Health Policy Certificate

Health Policy Certificate

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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.

Duke-Margolis and the Sanford School of Public Policy jointly educate students in evidence-based health policy analysis, development, and implementation so they are prepared to address complex challenges in health and health care at local, state, national, and global levels.  

Why Pursue the Health Policy Certificate?

  • Learn about the intersection of many different disciplines, such as medicine, ethics, economics, global health, and public policy
  • Explore a health policy pathway through directed, hands-on learning experiences
  • Apply classroom learning and experiences to real-world problems


Your Certificate Pathway

To earn the Health Policy Certificate, you must take four courses, complete two experiential learning activities, and create a public-facing e-portfolio that details your health policy work and scholarship. 



The Health Policy Certificate is open to second semester first-year students, sophomores, and first-semester juniors, regardless of field of study. Students should apply when they feel ready to pursue such an interdisciplinary track of study.

The only requirement is a genuine interest in the field of health policy. Applying early to the Certificate program benefits students by giving them a longer period to complete the requirements and access the experiential learning opportunities.


Application Timelines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Certificate Requirements, Application & FAQs

For More Information

If you have questions or would like more information, please fill out and submit the Student Interest Form.

Beth Gifford

Elizabeth Joanne Gifford, PhD

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

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Tiffany Chan, MS

Senior Program Coordinator for Education Programs