Course Details

Careers in Science Policy

This course is designed to follow Erin Heath’s “Engaging in Science Policy” and explores many of the career opportunities in science policy through a series of interviews with people in various roles in the field. It is intended for scientists and students of science at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doc level who are interested in career opportunities in science policy, what they entail, what skills are needed and how to get your foot in the door.

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Course Author

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Instructor: Erin Heath

Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations at AAAS, handles a range of policy issues of interest to the scientific community, with a particular focus on biomedical and public health research as well as public and policy engagement. She co-chairs the Coalition for National Science Funding and the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy Coalition, heads the selection committee for the AAAS Science and Technology Congressional Fellowships, and sits on the steering committee of the Golden Goose Awards. She holds a Master of Science with Merit in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to graduate school, she spent years as a journalist in Washington, most notably as a science policy reporter and columnist for the National Journal.

Course Overview

Duration: 1 hour


  • Make students aware of the various types of careers in science policy available to them
  • Help students determine what types of science policy roles would be best for them based on their interests
  • Describes to students how they can pursue these career paths

Certificate of Completion

  • Earn 1 PDH

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