BMS 270 Applying Science to Policymaking (2023)

Module: 3
Sponsoring Program: BMS
Administrator: Priscilla Pereira

Course Number: BMS 270
Course Name: Applying Science to Policymaking
Units: 3
Grading Option: S/U
Course Director: Keith Yamamoto

Other faculty: Ben Rubin
Dates: May 15 - June 5
Campus: MB
Location: GH S271 except on 6/5 room: GH-N114
Schedule: M/W/F, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Minimum Class Size: 3
Maximum Class Size: 12

From tackling pandemics to addressing climate change, we need scientific expertise to craft evidence-based policies to solve society’s big challenges. Designed to train scientists to engage with policymaking of all levels, this mini-course is a first step for anyone interested in science policy. We will focus on two core competencies: (1) knowledge of the policymaking process and (2) rhetorical skills for communicating with a variety of audiences, with special attention given to how these skills can be used in advocacy and social justice work. Each student will apply these skills to build a policy portfolio with an elevator pitch, op-ed, and policy brief on a selected science policy topic. This course is intended for students on any career trajectory and will provide opportunities to interact with expert guest speakers in a variety of career paths.