Science Policy


Science policy analysts observe and influence the direction of local, state and national science policy by working directly with lawmakers or establishing and advising government programs. They serve as the communication bridge between researchers, the public and policy makers. Science policy is critical for global health, world policy, and the continued funding of research. Science policy analysts are currently working on hot topics like the response to Zika and Ebola, improving healthcare, advocating for continued funding for scientific research, and the ethical implications of new technologies like stem cells, genome editing and synthetic biology.

Interested in Science Policy? Check out our overview of this career at the link below for more information on this career and the skills you will need to succeed.

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Johns Hopkins Science Policy Group (JHSPG)

Join the Johns Hopkins Science Policy Group (JHSPG).

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Practice Writing

Find opportunities to practice writing to build your portfolio of writing samples, or "clips." The JHM Biomedical Odyssey blog is a good place to start.

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Risk Sciences and Public Policy Certificate

Earn a Risk Sciences and Public Policy Certificate.

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Attend an Advocacy Day

Attend an advocacy day at the US Capitol. See the overview for more opportunities.

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Volunteer

Volunteer for a Scientific Society or the Graduate Student or Postdoc Associations at:
Johns Hopkins SOM Graduate Student Association Postdoctoral Association

AAAS Leadership Seminar in Science and Technology Policy

Take the AAAS Leadership Seminar in Science and Technology Policy.

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AAAS Forum in Science and Technology Policy

Attend the AAAS Forum in Science and Technology Policy

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