Admitted Students


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! 


Both the Department of Population Health Sciences and Duke Graduate School hold orientation events prior to the start of classes on Monday, August 26th. 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


Monday, August 12th, 2019

2019 International Graduate and Professional Student Resource Fair
Penn Pavilion, West Campus
2:00 - 4:00 PM
To register for the Resource Fair, and International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation, please click this link.

  • Off-Campus Resources - Banks, Cell Phone Companies, ITIN Applications

  • On-Campus Resources - Library, Writing Studio, Career Center, Religious Life, Women's Center, Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, Center for Multicultural Affairs, Student Health & Wellness, DuWell, CAPS, and other campus offices.

  • GoPass Distribution, Alternative Transportation, and more

Campus tours will leave from the IHOP (International House Orientation Peers) Info Desk every 30 minutes. 
Each tour will be led by a current graduate student IHOP.


Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation, Reynolds Theater (Bryan Center)
9:00 AM - 3:10 PM

Please visit this link for more information on the orientation schedule and to register.


Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

**SAS Programming Primer, Day 1
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Classroom A, DPHS
Imperial Building, 215 Morris St.
lunch will be provided

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

**SAS Programming Primer, Day 2
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Classroom A, DPHS
Imperial Building, 215 Morris St.
lunch will be provided

Friday, August 16th, 2019

**R Programming Primer
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Classroom A, DPHS
Imperial Building, 215 Morris St.
lunch will be provided


Monday, August 19th, 2019

Graduate School Welcome Reception for New Students
4:30–6:00 PM
The Graduate School Lawn, 2127 Campus Drive (West Campus)
Join us on The Graduate School front lawn for picnic food, and an opportunity to meet the staff and mingle with other students. Sponsored by The Graduate School for incoming graduate students. 

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

**Graduate Student Orientation 
10:00 AM–12:30 PM
Reynolds Theater, Bryan Center (directions here)
The orientation is intended to help new students transition to graduate school by providing information about the academic community, policies, and resources. All new students should plan to attend. There will be an open question-and-answer period following the orientation. Lunch will be available after the session.

Graduate Student Resource Fair
12:30–2:00 p.m.
Penn Pavilion (map & directions here)
Representatives from many student groups, volunteer organizations, administrative offices, local vendors (e.g., banks), and other establishments will be set up at tables offering information. DukeCards will be available for pick-up at the information session for students who previously submitted the required information online to the DukeCard Office.

Safety Workshop (registration required)
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center, Second Level
The Office of Graduate Student Affairs in collaboration with the Duke Police will host a workshop focused on how to enhance crime prevention skills and awareness in our community.

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

**RCR Orientation for Master’s Degree Students (please register using the link)
8:30 AM –12:30 PM
Durham Hilton Hotel, 3800 Hillsborough Road
All incoming master’s students must attend this mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research orientation.

Mentoring and Graduate Student Success (registration required)
1:30–3:00 PM
Rubenstein 153 (Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room)
Join Duke faculty and graduate students in an informal conversation about establishing supportive mentoring relationships and the role of good mentoring in your success as graduate students. 

**Graduate and Professional School Convocation
4:00–5:00 PM
Duke Chapel

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Interdepartmental Informal Meet & Greet Pizza Dinner
5:30 PM
Gross Hall lobby
Come eat pizza, mingle, and discover shared interests with faculty, staff, and graduate students from Bioethics & Science Policy, Population Health Sciences, the Global Health Institute, and Interdisciplinary Data Science


Friday, August 23rd, 2019

DPHS Welcome Reception for New Students
3:00-5:00 PM 
DPHS, Imperial Building
215 Morris St.
Please join department faculty and staff as we celebrate the arrival of our first cohort of Master's students! Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. 


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:

Course Registration and Payment

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.

Duke Bursar student FAQs

Our Location 

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. 

Transportation & Parking

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.

Duke ID Card

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.

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. 

Useful Links for Graduate Students

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

We have a created a closed Facebook group for our Master's students to meet and get to know one another before orientation and classes begin. Please request to join the group from the group administrator, Sarah Miller. 

Downtown Entertainment

Close by are numerous restaurants, a robust local beer scene and nightlife that includes music halls, jazz clubs, and the Durham Performing Arts Center

Still have questions? Get in touch with us!

Sarah Miller, DPHS Education Program Coordinator
Ebony Nash, DPHS Education Administrative Assistant
Mary Medlin, DPHS Associate Director of Education