Education and Workforce Development

With major changes occurring in both health care and biomedical innovation, the skills required to succeed and thrive as a health care provider, industry leader, or policy maker must change as well. 

Clinicians, scientists, and product developers need to understand the operational and financial implications of new payment models and regulatory approaches, as well as how to drive effective change in the healthcare landscape. In a complex regulated environment where multiple individuals and organizations are responsible for delivering quality care, new skills and collaborations must be established to drive needed policy changes.

Our Approach

Duke-Margolis will implement a three-pronged approach for Duke’s leadership in education and competency development related to transforming health care and biomedical innovation at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing and executive education levels.

Undergraduate students

For undergraduates, the Center will focus on increasing opportunities to gain exposure to the field of health policy through collaborative curricular pathways and expanded mentored research opportunities for undergraduates interested in health policy. As a first step, we have arranged for additional sections of PUBPOL 165 (Introduction to the United States Healthcare System) to be offered in the coming school year, thereby expanding the academic gateway for undergraduates with an interest in exploring health policy. Duke-Margolis also proposed and gained funding for a Duke University Bass Connections course focused on NC Medicaid reform, including faculty from Law, Policy, Nursing, and members of the Duke-Margolis research staff in Washington, DC.

Graduate and Professional Students

Graduate and Professional education is a linchpin for the development of future policy-aware professionals. As a university-wide enterprise designed to attract and mentor PhD and medical students doing health policy research, Duke-Margolis is collaborating closely with the Sanford School of Public Policy, the School of Medicine, and the new Center for Population Health Sciences on curricular innovations and opportunities to expand health policy course offerings for graduate and professional students.  Through these partnerships and those with other universities, Duke-Margolis intends to provide health policy course offerings and research opportunities, as well as exploration of collaborative policy-focused postdoctoral fellowships. Key initiatives include:

Continuing and Executive Education

The Center is developing executive education offerings, such as working with associations and private industry to create a network of midlevel executives engaged in ongoing education in health policy and corporate leadership, including participation in a year-long collaborative research project. Duke-Margolis faculty are working with colleagues to add health policy modules to ongoing continuing education efforts. Over our first year, we will refine and gain continuous feedback on executive education curricula and evaluate the scalability of custom executive education partnerships into more general offerings.

Future Directions

In the future, Duke-Margolis will also:

  • Collaborate on faculty recruitment to help fill curricular gaps in health policy
  • Strive to make the Center a university-wide asset to help in the recruitment and mentoring of masters-level, PhD, and MD students doing health policy research
  • Build on current projects to expand executive education offerings
  • Continue to develop undergraduate course-based and experiential learning opportunities

Our Projects

Bass Connections:  NC Medicaid Reform

Collaboration:  Duke Clinical Leadership Program