Through research and courses, Sanford faculty provide an 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.

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Academic Overview

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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. For example, Kate Bundorf's research focuses on health policy and the economics of healthcare systems. 

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

Sample Stories & Research

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Student Spotlight

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

Read the paper
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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 the report
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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

What can you do with a focus on health policy?

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Marcus Morrow MPP'14 

Alumni Story

Marcus Morrow received his MPP in 2014. He is a strategic intelligence manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and co-owns Chibanga's neighborhood market in Durham. In the past, he has worked for Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the city of Charlotte. 

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Key Partnerships

Duke Aging Center

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The Duke Aging Center is a multi-disciplinary hub for promoting healthy aging across the lifespan and managing social and medical complexities in late life.

Duke Global Health Institute

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The Duke Global Health Institute brings together knowledge and resources from across the university to address the most critical global health issues of our time.

Margolis Center for Health Policy

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The Margolis Center for Health Policy aims to improve health, health equity, and the value of health care through practical, innovative, and evidence-based policy solutions. 

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Let's Connect

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!