Duke Summer Doctoral Academy

Together Duke is pleased to announce the creation of the Duke Summer Doctoral Academy, a two-week program of short courses designed to introduce doctoral students to skills, tools, and knowledge that augment their regular coursework and help them prepare for dissertation research, innovative teaching, leadership, and/or public engagement. All Course Offerings Learn More & How to Apply

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Courses in the Duke Summer Doctoral Academy will cover topics that are not typically included in a doctoral curriculum and will be led by Duke professors as well as working professionals. There are 25 courses offered this year on a broad range of subjects, including How To Build An App, How To Conduct Oral History Interviews, How To Work More Effectively In Teams, and How To Communicate Science More Effectively.

The Summer Academy welcomes all Duke doctoral students, in all of Duke’s schools, at any stage of their doctoral studies. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses and all are offered at no charge. All we ask is that you come to each class having prepared in advance and being ready to engage.


Programming Authored Through Science & Society

Science Communication
Mornings, May 29 – June 2

This course seeks to help scientists improve their ability to be effective communicators about science to a non-scientific audience. We will consider communications in written, oral, visual and social media channels. Topics covered include development of speaking, writing, and storytelling practices for diverse audiences; answering difficult, controversial, and critical questions; and tweeting, blogging, and presenting research to funders and policymakers.


Intro to Health Care Policy
Mornings, May 21 – 25

This course will introduce students to the rudiments of the economics of healthcare and to health policy. Students will be introduced to the core policy instruments and political debates that both underlie the US health sector and have occupied many recent political debates.


Science Policy
Mornings, May 21 – 25

Our goal is to help students understand both the process of policy making as well as the skills needed to communicate scientific knowledge to inform that process. Topic include: communicating science in an approachable and understandable manner; how to write policy briefs and memorandums, editorials, and commentaries; and understanding mechanisms of science policy governance, including regulations, statutes, executive actions and judicial decisions, how they interact, the roles of the federal and state governments in science policy and how to read and analyze such policies.

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