Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy


The Department of Microbiology & Immunology offers a unique M.S. degree in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy.

This degree aims to provide students with an understanding of policy and advocacy principles as well as familiarity with essential concepts in the field of biomedical science. We feel that this dichotomy is essential for making educated and effective decisions in the crucial field of science policy. From stem cell research to bioterrorism, science has quickly come to the forefront of the global health and security agenda and the policy decisions we make as a society will affect us for years to come.

Unfortunately, the field of science policy as it exists today is populated with professionals whose experience and education are highly polarized in either science or public policy. This area has for decades been viewed as a merging of two distinct disciplines - to its own detriment. The field of Science Policy is a host to an enormous body of knowledge, which is presented for the first time in this new, unique graduate program.

The interdisciplinary curriculum includes biomedical science, public policy, and science policy courses (both required and elective) from a number of departments:

  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • School of Nursing & Health Studies
  • STIA (Science, Technology, and International Affairs) Division at the School of Foreign Service
  • Security Studies Program at the School of Foreign Service
  • Georgetown University Public Policy Institute
  • Georgetown University Law Center