At Duke's Dept. of Population Health Sciences, we empower the next generation of healthcare researchers.


Do you care about advancing promising ideas and practices that positively impact the health of communities everywhere?

Do you want to use rigorous analytics to design data-driven solutions?

Would you like to collaborate with top clinicians and healthcare leaders at Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Health?

Then Duke’s Department of Population Health Sciences is for you!



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What is population health?

Population health explores the social factors that influence health.

PopHealth scientists work to improve populations by using research and data to:

Reduce disparities

Implement effective health innovations

Measure true health needs

Link communities and healthcare systems



What can I do with a degree in population health?

With the skills you learn from Duke’s faculty experts in bioethics, epidemiology, health policy, behavior science and informatics, you’ll be prepared for a career in health research, pharmaceuticals, data analysis and much, much more. Nearly 9 in 10 employers across the healthcare field say their need to hire a population health scientist is increasing!



#DukePopHealth at a Glance

M.S. & Ph.D. programs

Part of Duke University’s School of Medicine

2:1 faculty-to-student ratio

100 students, faculty & staff

No GRE/GMAT needed to apply for 2021-2022 year

All students get SAS Academic Specialization

Scholarships available



Dr. Leah Zullig
Dr. Leah Zullig tells Duke Magazine that implementation science brings the benefits of a research study to the real world—addressing uptake by populations and...
Dr. Lesley Curtis
We're starting to see some disturbing trends in life expectancy due to the pandemic. Dr. Curtis tells NPR she was surprised there was such a large decline in...
Sonali Biswas
Sonali Biswas, population health master's and Duke medical student, chose the field of plastic surgery to help transgender patients feel like themselves. With...
Dr. Eric Perakslis
Your “deidentified” Electronic Health Record data can flow to outside parties—having some benefits, but many times not. In a New England Journal of Medicine...





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