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The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy today announced the first cohort of Margolis Scholars selected from exceptional candidates from the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the JD program at the Duke School of Law. The program will be expanded to graduate and professional students in other programs at Duke over the next two academic years.

“These exceptional students will be part of a vibrant intellectual community being built at Duke and will have opportunities to network with national and international health policy leaders,” said Duke-Margolis director Mark McClellan, MD, PhD.

The program provides an interdisciplinary perspective on key health policy and management issues, as well as relevant practical and research opportunities, to support professional development and preparation for dynamic careers in government, academia, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, notes faculty director Corinna Sorenson, PhD.

“Our goal is both to provide rigorous training in health policy and management and opportunities, tailored to each student’s interests, for making hands-on contributions to research, consulting projects, policy formulation and thought leadership,” she said.

The program is inspired by Duke-Margolis’ founder, Robert J. Margolis, MD, (M ‘71), who envisioned the Center as a catalyst for leveraging Duke’s expertise across disciplines to solve health policy’s most difficult problems.

“It is exciting to see the first cohort of the Margolis Scholars furthering their engagement with health policy and management. Training the next generation of health poicy leaders is an integral part of the Center’s mission ,” he said.

The 2017-2018 Public Policy Margolis Scholars

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Minahil Shahid

Minahil earned her BSc (Hons) in Economics and Political Science, from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. Prior to coming to Duke, 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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Madhu Vulimiri

Madhu earned her BSPH in Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Prior to entering the MPP program, she worked at Huron Consulting Group, where she consulted for hospital and physician groups on improving financial and operational performance. She was a member of the Duke Bass Connections NC Medicaid Reform Advisory team, which developed recommendations that have been presented to policymakers in Raleigh.



About the Duke-Margolis Center

The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University brings together expertise from the Washington, D.C., policy community, Duke University and Duke Health to address the most pressing issues in health policy.

The Center’s mission is to improve health and the value of health care by developing and implementing evidence-based policy solutions locally, nationally and globally. For more information, visit


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