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Master of Science in Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy

This unique, multi-disciplinary program helps students understand and communicate clearly about evidence-based decision-making at the intersection of science and policy.

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A Unique Approach to the Study of Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy

Every year, new events relevant to the biomedical sciences emerge in the global arena, from outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases that threaten lives and livelihoods to the development of tools and knowledge with the potential to transform humanity’s future. Decision-makers face a delicate balance: how to anticipate and manage safety, security, ethical, and moral considerations that might arise from these events while promoting innovation and discovery.

The Master of Science in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy program addresses this need by providing students with an understanding of policy and advocacy principles, and how scientific evidence informs decision making. We take advantage of Georgetown’s home in Washington DC to introduce our students to technical experts with first-hand insights into how, when, and why policymakers make use of scientific evidence, and who can illuminate pathways to a career that spans science and policy.

BHTA & BSPA End of Semester Celebration

Date: December 21, 2020
Time: 9:30am-11am

This year has been uniquely arduous. Let’s take some time to celebrate all of your accomplishments! Ada Bacetty will give a talk on “Leadership in the Wake of COVID-19“.

Ada Bacetty

Ada Bacetty is the Department Chief for the Biological Threat Reduction Program in DTRAs Cooperative Threat Reduction program. Most recently, Dr. Bacetty held positions as a Director for USDAs Foreign Agricultural Service and Senior Policy Advisor for a Chairman of a House Appropriations Subcommittee. From 2008-2016, she served in various roles within the Department of Defense (DoD), to include International Scientific Program Manager, Country Officer, Team Lead, Branch Chief, and Program Manager. Prior to her DoD career, Dr. Bacetty was a USDA-ARS research scientist conducting studies focused on host-pathogen interactions, mycotoxins, nematology, and pathogen detection. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and presented at several national and international meetings. Ada holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from South Carolina State University, a Master’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University, and a PhD in Plant Pathology from The University of Georgia. 

Program News

2021 Student Cohort

Introducing Our Master of Science in Biomedical Science Policy & amp ; Advocacy Student Cohort Vanessa Barnes Vanessa ( she / her ) is a part – time Biom…

Alex Long

Alex Long

Alex Long, an alumnus of the MS Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy program and research intern at The Wilson Center, talks about his interests in public health and environmental policy.

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