The course meets for two hours a week for ten weeks, featuring guest speakers from the science policy community on such topics as: communication for scientists and engineers, policy for science, the history of science policy, science advocacy, science from the Inside, and the scientific workforce. Students will write two one-page policy memos.

Graduate students enroll through SOLAR. Postdocs should contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.


JRN 511: Scientific Communication for Decision Makers

Learning how to effectively communicate science to decision makers is increasingly important for scientists and health professions. This interactive course provides students with the skills, practice and knowledge needed to clearly and vividly communicate complex science to decisions makers (e.g., Congress, local officials, community groups, etc.) in a variety of forums and settings.

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C-STRIDE Advanced Graduate Certificate

C-STRIDE is a multidisciplinary advanced graduate certificate that teaches the interdisciplinary skills to assist, create, and eventually lead in the translation of complex data-enabled research into informed decisions and sound policies. The certificate requires a total of 15 credits, selected from among communicating science, statistics, environment, and energy courses.

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Marine Conservation and Policy Program

The Graduate Program in Marine Conservation and Policy provides students with an understanding of contemporary marine conservation and policy issues and helps them develop the necessary skills to apply this knowledge in marine conservation positions that require advanced training and a broad skill-set, but are not research-based. The program offers both a Master's degree and an advanced graduate certificate.

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