Dual Degree Programs

Duke's highly flexible curriculum gives students an opportunity to pursue a second degree while enrolled in medical school. About 40 percent of Duke medical students graduate with two degrees. 

Masters of Public Health – MD/MPH

Director: Kathryn M. Andolsek, M.D., MPH

The Epidemiology and Public Health Study Program is designed for students pursuing third year opportunities in public health through obtaining a Master of Public Health degree

It combines formal course work in epidemiology and population health, allowing students an opportunity to participate in the research design and/or analysis of a research study. Participants will practice skills related to research design, statistical analyses, assessment, health policy, and comparative effectiveness so that they can be effective contributors to improve the system of health care. The focus may be on improved health of the patient or a discrete population but should be transferable to local, state, national and/or global health issues. Each student selects a Duke Faculty mentor in consultation with the study track director.

Eligibility: Students enrolled in the School of Medicine, after satisfactory completion of the first two years of the regular curriculum, may seek a Master of Public Health degree at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill (or an alternate accredited school of public health). 

Length of Program: Two years

Required Research:  Each student will have the equivalent of 10-12 months’ participation in research. Students should identify a mentor, and research topic by Spring of the year in which they begin their third year. Ideally, Duke IRB approval is obtained at the same time recognizing that IRB approval is usually necessary through both Duke and other pertinent institutions. Coursework continuously informs their research project. Each student will be required to produce an in-depth thesis analyzing an area of epidemiology, health service research, finance, health systems, or health policy. This research activity extends throughout the year, culminating with the acceptance of the completed thesis, grant or manuscript consistent with Duke third year requirements.   

This study track is for students participating in an MPH. The student must apply to the relevant MPH school (and program within the school) and to Duke School of Medicine by completing the Duke Third Year Elective Form. 

For students who plan to apply for an MPH at the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health: There are currently five “pre-approved" MPH programs at the School of Public Health. These include Epidemiology; Health Care and Prevention; Health Policy, Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition.  The amount of tuition will depend on whether a student is determined to meet UNC’s “in state for tuition purposes” criteria and applies accordingly.  Interested students should do what they can to maximize their ability to meet these criteria as soon as they believe they have an interest. This determination is made semester by semester. For details see:  http://gradschool.unc.edu/student/residency. 

Masters of Health Science in Clinical Research – MD/MHSc (CRTP) or CTSA

Director:  David Edelman, MD

Name of degree: Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research (2 years)

Options/tracks within the degree program: Clinical Research, Genomic Research

Course of study: 4 semesters of coursework, plus a thesis is required.  A one year, non-degree option may be available.

Location: Duke Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP).

Length of Program: Masters’ Degree takes 2 years and requires a thesis.

Total time to graduation: Masters’ Program typically five years (the first or second year is congruent with your third year program).

Tuition arrangements: Full tuition for both programs is paid independently to the two schools. Scholarship funding is available for the entire Masters tuition; please apply for the CTSA scholarship by April 1

Financial Aid: Eligible and can apply for financial aid at each program for each year enrolled in that program.

For more information: Contact David Edelman, M.D., Director, CTSA TL1 Scholarship.

Masters of Business – MD/MBA

Director: Kevin Shah, MD, MBA

Name of Degree: Master of Business Administration (2 years)

Options/tracks within the degree program:  Many; Health Sector Management may be most relevant to Medical Students

Course of study:  Four semesters of coursework, and the summer between the two years is often devoted to practical work in business as well.

Location/s:  Duke Fuqua School of Business or a Business School at another University - Must be approved by the Third Year Committee prior to beginning any away program. Leave of absence required for first year at non-Duke institutions.

Length  of  Program:  Usually  two  years,  with  requirements  of  third  year  medical  school accomplished in second year of degree

Total time to graduation: Typically five years

Tuition Arrangements:  Full tuition for both programs is paid independently to the two schools. Currently there is a blended tuition for Fuqua through an agreement with the Duke School of Medicine but there is no guarantee it will continue in consecutive years. There is no reduction or blended rate if you attend another university for the MBA.

Financial Aid:  Eligible and can apply for financial aid at each program for each year enrolled in that program

Note: Students completing a second degree at another institution are placed on leave of absence from Duke School of Medicine. They pay tuition and expenses and receive financial aid at the other institution. Upon completion of their second degree, students return from leave of absence status and complete all third year scholarly experience requirements.  Students completing their third year scholarly experience are charged three terms of tuition and expenses and are eligible to apply for financial aid through the Duke School of Medicine Financial Aid Office.

