Rice: Wiess School of Natural Sciences

Professional Master's Program: An Unconventional Career Track

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RICE UNIVERSITY
Prof. Master's Program
6100 Main Street, MS-103
Houston, TX 77005
713.348.3188  tel
713.348.3121  fax

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Initial Funding by the
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


Overview


“Science impacts public policy in all important areas and is directly impacted by policies created at the local, state, and national levels. Funding and regulation of science, technology, engineering and math education have a major influence on the quality of the science and engineering workforce. Science is also critically needed to inform policies in areas such as energy and climate change, threats to the environment, and dealing with biological pandemics, to name a few. Sound policy making depends on the policy makers having access to current understanding of science and technology. Thus, graduates from this program who understand science and technology are vital to the policy making process at all levels in government. While scientists are often called upon to testify at hearings, that is no substitute for having technically competent staff and officials who interact with the creation of policies daily. Since government policies influence the business world, companies will need graduates from this program who understand the technical issues as well as the policy-making process.“

 – Neal Lane, PhD, Senior Fellow, Baker Institute
    Malcolm Gillis University Professor
    Rice University


The Bioscience and Health Policy track will give students a deep background in biological sciences complemented by courses in sociology, economics and policy studies to foster their understanding of the role of science in policymaking and the role of public policy in science. In addition to science courses, students will take an overview course in Science Policy and Ethics, a management course and a seminar jointly with the students involved in the other tracks. Furthermore direct access to the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy will allow students to work closely with policy scholars as well as meet with many of the leaders in science and technology policy. This program focuses on training bioscience and health policy analysts, providing them with the tools to face the complex challenges inherent in the bioscience research, public health, and the U.S. healthcare systems and health-related industries.


The objectives of this interdisciplinary degree are as follows:

  • To equip students with advanced Bioscience skills
  • To achieve dual professional competency in science and policy analysis and development
  • To teach quantitative skills and data analysis
  • To equip students with leadership, communication and research skills to conduct independent studies enabling them to understand and formulate public policy recommendations
  • To gain exposure in a real life experience in technology policy development by participating in an internship
  • To train students how to integrate their science knowledge into creating better policies and practices

This program will give students a deep background in science complemented by courses in sociology, economics and policy studies to foster their understanding of the role of science in policymaking and the role of public policy in science. Their coursework will provide them with research and study skills enabling them to develop specific policy recommendations.They will also receive the tool-set to become knowledgeable in the formulation and execution of public policy. Their direct access with the Baker Institute will allow them to work closely with policy scholars as well as meet with many of the leaders in science and technology policy.

Faculty involved in the Professional M.S. in Bioscience and Health Policy Program include:

Janet Braam, Track DirectorBiochemistry and Cell Biology

Kirstin Matthews, Track Advisor, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy 

Elaine Howard Ecklund, Sociology

Andrew R. Barron, Chemistry 

George Bennett
Biochemistry and Cell Biology  

Daniel D. Carson, Dean of Wiess School of Natural Sciences, Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Kathy EnsorStatistics

Peter HartleyEconomic

Kathleen MatthewsBiochemistry and Cell Biology


Last updated 05/16/2013 by p.jones