Congratulations on your acceptance to the Master of Science in Population Health Sciences! We’ve put together this webpage to help make your transition to Duke and Durham just a little bit easier. You’ll find links to housing options, orientation and course registration, and general information on life in Durham. We look forward to your arrival in August!
Admitted Students FAQs
Is there an orientation?
Both the Department of Population Health Sciences and Duke Graduate School hold orientation events prior to the start of classes. Attendance at several of these events is mandatory - those events have been noted below. Please mark your calendars accordingly. Formal Schedule of DPHS & Graduate School Orientation Events Events marked with ** are mandatory
More info coming soon!
Does Duke offer housing?
Duke University does not offer on-campus graduate student housing (with the exception of 301 Swift, which is priority housing for first-time international students), but you can find a variety of living options below:
- Near Duke
- Duke List
- 301 Swift (on-campus priority housing for first-time international students)
How do I register for courses and pay tuition?
Course registration at Duke is done via DukeHub. Get step-by-step instructions on how to register for courses and how to make payment to the Graduate School. Visit the Duke Bursar's website for student account billing deadlines and other information about student bills.
Where is the department building located?
All first-year classes will take place at the Department of Population Health Sciences, which is located in The Imperial Building, 215 Morris St., Suite 210, a renovated tobacco factory in downtown Durham. We are a 5 minute drive to Duke East Campus and Ninth St. and a 10 minute drive to Duke West Campus.
What are my transportation & parking options?
You have multiple parking options downtown, but just as on campus, there is a monthly charge to park near The Imperial Building. The Durham ID Deck is located directly across the street from Population Health Sciences and the Durham Center Garage is located less than a block away from the Imperial building. You can find a full list of downtown parking here. There is also a free shuttle (Duke ID required) that picks you up directly outside our building and provides service to the University and Health System. You can also find limited free neighborhood street parking within a 10-15 minute walk to The Imperial Building.
How do I get a Duke ID Card? Do I need one?
All students are required to get a DukeCard, the official ID for Duke students. The card will allow you to access Duke facilities and parking lots, print documents on campus, check out books from Duke libraries, and purchase discounted tickets to a number of on-campus events. The DukeCard Office is located in 012 Telcom Building (rear entrance) off Research Drive. Your first DukeCard is free. Visit the DukeCard office website for more information.
Do you have info about Student Health Services?
Located in the Student Wellness Center, Duke Student Health is jointly supported by the Division of Student Affairs and Duke Community and Family Medicine, and is the primary source for a wide range of healthcare services for all Duke Students, many of which are covered by the student health fee. Visit their website to make an appointment, learn more about your health insurance, and access other useful information for new students.
Is there other helpful info for me?
- Duke Graduate Student Handbook
- Graduate Student Life via the Duke Graduate School
- Admitted Students links from the Duke Graduate School
- Financial FAQs
- Diversity and Inclusion Resources
- Student Disability Access Office
- Professional Development Resources for Master's Students
- Duke Visa Services
- Facebook Group for DPHS Master's Students - request to join!
What is life in Raleigh-Durham like?
As one of three cities that make up the Research Triangle, Durham is an inviting mix of old and new—renovated tobacco warehouses and modern office buildings, traditional North Carolina barbecue and farm to table restaurants, 15 historic neighborhoods and many new apartments and housing developments. Within the city, Duke runs shuttles from downtown to its campus every 20 minutes and the Bull City Connector is a free bus that runs from downtown to Duke. Durham sits in the center of North Carolina, making the beaches to the east and mountains to the west, less than a four-hour drive.
See some of the amenities Durham has to offer:
- Acclaimed restaurants, local breweries, and food trucks
- National tours at the Durham Performing Arts Center or music at various venues
- The Duke Lemur Center, the Museum of Life and Science and Raleigh’s Marbles Kids Museum
- An abundance of green space in close proximity to the city—including parks, trails, lakes, and the Eno River
- Duke’s own athletic teams, Durham Bulls AAA baseball, the NHL in Raleigh, and the NFL, NBA, and NASCAR in Charlotte