For more information: Contact Kevin Shah, MD, MBA Study Program Director.

Masters of Public Policy – MD/MPP

Director:  David Edelman, MD

Name of degree: Master of Public Policy (2 years)

Options/tracks within the degree program: Varies across schools of Public Policy

Course of study: Three-four semesters of coursework; Masters' Thesis is required

Location: Duke Sanford School of Public Policy or a Public Policy School at another University (must be approved by the third year committee prior to the start of the program).

Length of Program: Two years, with requirements of third year of medical school accomplished in second year of degree program; under carefully considered circumstances and with special permission/effort can be completed in 16 months (see 'Note' below)

Total time to graduation: Typically five years, but can be four (see above)

Tuition arrangements: Full tuition for both programs is paid independently to the two schools.

Financial Aid: Eligible and can apply for financial aid at each program for each year enrolled in that program

Note: Students completing a second degree at another institution are placed on leave of absence from Duke School of Medicine. They pay tuition and expenses and receive financial aid at the other institution. Upon completion of their second degree, students return from leave of absence status and complete all third year scholarly experience requirements.  Students completing their third year scholarly experience are charged three terms of tuition and expenses and are eligible to apply for financial aid through the Duke School of Medicine Financial Aid Office.

For more information: Contact David Edelman, M.D., MHS, Study Program Director.

Masters of Global Health Sciences MSc-GH

Options/tracks within the degree program:  Elective options in Disease Causation and Prevention, global Environmental Health, Global Health Policy and Management, and Population Sciences

Course of study:  2-3 semesters of coursework, a field experience to apply learned research methods, and a research-based thesis are required

Location:  Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and a variety of international sites/institutions

Length of Program: Typically 4 semesters

Total time to graduation: Typically five years, could be accomplished in 4.5 years

Tuition Arrangements: Full tuition for both programs and is paid independently to the two schools. 

Financial Aid:  Eligible and can apply for financial aid at each program for each year enrolled in that program

Director: Megan Huchko, MD, MPH

Contact for more information:  Lysa MacKeen or http://globalhealth.duke.edu/education/mscgh-prospective-students

Masters of Management in Clinical Informatics – MD/MMCi

Director: Schroeder, Rebecca, MD, MMCi - https://mmci.duke.edu/

Innovation in health care is being shaped by a digital transformation that is already underway.  This effort was catalyzed by the Federal government’s investment in electronic health records, and is now expanded beyond health records to analytics, data visualization, connectivity, and patient engagement. While the infrastructure is in place, the Duke MMCi program is designed to develop a cadre of leaders who understand the critical organizational skills needed to understand, assess and implement technology solutions that can transform the clinical environment for our patients.

The MMCi program leverages Duke's world-renowned expertise in medicine, business, and health informatics. MMCi is an exceptional opportunity for dual-degree students. The one-year program offers the academic training that is needed to be successful in the innovation space while it’s unique Friday/Saturday class schedule offers time to complete the third-year practicum requirement concurrently with the program (most students leverage the program for their third-year research efforts but this is not required). Through access to the finest faculty and resources across health care, IT, and management education, students will acquire the knowledge and skills to merge technology with research and patient care and help improve human health.

Classes begin in August each year, meeting for four 12-week terms. During each term, classes meet on campus every other Friday and Saturday (a total of six week-ends per term) for the full day, with a short break between quarters. Students take three courses and an Ethics seminar each term. In addition, there are career seminars and industry networking events offered on Thursday evenings prior to class weekends.

Student Profile

MMCi alumni, students, and applicants represent diverse educational, professional and cultural backgrounds. While two-thirds of applicants have science or technology backgrounds, others have education and/or work experience in public health, public policy, business, and economics.

Approximately 40% of MMCi students have clinical experience. Professional experiences also include IT, business development, health administration, clinical trial management, consulting, and other business functions. International students add to the diversity of perspective in the MMCi program. Like domestic students, International students also come from a wide variety of IT, Medicine, and business backgrounds.

A key learning component of the MMCi experience is the study team, which is created to draw upon the diversity of experience and perspective within the class. A typical study team might include an IT professional, a clinician and/or a dual-degree student, an International student, someone with 20+ years of work experience and someone who has just a few years work experience. On a study team, each student brings a different perspective and has something unique to contribute, allowing a study team to see and learn about problems and solutions through other points of view.

