Biomedical Policies and Politics

Biomedical Policies and Politics

How is biomedical research funded? Who decides research priorities? How does policy affect innovation? What is the relationship between lab research and patient treatments?

Discover answers to these important questions and gain a deeper understanding of the processes that shape the federal biomedical research complex from two of ASU’s star professors, Robert Cook-Deegan and Bénédicte Callan.

To register or for more information, contact Kimberly Quach at [email protected]

This course is intended for those who work in, or have interest in, biomedical research and innovation in drugs, medical devices, or biologics and medical biotechnology. The first half will be devoted to historical, political, and legal background of biomedical research, other health research (e.g., public health, health services research), and regulation. The second half will focus on “hot topics” in biomedical research, such as therapeutic uses of genome-editing, drug pricing, patenting, and innovation policy. We will draw on Washington-based speakers and experts, interleaving materials to provide intellectual and academic grounding with very practical problem-solving in agencies within the federal biomedical research complex and in Congress.

About the Instructors

Robert Cook-Deegan is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and with the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University. He founded and directed Duke’s Center for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy from 2002 to 2012, and taught in Duke’s Washington program through June 2016. Before Duke he worked at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine 1991-2002; National Center for Human Genome Research (NIH) 1989-1990; and congressional Office of Technology Assessment 1982-1988. He obtained his MD from the University of Colorado in 1979 and a BA in chemistry (magna cum laude) from Harvard in 1975.  He is the author of The Gene Wars: Science, Politics, and the Human Genome and over 300 other publications.

Bénédicte Callan is a clinical professor in the School of Public Affairs and the College of Health Solutions. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Biology and East Asian Studies for Yale University. Professor Callan’s interests are broadly about the political and economic impact of new technologies in the life sciences and medicine; how these new technologies challenge existing institutional structures and business models; and what policies influence innovation or the uptake of new technologies.

Biomedical Policies and Politics

Course HSD 598, class #32346

1800 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006 (Metro Stop: Farragut West)

This class will meet Tuesdays from 5:00 pm to 7:45 pm from January 8 to April 23, 2019. There is no class on March 5th.

Please contact Robert Cook-Deegan ([email protected]) and Bénédicte Callan ([email protected]) for course content questions, and Kimberly Quach ([email protected]) for registration questions.

Course Cost

The cost of this 3-credit graduate course is $3,738. There is also an application fee for new students.

To Register

If you are currently an ASU student, go to to register for HSD 598, class #32346.

If you are not currently an ASU student, you must first become a non-degree seeking graduate student. The process is quick and easy.

  • Go to Then follow these linked directions to register as a Non-Degree Graduate Student.
  • In approximately 48 hours, you will receive an email confirming your non-degree status admission.
  • Before you can register for the class, you must submit proof of two MMR vaccinations. The necessary form and instructions on how to submit your vaccination records are available here
  • You can then log into your newly established account ( At the bottom of the “My Classes” box, click on “Registration”, “Add”, then search for class #32346. That will add Biomedical Policies and Politics to your “cart” and finish the registration process.