Education and Workforce Development

Education and Workforce Development

"The most important imprint we can make on a future, more affordable, more equitable health care system is to prepare new health policy leaders who are committed to value in health care that truly improves patient's lives." Robert J. Margolis

Health care is at once a critical part of people’s lives and a highly consequential part of the U.S. economy. Health policy works at the intersection of how health care is delivered to consumers and communities, and its effect on the economy, society, governments, and the private sector. Health policy researchers seek evidence-based solutions to the leading issues and problems confronting our health system.

The mission of Duke University’s Robert J. Margolis, MD, Institute for Health Policy is to improve health, health equity, and the value of health care through practical, innovative, and evidence-based policy solutions. Duke-Margolis catalyzes Duke University’s leading capabilities, including interdisciplinary academic research and capacity for graduate and undergraduate education and engagement, to inform policy making and implementation for better health and health care.

The Duke-Margolis multidisciplinary approach to generate and analyze evidence that will improve the experience of health care, advance the health of populations, and reduce costs requires capabilities that few institutions can bring together. Through its education mission, Duke-Margolis is committed to increasing opportunities for learners at every level to gain exposure to the field of health policy and prepare the next generation of health care leaders.

Core Education Offerings


For more information about our programs, resources, and student education visit the links below.


Undergraduate Students

Graduate & Professional Students

Continuing Education


“The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy has undoubtably shaped the trajectory of my educational curriculum. When I first arrived at Duke, I initially planned to major in Biomedical Engineering and conduct biological research on autism. However, by engaging with Margolis-affiliated professors, upperclassmen, and staff, I soon learned that I could maximize my impact by pursuing a career in health policy. The Duke-Margolis Center then helped me capitalize on this interest by connecting me to researchers at Duke and policymakers at the state and federal level. The mentorship from the Center has been pivotal to my academic journey and I hope to continue my work here even as I continue my studies at Oxford."



"Margolis truly changed the trajectory of my undergraduate career, and I am so thankful to my village of mentors, who have made this journey possible."


As of Fall 2019, 75 students have engaged in Duke-Margolis' Education and Workforce Initiatives, working alongside Duke faculty and researchers across campus and community partner organizations.

Since 2017, learners have:

  • Participated in experiential learning opportunities, including research projects or teaching assistant opportunities led by Margolis-affiliated faculty and research staff
  • Participated in opportunities to further hone professional and leadership skills in the form of workshops, conferences, and seminars
  • Accessed networking opportunities with health care faculty, staff, and other experts across Duke as well as external academics and senior leaders and practitioners
  • Received both formal and informal mentorship from Margolis-affiliated faculty and research staff
  • Obtained guidance on the available health policy and management courses across Duke and UNC
  • Applied for internship and/or job placement in health policy
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Meet the Duke-Margolis Education Team

Gillian Schmidler

Gillian Sanders Schmidler, PhD

Deputy Director, Duke-Margolis Institute for Health Policy
Professor of Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine
Margolis Executive Core Faculty
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member

Corinna Sorenson

Corinna Sorenson, PhD, MHSA, MPH

Faculty Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
Senior Advisor and Founding Director, Margolis Scholars Program
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences and Public Policy
Margolis Core Faculty
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member

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Kate Bundorf, Ph.D.

Faculty Director of the Margolis Scholars Program
Margolis Core Faculty
J. Alexander McMahon Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management Sanford School of Public Policy

Dev Sangvai

Devdutta Sangvai, MD, MBA

Faculty Director of the Margolis Summer Experience
Margolis Core Faculty
Professor, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry
Duke SOM Professor, Program in Education
2020 Intern Mentor
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member


Marianne Hamilton Lopez, PhD, MPA

Senior Research Director, Biomedical Innovation
Faculty Director of the Duke-Margolis Postdoctoral Associates & Affiliated Fellows Program
Adjunct Associate Professor
Senior Team Member
Margolis Core Faculty

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Andrea Thoumi, MPP, MSc

Area Lead, Community Health and Equity
Faculty Director of Health Equity Educational Programming
Senior Team Member
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member
Core Faculty Member
Adjunct Assistant Professor
2020 Intern Mentor

Beth Gifford

Elizabeth Joanne Gifford, PhD

Faculty Director of the new Bass Connections Health Policy and Innovation Theme
Associate Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Margolis Core Faculty
2020 Intern Mentor

Nathan Boucher

Nathan Boucher, DrPH

Faculty Director, Health Policy Undergraduate Certificate
Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Associate Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Margolis Core Faculty

Robert Saunders

Robert Saunders, PhD

Senior Research Director, Health Care Transformation
Adjunct Associate Professor
Executive Team Member
Margolis Core Faculty

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Tiffany Chan, MS

Senior Program Coordinator -Summer Experience, Margolis Scholars