Admissions

The application for the Master of Science in Population Health Sciences is open to current or recent undergraduates looking to build quantitative experience and current professionals—including clinicians—who want to broaden their quantitative and methodological skills. 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.

Application Deadlines

The application for the Master of Population Health Sciences is now available. Apply to the Graduate School by the following admission deadlines:

  • Priority Deadline: January 15, 2021
  • Final Deadline: February 28, 2021
  • Final Admission Decision: Late March - Early April 2021

Application Requirements

Below is a list of documents and information the Duke Graduate School requires: 

Application FAQs

Who should apply?

The Population Health Sciences master’s program is open to current or recent undergraduates looking to build quantitative expertise and current professionals—including clinicians—who want to broaden their quantitative and methodological skills. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the field, prospective students with a strong interest in the social sciences, analytics, or health care, may find this degree adds to their knowledge, skills, and career preparation. While prior education and other academic markers are important, above all, we are seeking well-rounded applicants of any age and background who are passionate about using high-level research methods to discover opportunities to improve population health. We're interested in candidates who demonstrate professionalism, leadership skills, ethics, determination, resilience, and creativity, across all domains of life.

What are the program prerequisites?

The Master of Science in Population Health Sciences is a quantitatively and methodologically rigorous program; students will take courses that rely on a basic knowledge of statistics and mathematics. While the program does not mandate specific prerequisite classes, successful students will likely have completed at least one course in introductory statistics (or possess equivalent work experience) and at least one college-level math course (calculus or higher, e.g. linear algebra). Familiarity with computers and software are helpful.

What is the background of current M.S. students?

Our current student’s backgrounds and career goals reflect the transdisciplinary nature of population health. Their undergraduate majors include sciences, such as biology and psychology, languages, philosophy, statistics, and music. Some are clinicians—pharmacists or physicians, while others have worked in public health or research. Most have worked after completing their bachelor’s degree, though some started the program immediately following graduation. The common factor among them is a desire to improve the health of populations.

What is the tuition cost for the M.S. program?

The Duke Graduate School annually sets tuition and fee rates and provides estimates for cost of attendance. Population Health Sciences master’s program is designed as a four-semester, full-time program.

Is there financial aid available for M.S. students?

The Duke Graduate School Financial Aid Office works with students to arrange for federal financial aid and student loans. Students apply for financial aid through the Graduate School. Financial aid, which is offered in the form of loans and federal work study, is available to citizens and eligible noncitizens (green card holders).

Are there scholarships available?

The department awards a limited number of scholarships based on financial need and merit. Students are automatically considered for scholarships based on their Graduate School application; no additional application is required. Additionally, many of our students work on research projects with department faculty. These research assistant positions do not provide tuition remission but offer hourly compensation.

How does the department embrace diversity and inclusion?

The School of Medicine and the Department of Population Health Sciences hold as a central tenet that diversity and inclusion are key drivers of institutional excellence and amplify our capacity for innovation and solving complex problems. The department takes seriously its responsibility to recruit and retain students that exemplify a diversity of backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented minorities, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those with disabilities. Duke offers the following resources in that regard: