Through research and courses, Sanford faculty provide in-depth understanding of economic, sociological and political forces that shape health care systems in the U.S. and other countries. Health policy directly affects who receives health care and how, and Sanford provides decision making tools for students and policy makers.

Related Programs & Courses

Undergraduate Program

Professional Program

Graduate Program

PhD in Public Policy

Sample elective courses:

  • Climate Change Economics and Policy
  • International Environmental Policy
  • Collective Action
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environment & Development
  • Energy & Development Global Environmental Health


  • Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
  • Duke Global Health Institute
  • Duke Law School
  • Duke School of Medicine
  • Duke School of Nursing
  • Fuqua School of Business
  • Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Social Science Research Institute
  • Trinity College of Arts and Sciences


Our faculty have produced research and scholarship contribute to the knowledge base for evidence-driven policy around health. They have worked with community partners around North Carolina on health-related issues; designed a community-based program for caregivers of veterans; and provided a variety of evidence-based policy insights during the global pandemic.

Core Faculty: Health Policy

Featured Faculty & Research

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World Food Policy Center Director, Norbert Wilson

World Food Policy Center

 This center bridges key areas of the food system to improve human wellbeing, environmental health, and equity. 


Kate Bundorf
Professor Kate Bundorf

Professor Kate Bundorf

Kate Bundorf's research focuses on health policy and the economics of health care systems. 


Research Spotlight

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed long-standing gaps in the long-term care system: barriers to access, confusing layers of regulation and complex payment systems. 

Read Nathan Boucher's report

Student Spotlight

PhD student Marwa AlFakhri is a co-author of the study showing how COVID-19 is magnifying health disparities.

Read the paper

Diversity Spotlight

"Our state and counties must focus on caring for the most vulnerable members of our community and the staff that risk their health every day to care for them.” 

Read faculty op-ed

Alumni Spotlight

Marcus Morrow MPP'14 is a Strategic Intelligence Manager at Blue Cross NC.

Marcus' LinkedIn page

Featured Podcast

Sugar Fix

Our podcasts regularly feature stories about health and health policy. In this episode of Ways and Means: How lessons learned in the tobacco wars are guiding a new public health fight: the battle against sugar hidden in our foods.

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Contact Us

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