Master of Science

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

Students acquire a solid grounding in population health with a focus on data-driven inquiry including SAS and R programming and predictive modeling. The course of study encompasses theory and practice, classroom and real-world settings. By mastering 30 core competencies across seven domains, graduates can begin careers in the public or private sectors employing rigorous scientific and analytic methods in a range of healthcare environments.

Class sizes in the master’s program are small – a 1:2 faculty-to-student ratio – allowing students to form strong connections with peers and instructors. At the same time, students have access to courses and researchers across Duke University and in the Duke University Health System.

Located in a renovated tobacco warehouse with state-of-the-art classrooms, the Department of Population Health Sciences sits just a mile from Duke's main campus and healthcare complex and in the heart of downtown Durham, named best city in America for millennials in 2018. Downtown Durham is a vibrant city center known for its arts, restaurants and nightlife. Durham is one point of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, home to two other research universities and many potential employers.

Faculty spotlight


Focusing on palliative care, health, and resiliency and spirituality, Dr. Karen Steinhauser primarily studies the composition and measurement of the quality of life for patients and caregivers at the end of life. Learn about her research and delivering palliative care for an aging population. Read More