Professional Development

A Career-Focused Degree

Students who earn the Master of Science in Population Health Sciences demonstrate 30 critical competencies across seven essential domains:

  • Foundational knowledge
  • Evidence-based population health sciences and research methods
  • Quantitative and analytic skills
  • Research/program planning and management
  • Systems thinking and policy
  • Leadership and team practice
  • Communication and knowledge transfer.

The theoretical and applied knowledge and tools acquired equip graduates to identify and excel along multiple career paths—academia, government, non-profits, or the private sector. In addition, students can take advantage of Duke’s global reputation for research and teaching excellence and the University’s more than 170 thousand alumni. 

Department Resources

The master’s program also includes professional development seminars that give students essential skills with which to navigate the job market: 

  • Professional presence
  • Networking and communication 
  • Informational interviews
  • Leadership and professional adaptability
  • Employer expectations
  • Professional digital presence
  • Work/life balance Teamwork

Duke Resources

The Duke University Student Affairs Office hosts career fairs throughout the academic year. The Graduate School offers resources to build a personal brand and to manage career decisions:

Other Duke resources specifically for master’s candidates include: