What are the policies needed for global poverty reduction in the context of education, agriculture, health, trade and economic wellbeing in developing economies?
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 in more than 20 countries with expertise in economics, environmental engineering, political science, energy policy, quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, migration, and many other applied areas.
- Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research
- Duke Center for International Development
- Duke Global Health Institute
- Duke Population Research Institute
- Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center
Our faculty generate knowledge at local, state, national and global scales. They have advised World Bank, USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corp., UNICEF and many field-based NGOs and community-based implementing organizations; trained thousands of foreign government officials in public finance and governance topics; identified crucial gaps in implementation of health care delivery globally and worked with global organizations to understand how to implement changes; worked to improve access to electricity and clean cook stoves in emerging economies, and much more.
Public Policy Studies major
- Master of International Development Policy (MIDP)
- MPP (International Development Policy certificate available) - view concentration requirements
PhD in Public Policy
The Duke Center for International Development (DCID), a unit within Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, advances international development policy and practice through interdisciplinary approaches to post-graduate education, mid-career training, international advising and research. Its faculty and staff continuously strive to create programs that meet the specific needs of each client and student.
Sarah Bermeo is the Director of Graduate Studies for the MIDP program. Her research lies at the intersection of international relations and development, with a particular focus on relations between industrialized and developing countries.
MIDP arranged for a diverse panel of international development speakers for Global Career Days for MIDP and MPP students in fall 2020. Panels focused on International Development Management, Global Hot Topics, as well as Security and Peacebuilding.