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Margolis Scholars in Health Policy & Management

The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the Sanford School of Public Policy invite highly qualified Master of Public Policy applicants who have demonstrated strong interest in health policy or have experience in the health field to apply for the inaugural class of Margolis Scholars, entering the Master Public Policy (MPP) degree program at Sanford in Fall 2017. Margolis Scholars are linked with the world-class experts and leading-edge research of Duke-Margolis on the Duke University campus and in Washington, DC. Margolis Scholars will be considered for competitive scholarships, as well as paid summer internships that provide hands-on experience in health policy and management.



About the program

Margolis Scholars enroll in the two-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, consistently ranked in the top 10 of U.S. public policy graduate programs. In addition to the MPP core curriculum, they complete a health policy and management concentration with at least one course each semester, and a summer internship.

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  • Delvecchio Finley

    Delvecchio Finley focused on health policy while earning an MPP degree at Sanford. Now, Finley is CEO of Alameda Health System. He has become known as a turnaround specialist – a guy who can take a struggling health care system and make big changes. In 2014, The American College of Healthcare Executives named Finley their 2014 Young Executive of the Year.

    Finley was raised in public housing in Atlanta, and he often uses his personal story to encourage staff members to respect all patients equally. “As you might imagine, my personal story kind of parallels many of the patients that we serve as a safety-net organization,” he said. "And so I approach what I do and how I serve [patients], in a way that I would want my family and my friends to be treated."

The Margolis Scholars concentration combines a rigorous academic foundation in the tools of policy analysis with health policy and management course offerings in Sanford and other Duke schools. Classroom experiences are supplemented with seminars and access to the health policy, sciences and management expertise across Duke University and Duke Health. Margolis Scholars will also participate in consulting projects, a summer internship, professional skills training, and opportunities to interact with policymakers and health policy thought leaders. The robust classroom and hands-on experience will prepare Margolis Scholars for dynamic careers as leaders in health policy management in government, nonprofits, and corporations in the United States and abroad.

The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy is a new university-wide center that brings together resources in health policy and management from across Duke University and Duke Health, facilitating collaborations between public policy, medicine, biomedical research, clinical care, population health, global health, health economics, law and business. The Center also has an office in Washington, DC, providing a significant presence in policy conversations and support for translating new ideas into effective policy reforms.

Duke-Margolis’ director Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD, is former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


The Duke Sanford Office of Career Services and Duke-Margolis provide MPP students one-on-one assistance with policy internship placement. Margolis Scholars are eligible to complete paid internships with Duke-Margolis in Durham, NC, or Washington, DC, as members of policy research teams working on leading-edge issues in health care delivery and payment reform and biomedical innovation at the local, national and global levels.

Scholars may also choose a meaningful health policy/health policy management internship at another organization.

Andy Allison, MPP alum“[Sanford's] emphasis on structured, focused and, in particular, succinct communication has served me well. Also, growing up in the home of a researcher and administrator, I knew that if a solution doesn’t work on the street, it doesn’t work at all. The budgeting and financial management course really hammered that home.” - Andy Allison MPP'92, director of medical services for the state of Arkansas and founding president of the National Association of Medicaid Directors


Margolis Scholar applicants should follow the regular Master of Public Policy application procedures. Designate “Health Policy” as your area of interest within the application. In your Statement of Purpose, be sure to mention you are applying for the Margolis Scholarship and address your background and interest in health policy.

Apply by January 5, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Scholars will receive admissions notification in early March. Applicants for the Margolis Scholarship must demonstrate a strong interest in health policy.

Contact Us!

Jessica Pan, MPP Admissions, Duke Sanford School, (919) 613-9244

Hilary Campbell, Research Fellow, Duke-Margolis, (919) 660-8007