International development policy requires a firm foundation of knowledge about development challenges and experiences, ability to apply a wide range of evaluative and analytical tools, an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving, and communications skills. Sanford faculty have active field research projects and expertise in economics, environmental engineering, political science, evaluation methods, migration, and many other applied areas.


Academic Overview 


Sarah Bermeo's research lies at the intersection of international relations and development, with a particular focus on relations between industrialized and developing countries.

Related Programs & Courses

The Public Policy Studies major is a perennial top major at Duke University.

Please visit the Duke Center for International Development website for more information.

PhD in Public Policy

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Sample Stories & Research


Student Feature

A a general practitioner at hospitals across Ethiopia during COVID-19, Solomon Ayehu MIDP'24 headed to graduate school to study international development and global health policy.

Read Solomon's Story

Research Feature

Faculty member Anirudh Krishna and Sanford PhD candidate Emily Rains looked at 9,000 households in three Indian cities to explore social mobility in India’s urban slums. They found that volatility is high in slums and upward gains are precarious for residents.

Read their paper

What can you do with a focus on international development policy 


Bautista Logioco MIDP ' 04

Alumni Story

Bautista Logioco graduated in 2004 from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University with a Master of International Development (MIDP) degree. Since then he has had a variety of international roles at the United Nations, including the World Food Programme, UN Women and the UN Development Program.

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Key Partnerships 

Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research


The Center's mission is to improve health of individuals and communities, locally, nationally, and internationally, by addressing health inequities through interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, interventions, and evaluations. 

Duke Center for International Development


The Duke Center for International Development (DCID) promotes sustainable development through its research, education and engagement with students, policy makers, practitioners, development partners, civil society and the private sector.

Duke Global Health Institute


Duke Global Health Institute aims to achieve health equity for vulnerable groups and individuals around the world through research, education and partnership.

Duke Population Research Institute


The Duke University Population Research Institute (DUPRI) is a community of scholars who challenge the boundaries of interdisciplinary population research with cutting edge approaches to prepare the next generation of leaders in population science.

Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center


The joint Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center takes advantage of the best faculty, courses, resources and technology that each university offers. 


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Interested in pursuing a degree with a focus on international development policy? Great! The admissions page for each program has detailed guidelines, including our contact info. Please reach out!

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