The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the Sanford School of Public Policy invite Master of Public Policy applicants who have demonstrated strong interest in health policy to apply for the next class of Margolis Scholars in Health Policy & Management

Margolis Scholars is a university-wide program led and supported by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. The program provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective on key health policy and management issues as well as relevant practical and research opportunities to support professional development.

Margolis Scholars are enrolled at the Sanford School of Public Policy. The program aims to select up to two Margolis Scholars from Sanford each year

    About the program

    The two-year Duke Sanford Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is consistently ranked in the top 10 of U.S. public policy graduate programs. In addition to the MPP core curriculum, scholars complete a health policy and management concentration and a summer internship.

    The Margolis Scholars concentration combines a rigorous academic foundation in the tools of policy analysis, health policy and management.

    Margolis Scholars participate in consulting projects, a summer internship, skills training, and have opportunities to interact with policymakers and health policy thought leaders. The robust classroom and hands-on experiences provide outstanding career preparation for leadership roles in the health policy field.


    • A financial award towards a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree.
    • Participation in experiential learning opportunities.
    • Guidance on health policy and management courses across Duke and UNC.
    • Guidance on and support for internship and job placement.


    • Participate in Margolis Scholars events.
    • Organize at least one Margolis Center event per academic year, in collaboration with other scholars.
    • Serve as a Teaching Assistant for one health policy course in the second year of the program, or as a Research Assistant for one or more semesters.
    • Complete five health policy and management courses.
    • Complete an internship in health policy.
    • Focus Master’s Project on a health policy topic.

    Eligibility and Selection Criteria

    Ideal candidates:

    • Are students enrolled in the Duke Sanford MPP program. 
    • Have evidenced an interest in health policy through current research, related internships, work experience, extracurricular activities. 
    • Indicate a strong interest in taking advanced health management and policy courses. 
    • Have demonstrated a clear intention of pursuing a career in health care research, delivery, management, or policy following graduation. 
    • Have achieved high academic performance in current and/or previous studies.



    Duke-Margolis Center Director Mark McClellan

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


    Minahil Shahid

    Minahil Shahid MPP'19 was a Margolis Scholar. Prior to coming to Duke, Minahil earned a degree in Economics and Political Science from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. She worked at the Chief Minister’s Delivery Unit in Punjab, Pakistan, where she closely coordinated with senior officials in government to devise and implement reforms to improve the state of health in the province.

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    Corinna  Sorenson

    Corinna Sorenson

    Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences

    Dr. Sorenson has extensive research and policy expertise in value assessment in health care, comparative effectiveness research, drug and device regulation and payment, and health policy evaluation. She is interested in the design, implementation, and assessment of innovative, evidence-based strategies to enhance value-based health care, particularly with regards to new and existing health care treatments and services. In this work, she also examines the economic, methodological, political, cultural, organizational, professional, and legal levers that support or hinder the adoption of such approaches.     

    Dr. Sorenson’s work also focuses on education and training development in health policy and management. She is currently Faculty Director of Graduate Education Initiatives and the Margolis Scholars in Health Policy and Management Program at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. 

    Outside of academe, Dr. Sorenson has served in senior health care consulting and policy positions in both the private and public sectors. She has also worked in an advisory capacity for governmental organizations in several countries on development of national and regional health technology assessment systems.  

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