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Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences Program

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The mission of the MBS program is to educate and mentor a diverse group of individuals in an interprofessional and collaborative environment so they can transform future health professions and biomedical science environments. MBS works to nurture a diverse group of future health and biomedical science professionals who have curiosity, joy, and an immense passion for learning; and will infuse the care of patients, the learning environment, and their communities with professionalism, respect, and collegiality, all while proactively attending to their own well-being. MBS values include diversity and inclusion, excellence, integrity, self-awareness, service, well-being, collaboration, conscientiousness, teamwork, and innovation. 


  • 38 credit hours of Courses (largely team-based learning)
  • Weekly small group seminar with 2 different health professions faculty co-facilitators
  • Training, certification, and practice as EMT in 4 clinical settings 
  • Workshops to address issues such as understanding self, team dynamics, imposter syndrome 
  • Academic support with a learning specialist
  • Advising from dedicated advising and advisor team
  • Scholar’s project
  • Selectives including clinical, basic, and community-engaged research
  • Menu of enrichment (career boot camp with skills and interviewing practice)
  • Critical appraisal of medical literature

The program lasts 10.5 months and occurs annually.

ELIGIBILITY. This program is for…

  • Graduate Students 

Recognizing the benefits of diversity to all of our students and the importance of a diverse health professions workforce, the program encourages applications from individuals who identify as belonging to any of the following groups:

  • Communities that are historically underrepresented in STEM, biomedical sciences, or medical fields
  • All genders
  • First-generation to college in their family Historically or socioeconomically disadvantaged
  • Rural born
  • Individuals for whom English is a second language
  • Immigrants
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic, Latino/a, or of Spanish origin
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Native Alaskan or Native American

For questions, contact Christie T. McCray, Program Manager (christie.mccray@duke.edu). 


The Duke Master of Biomedical Sciences program was approved by the Duke Board of Trustees on Dec 6, 2015. The first class started in June 2015 and graduated in May 2016. The program is housed within Duke University School of Medicine and is currently funded by tuition with some scholarship support available. 

The Duke MBS Program has received support from BIGGER and holds a Fullerton foundation grant to support linkages to two medical schools.

For questions about funding and other forms of support for this program, contact:

  • Kathryn Andolsek, MD, MPH (Kathryn.andolsek@duke.edu
  • The executive team includes Leonard White, PhD,  Anthony Fuller, MD, MSGH,  Leonor Corsino, MD, MCI, Judith Holder, PhD, Alexa Namba, DO, and Maureen Cullins, AM.  Christie T. McCray, MSEd, is Program Manager.