Master of Science


Get the Skills to Look at Health in a Whole New Way

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.

Students will get a solid grounding in population health with a focus on data-driven inquiry including SAS and R programming and predictive modeling. By mastering 30 core competencies across seven domains, students will have the skills to employ rigorous scientific and analytic methods in a range of healthcare environments.

Learning takes place in both the classroom and real-world settings to ready them for careers in the public or private sectors.

Class sizes are small – a 1:2 faculty-to-student ratio – allowing students to form strong connections with peers and instructors. Students also have access to courses and researchers across Duke University and in the Duke University Health System leveraging world-renowned research that is only happening at Duke.

"Dr. Leah Zullig is a fabulous teacher, and was an absolute joy. She carefully took time to answer our questions, and go over topics in depth. She was flexible with classes, and moved around subject matter as necessary to spend time on topics we had questions about and more interest in.” 

- 2019 Matriculant

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