Visit https://www.dukemmci.org/ for more information

An additional opportunity available for our students in Informatics is the UNC Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP)

Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics - MD/MHS

Focus on implementation science MPS are designed to be terminal degrees – i.e. a PhD is not required as in other Medical Informatics programs

Program:  Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) – coordinates with Library School, Computer Sciences, Nursing, Public Health, School of Medicine, and Kenan Business School

CHIP coordinator:  Larisa Rodgers

Director: Javed Mostafa, PhD, Professor School of Information and Library Science, joint appointment Biomedical Research Imaging Center. He is also adjunct faculty in Duke CFM

Application process: Follow normal process applying through Graduate School and CHIP. Physicians/medical students can use their MCAT scores instead of GREs

Length: 12 to 18 months with a practicum (12-months can be done by our Duke students if they take a full load), starts at end of August.

Two tracks:  Clinical and Public Health. CHIP can customize the degree program if several MDs/students are going through it at same time. Clinical track grew out of a certificate program developed in conjunction with Duke (Ed Hammond) for creating a subspecialty for physicians interested in informatics and the new informatics board

Focus:

  • Data – from acquisition to analysis – health data, statistics, validity, quality, etc.
  • Systems – deploy and create systems, systems design, usability, systems analysis
  • Human/societal – how health care works and the systems within it

Residential as opposed to commuter: very hands-on, work closely with faculty throughout program.

Assigned mentors: Work with students on practicum, as well as faculty advisors. Begin identifying mentor and project in first semester.  Mentors can be from UNC, industry or other relevant settings, including Duke – others have been SASS, RTI, Quintiles, and BCBS.

Requirements/products:  Project paper that could become a thesis.  Presentations and posters (online) are required

Compared to Duke MMCI degree:  MMCI is 50% business school courses and 50% informatics; the UNC MSP degree is more focused on informatics with business related electives and has more focus on healthcare as a system than business skills. 

Masters of Bioethics & Science Policy - MD/MA

Program Description: The Duke Masters in Bioethics & Science Policy program teaches students how to identify, analyze, and propose solutions to myriad complex issues at the intersection of science, technology, ethics, and policy.  Our curriculum is distinct from other bioethics degrees in its focus on bioethics and science policy, rather than bioethics or medical ethics alone. scienceandsociety.duke.edu/learn/ma

Length of Program: Three semesters. The program is completed typically by undertaking the course work during the fall and spring semesters, followed by a practicum or thesis during the following summer term. The program is, however, highly flexible in the scheduling of degree requirements, especially in the case of joint degree students.

Tuition: Tuition for the MA degree, as set by Duke Graduate School.  All Duke Medical School students will be eligible for a 50% merit scholarship from Science & Society, reducing the tuition to $38,610. In addition, MD students will be eligible to receive a $10-15,000 tuition subsidy from the Medical School for third year studies.

Science & Society also grants substantial scholarships as Leadership Awards to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential to become leaders in making scientific advancements more accessible, just and better integrated into society.  Applications for the Leadership Awards are due January 9.

Eligibility: All Duke third year medical students are eligible to apply.

Deadlines:     

  • Jan. 9 – Application for Leadership Award
  • Jan. 31 – Priority consideration for financial aid                   
  • May 31 – Final deadline for fall admission

Application Procedure/Requirements: scienceandsociety.duke.edu/learn/ma/admissions/application-requirements

  • Duke Graduate School Online Form
  • MA Supplemental essays
  • Three letters of reference
  • College and medical school transcripts
  • GRE or MCAT (may submit MCAT used for admission to Duke Medical School

Curriculum:

  • Required core courses (12 credits): Science Law & Policy; Clinical Bioethics and
  • Policy; Law Research and Bioethics; Contemporary Issues: Colloquium.
  • Electives (15 credits): courses selected from across Duke schools and departments
  • Practicum or Master’s Thesis  (9 credits) – Students have the option to either spend 10 weeks with a host organization engaged in work related to bioethics or science policy or to write a master’s thesis

Contact/Study Program Director:

Michael B. Waitzkin, JD, LLM – MA Director of Graduate Studies michael.waitzkin@duke.edu   (202) 528-1684

Margaret Humphreys, MD PhD - Study Program Director for the Medical Humanities Track. mailto:meh@duke.edu (919) 684-2285

