Undergraduate Health Policy Certificate Launched by Duke-Margolis Center and Sanford School

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Undergraduate Health Policy Certificate Launched by Duke-Margolis Center and Sanford School


August 22, 2022
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Visit the Undergraduate Health Policy Certificate Webpage for more information and to apply.

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. Starting in the Fall 2022 semester, Duke undergraduates will have the opportunity to study health policy in a powerful and structured way that results in a Duke Undergraduate Health Policy Certificate. 
The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the Sanford School of Public Policy will educate students jointly 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.
“Duke is uniquely positioned to educate students in health policy, with our medical school, nursing school, other health and professional programs, a huge health system together with the University’s multiple majors and training programs. It’s a wonderful place for cross disciplinary research and education,” said Nathan Boucher, Faculty Director for the Health Policy Certificate, Associate Professor at Sanford, Core Faculty member at Duke-Margolis, associate professor at Duke School of Medicine. ”The health policy certificate is a great opportunity to bring all those resources together for students, along with mentorship, classroom learning, and guided field work to be able to learn about health policy and use those skills across a variety of sectors after their education here at Duke.”

The certificate requirements includes completion of four health policy courses and two health policy-related experiential learning activities, and creating a public-facing e-portfolio the students’ health policy work and scholarship. Second-semester first-year students, sophomores, and first-semester juniors, regardless of field of study, are welcome to apply. 

Duke increased its focus on health policy by establishing Duke-Margolis in 2016, which has resulted in more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students now engaging in health policy annually. Many of of the undergraduates are active participants in the Student Collaborative on Health Policy (SCOHP), an affinity group that championed the Health Policy Certificate strongly, including developing the initial proposal for it.

“Many undergraduate students previously wouldn’t have the opportunity to focus on health policy,” notes Boucher. “With the health policy certificate, we’re hoping that this interdisciplinary training will allow students to function a broad, interdisciplinary team, during and after their Duke experience, to be the next generation of leaders to solve leading health care challenges. That’s big.” 

Duke-Margolis and Sanford have worked together, along with Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, Duke Medical School, Duke School of Nursing, Duke School of Law, Duke’s Global Health Innovations Center, and many other units within the University to build a truly interdisciplinary approach to health policy.

“The most important imprint we can make on a future, more affordable, more equity health care system is to prepare new health policy leaders who are committed to value in health care that truly improves patient’s lives,” said Robert J. Margolis, MD’71 and founder of Duke-Margolis. 

Read the feature article on Duke Today