|Proposal: ||The Maryland School of Public Policy proposes establishing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. The proposed certificate will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, analyze, and implement policies related to science, technology, and innovation (STI), including regulatory aspects related to new technologies and approaches for creating and commercializing new technologies and innovations. The certificate is aimed towards students with STEM backgrounds who wish to acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of the social and political processes that shape science and technology, and to students in public policy related majors who recognize that many issues are reliant on – and shaped – by science and technological advances. |
The program will be a four-course (twelve credit) program of study. Students who complete the program will gain quantitative skills for analyzing empirical data related to science and technology change and analytical skills for designing and evaluating STI policies and programs. Students will learn to use STI policy documents and processes, including Congressional hearings, statutes, federal budgets, court decisions, National Research Council reports, and studies from advocacy groups. Students will also develop their communication skills by writing policy memos, preparing Congressional testimony, and making presentations.