Master of Engineering – MD/MEng

Bob Barnes, PhD; Pratt School of Engineering

Fan Yuan, PhD; Pratt School of Engineering

Bruce Klitzman, PhD; School of Medicine and Pratt School of Engineering

A. Introduction and Summary

This 5-year program is designed for MD candidates who wish to obtain a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree.  In brief, students spend four years (Years 1, 2, 4 and 5) in medical school to fulfill the MD curriculum requirements, and one year (Year 3) to take the required MEng courses detailed below.  In the fourth year, students work on development of new technologies or engineering approaches (including optimization/system analysis or feasibility analysis, etc.) for improving healthcare, improving public health, or reducing health hazards and write a thesis, for which they will receive School of Medicine credit in fulfillment of their Third Year thesis requirement.

B. School of Medicine Requirements

The MD curriculum requirements for typical Years 1, 2, and 4 (Year 5 for these students) will remain unchanged by this program.

School of Medicine Third Year thesis credit will be based on submission of a document whose rigor is consistent with current Third Year theses.  As with all current Third Year theses, the thesis proposals will require Third Year School of Medicine approval.  The thesis would consist of a detailed Business Plan, complete with extended Introduction (similar to the extended Introduction currently required of Third Year students who choose the manuscript or grant alternative theses) stating more thoroughly the healthcare, public health, or health hazard need being addressed.  The scope, subject, and outcomes of the thesis will be determined by the Engineering program of specialization in collaboration with the School of Medicine. Examples could include Development of a new technology and working prototype to improve healthcare; Evaluation of technologies for improving public health; Optimization of engineered systems to minimize exposure to environmental health hazards, etc.   A thesis alternative can be submitted in the form of a SBIR/STTR grant application since the grant thesis alternative is already an approved option offered to all Third Year medical students.  At the discretion of and selected by the Third Year Committee, the thesis may be reviewed by faculty or other experts well versed in the specific technology field who are not on the Committee.  These external reviews would be used by members of the Third Year Committee to grade the theses in order to ensure that the grading standards, rigor and criteria are consistent with current theses. The thesis may also be used to fulfill requirements for the MEng-550/551 courses.

C. Pratt School Requirements

Master of Engineering students in all majors must complete 30 credits comprised of key program elements as follows:

  • Core industry preparatory courses (6 credits)
  • Departmental or interdisciplinary core courses (15 - 18 credits, varies by major)
  • Technical electives in a concentrated area (6 - 9 credits, varies by major)
  • Internship, Project, or Equivalent

Additionally, some majors have a seminar participation requirement.

The MD/MEng student will fulfill all of the requirements of the MEng degree. To accomplish this, the following accommodation has been made for those seeking a dual degree

6-9 credits (depends on MEng major) required for the MEng degree may be fulfilled based on satisfactory completion of the MS 1 Basic Sciences curriculum (see table below).

Internship, project, or equivalent requirement may be fulfilled as described below

In the 4th year, each MEng student is required to undertake a practical internship, which must encompass at least 320 person hours of effort (as documented in his or her detailed laboratory notebook). These internships are by nature focused on engineering applications and technology development. To achieve this, each MD/MEng student may work under the auspices of Faculty in the School of Medicine, MedBlue Program, the Pratt School of Engineering, or other similar program to be reviewed and approved by representatives from the MEng and SOM faculty. Specifically, each MD/MEng candidate will: 

  • Work under the guidance of one or two attending physicians and engineers during their 4th year (“second third year”) to identify and complete at least one comprehensive Confidential Need Specification with the sponsorship of one of the clinical faculty;
  • Develop new technologies or engineering approaches (including optimization/system analysis or feasibility analysis, etc.) for improving healthcare, improving public health, or reducing health hazards based on the of the Need Specification;
  • Present their proposed technology or engineering approach to a select group of prospective investors and/or end users (clinicians);
  • Complete an Invention Disclosure Form approved by faculty advisor for the project and the faculty who teach the internship course, MEng 551
  • (Optional) submit the IDF, which requires review and signature of appropriate SOM Department Chair; review and signature by appropriate Engineering Department Chair.
  • (Optional) provide required information and support to OLV to assist in their review and action.

D. Example Curriculum: Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering with emphasis on Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The MD/MEng is most closely aligned with the Biomedical Engineering major.  Additionally, it is believed that the appeal in this program will be for medical students with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. Therefore, as an example, the Pratt course work requirements for a major in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship are outlined below. 

