Do you want to be part of changing the most pressing public health challenges facing our nation? Do you want to learn from experts that implement real patient-level solutions and work with big, complex data to measure the health of populations? A Master of Science in Population Health Sciences can provide the foundation for a career in improving health and health systems.

About the MS in Population Health Sciences

Duke’s intensive, multidisciplinary MS in Population Health Sciences equips students with the concrete skills they need to implement patient-level healthcare change. In just two years, students will gain a deep understanding of statistical modeling, bioethics, epidemiology, health policy, behavior science, and more, preparing them for a career in health research, pharmaceuticals, data analysis, and other related fields.


Why choose Duke PopHealth for an MS in Population Health Sciences?

  • Learn from world-renowned researchers across the Duke School of Medicine in high-demand areas, like implementation science, measurement, epidemiology, and health policy.

  • A 2:1 faculty to student ratio ensures many opportunities for mentorship and access to our faculty. All MS students are paired with a faculty mentor.

  • Earn your SAS Academic Specialization just by completing the program, a talent in high demand from top employers.

  • Get recruited by top healthcare employers who look to Duke PopHealth for industry-leading population health scientists.

  • Tap into Duke PopHealth’s partnerships with world-class institutions such as Duke Health, Duke Clinical Research Institute, The Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke Cancer Institute, and the Duke Global Health Institute.

Apply today to jump-start your career with a Master of Science in Population Health Sciences from Duke. There’s never been a better time to apply—GREs are optional for the 2023-2024 application cycle.

What careers will an MS in Population Health Sciences from Duke prepare me for?

The Duke MS in Population Health provides a unique set of skills - both expertise in population health, as well as analytic and evaluation skills. This situates our graduates to work in research, public health, and in the healthcare system. Our alumni can be found in a wide variety of post-program areas. Many are now applying their skills and knowledge from the MS program in real-world settings, including government, health care, and industry. Others are pursuing further degrees, either in our PhD program or elsewhere, or the MD program at Duke. Positions held by our current alumni include:

  •  Research Specialist and Program Manager at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy (UNC)

  •  Provider Performance Associate with Stellar Health in NYC
  •  Senior Associate with CITIC Securities Company Limited in Hong Kong

  •  Cognitive Data Reviewer with VeraSci in Durham, NC

  •  Program Manager with the NC Department of Health and Human Services in Raleigh, NC

  •  Police Wellness Coordinator with the Tempe Police Department in Tempe, AZ

Learn more about our admissions process and curriculum.                                             


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