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Population Health Sciences

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For more information contact:

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Population Health Sciences
Duke University
Box 104023
Durham, NC


General Information

Degree offered:
Faculty working with students:
Students receiving Financial Aid:
The Department of Population Health Sciences awards some merit-based scholarships. All students are automatically considered based on their graduate school application.
Part time study available:
Test required:
GRE General or MCAT scores
Application Deadlines

Program Description

The Department of Population Health Sciences offers a Master of Science in Population Health Sciences that provides a solid methodological and analytical foundation across broad population health sciences concepts, including basic study design, determinants of health, health disparities, implementation and evaluation, and policies and systems. The program consists of coursework, collaborative research projects, and hands-on experience. Students take advanced classes in applied analytics methods, foundational courses in population health sciences, research methods, and study design along with four electives. Real-world experience comes from a year-long capstone project during which students complete an internship and write a master’s paper. The program requires professional development seminars on topics including leadership and professional adaptability, networking and communication techniques, having a professional presence, and US employer expectations. Broadly, we expect that students entering the MS in Population Health Sciences should have a background or strong interest in the social sciences, quantitative sciences, and health care. 

While prior education and other academic markers are important, above all, we are seeking well-rounded students who are passionate about using rigorous research methods to discover opportunities to improve population health, and we welcome students of any age and background who possess this quality. We're interested in candidates who demonstrate professionalism, leadership skills, determination, resilience, and creativity, across all domains of life. Each applicant is considered on the merit of their entire application, and no single factor (e.g., GRE scores) will automatically eliminate a candidate from consideration. 

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.

We do not have any specific prerequisites, but we strongly recommend that applicants demonstrate familiarity with these topics through coursework, professional experience, or other means:

  • At least one course in introductory statistics, or equivalent work experience. If you have not completed this at the time of your application, we strongly encourage you to take a course at an institution of your choice prior to matriculation. This will prepare you for success in the MS program. 


  • At least one college-level math course, calculus or higher (e.g., calculus, linear algebra) 

General comfort with computers and software will facilitate success in courses emphasizing software-enabled analytic methods, and familiarity with health care would also be beneficial.

Our faculty research spans the areas of:

·         Bioethics

·         Clinical Decision Sciences

·         Epidemiology

·         Health Behavior

·         Health Economics

·         Health Measurement

·         Health Policy

·         Health Services Research

·         Implementation Science

Other Application Requirements: 

Applicant interviews- Interviews are with a combination of faculty and staff members, and are completed virtually through WebEx. 


Spring Application