E. Application Requirements and Process:

All applications should be submitted using the online application to the Pratt School of Engineering, The current application requirement are:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or science from an accredited institution(transcripts required, including an estimated GPA)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Three letter of recommendations
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results (international applicants only)
  • A nonrefundable application fee is to be paid via check made out to Duke University or via credit card if using our online application. The application fee may very year to year.

MD/MEng students should also indicate on their application that they would be pursuing MEng as a concurrent degree. Although the application deadline is June 15, students interested in this program should apply before April 1 of the MS2 year.

Additional Requirements: The MS2 applicant must be in good standing with the School of Medicine.

Review Process:  The student must inform the Third Year Study Program Director in the School of Medicine, the Director of Masters Studies in the appropriate MEng major, and the Pratt Professional Masters Admissions Office so that the application and dual degree plan can be reviewed and approved separately from the Pratt School general admissions review.

G. Finances

Tuition: Students will pay the Pratt School of Engineering tuition for one year after the MS2 year and the School of Medicine tuition for four years (MS1,MS2, MS3 [year 4], and MS4[year 5]). The typical MEng degree is 3 semesters and so this concurrent degree is 2/3 the cost of a stand-alone MEng degree.

Funding: There are possibilities that some scholarship funding may become available to offset some of the costs to the student, which is undetermined and should not be expected.

H. Graduation

Since this is a concurrent degree and Medical School courses are being used to fulfill MEng degree requirements, the MEng degree will be granted simultaneous to the granting of the MD degree, typically at the end of the 5th year. If a MD/MEng student leaves the MD program before completing both degrees, a case-by-case analysis may be performed to determine if the MEng degree may be granted independently or if additional coursework is required to fulfill the MEng degree requirements. Since no accommodation has been made to the MD requirements, students withdrawing from the MEng degree will not affect MD degree requirements

Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology – MD/MA

After successful completion of the first two years in the School of Medicine at Duke, students may apply for a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Interested applicants must be second year medical school students with a demonstrated aptitude and established interest in Behavioral Medicine. Students enrolled in this program must complete a minimum of 30 credits that must include 24 credits of graded courses. This must be approved by the Psychology department and School of Medicine mentors and school administrators. The work will be reported in a document that will serve as a third year Thesis for the School of Medicine and Area Paper for the Department of Psychology. Students will be required to defend their Paper to a committee comprised of three members, which will include at least one individual from the School of Medicine and from the Department of Psychology. The members will be chosen by the Program Administrators. Students are required to meet all requirements of the Duke School of Medicine third year curriculum (e.g., completion of IRB modules).

Applications: All applications must be submitted to the Department of Psychology during the second year of medical school by December 1 (the year prior to beginning the program). Letter of intent recommended to be submitted by September 1.

Tuition: Students will be required to pay one-year tuition to the Graduate school as well as their four years of Medical School tuition.

For more information: Contact Study Program Director: Christine Marx, MD  

Masters of Arts in Library Studies – MD/MALS

This joint degree program of the Duke University Graduate Liberal Studies program and the School of Medicine would begin in the third year of a student's medical degree. It would be a two-year program in its first implementation.

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program offers the rigor of a graduate level liberal arts education within an interdisciplinary context. For medical students, the value of this degree is substantial. The program enables students to expand their intellectual capacity in diverse areas of study (e.g., social sciences, history, policy, ethics, etc.) while exploring these subjects from many perspectives. MALS students hone their abilities to view issues and problems from a variety of points-of-view, gaining both intellectual and practical skills that make them thinkers that are more comprehensive and more effective problem solvers.

The objectives of a MALS degree are to extend students' intellectual resources and range, promote openness to new ideas and ways of thinking, and facilitate the ability to identify connections and inter-relationships among seemingly disparate subject areas. To meet these objectives, Liberal Studies seminars are designed specifically for this program and are open to MALS students only. In addition, MALS students may take other courses of interest in Duke's Graduate School.

Requirements: Students design an individual course of study that brings together their intellectual interests and professional goals. Requirements include nine courses and a Master's thesis (approved by both the Graduate Liberal Studies program and the School of Medicine).

Apply to the Graduate Liberal Studies program on-line through the Graduate School. The application deadline for fall is May 15. All MD/MALS theses proposals also will require School of Medicine approval.

For more information: Please contact Donna Zapf, PhD, Director, dzapf@duke.edu; or Margaret Humphreys, MD, PhD, meh@duke.edu.

Jurist Doctor – MD/JD

Options/tracks within the degree program:  Varies across law schools

Course of study:  Six semesters of coursework

Location:  Duke University School of Law or at another University - (must be approved by the third year committee)

Length of Program:  Usually three years, with requirements of third year medical school accomplished in third of degree program

Total time to graduation: Typically six years

Tuition Arrangements:  Full tuition for both programs is paid independently to the two schools

Financial Aid:  Eligible and can apply for financial aid at each program for each year enrolled in that program

Note: Students completing a second degree at another institution are placed on leave of absence from Duke School of Medicine. They pay tuition and expenses and receive financial aid at the other institution. Upon completion of their second degree, students return from leave of absence status and complete all third year scholarly experience requirements.  Students completing their third year scholarly experience are charged three terms of tuition and expenses and are eligible to apply for financial aid through the Duke School of Medicine Financial Aid Office

For more information: Contact David Edelman, MD

Basic Science Research Training Program (BSRT) (for 2nd 3rd year students)

The Duke Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) and the Duke Burroughs   Wellcome Fund Physician-Scientist Institutional Award (BWF-PSIA) are pleased to announce a request for applications for funding to offset tuition for enrollment in the Basic Science Research Track (BSRT) for the Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) in Clinical Research Program.

These need-based scholarships provide up to $30,000 (up to $15,000 per year for 2 years) to cover program tuition.  This RFA is open to physician-scientists preparing to enroll in the BSRT program, including medical students intending to pursue a second 3rd year experience; fellows working in basic science laboratories; early career-stage faculty and potential K award applicants.

Proposals should include:

  • Applicant’s CV
  • Research Summary (1- 2 pages)
  • Statement of need including a description of the impact the BSRT degree  program is           expected to have on the applicant’s ability to move their research forward
  • An overview of the applicant’s research and career plans
  • Letter of support from Mentor (for students and trainees) or Division Chief/Department        Chair (for faculty) (1 page)

Applications should be emailed directly to Cyndi Duke at c.duke@duke.edu

Master of Science in Population Health Sciences

The Master of Science in Population Health Sciences prepares students to integrate knowledge, theory, and tools from multiple disciplines to find solutions that improve health.

What is Population Health?

Population health is the science of improving health and health care for all.

Population health addresses the social influences on health with a shared goal of a healthier population by:

  • Reducing disparities
  • Measuring true health needs
  • Improving the implementation of effective health interventions
  • Linking communities and health care systems

Population health combines implementation science, health policy, data analysis, measurement science, epidemiology, and public health to find innovative solutions for better health.

Who should apply?

The MS in Population Health Sciences is for current or recent undergraduates looking to build quantitative expertise plus current professionals – including clinicians – who want to develop their research skills. Prospective students can have a strong interest in social sciences, analytics, or health care, given the multidisciplinary nature of the field.

Successful applicants generally will demonstrate a passion for improving population health, an aptitude for learning high-level analytic research methods, and academic or professional achievements that show leadership skills, ethics, determination, resilience, and creativity. The admissions process considers both past accomplishments and future potential.

Each applicant is considered on the merit of their entire application, and no single factor (e.g., GRE scores) will automatically eliminate a candidate from consideration.    

What kind of careers will the MS in Population Health Sciences prepare you for?

The MS in Population Health Sciences prepares graduates for careers in community settings, health care systems, or industry. Example jobs could be:

  • Program management in community nonprofits
  • Policy evaluation in government agencies
  • Quality improvement in health care systems
  • Project development in health industry

Graduates will also be prepared for careers in academic or contract research, with positions in research coordination or project management.

Curriculum & Typical Schedule

In their first year, students take classes in population health, statistical methods and programming, research methods, and professional development. The program’s second year mixes electives and experiential learning.

Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is a key feature of the MS program, and includes an internship and a final paper or thesis. The internship is a supervised experience in either a professional or research setting that’s relevant to population health, structured throughout year 2 of the program. All students will complete either a master’s paper or a thesis, based on their internship work.

Mentorship

All students in the MS program are paired with a faculty mentor from the very beginning of the program. Through regular 1-on-1 meetings, mentors provide support and guidance as students develop education goals and career plans, along with helping them identify research experiences and capstone projects.

Contact us

Asheley Skinner, PhD 
Director of Graduate Studies/Director of MS Program
asheley.skinner@duke.edu
919.668.6360

https://populationhealth.duke.edu/master-science