Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does it take to complete the program?

Students can typically complete the health analytics master’s degree program within 19 months, taking three to four courses per term. Visit our curriculum page for more information about the courses offered in each term.

Can the program be completed part-time?

This program is offered part-time, with students taking three to four courses in a term. We recommend that students dedicate 15-20 hours of time to their coursework each week.

Can I apply to the program without a quantitative background?

Yes. We review applicants who don’t have STEM backgrounds on a case-by-case basis. Visit our admission requirements page for more information or call one of our admissions counselors at +1 919.745.8877 to discuss how you may be a good fit for the program.

How does this program compare to a health informatics program?

Simply put, the MSQM: Health Analytics program picks up where informatics leaves off. The focus of this program is on deriving valuable insight from data and using data for decision making.

Health informatics programs typically offer coursework focused on the intersection of healthcare and information technology; our health analytics program is about analyzing healthcare data using latest quantitative techniques with a focus on deriving actionable insights. As a result, our curriculum provides a unique blend of health, business and analytics coursework.

What career opportunities are available to people with a health analytics background?

Health analytics is a dynamic and growing field, and the potential career opportunities will vary based on the rest of your background. Previous applicants have come into the program from a wide range of backgrounds and with different goals, including seasoned professionals and leaders who want to make analytics a more mature function within their businesses as well as healthcare employees who want to gain sophisticated analytics skills to advance within their organizations.

Visit our health analytics careers page for more information.

What does the program do to keep students connected with Fuqua and Duke despite being an online program?

We pride ourselves on offering a high-touch online learning environment. This is achieved by facilitating authentic interactions between peers, focusing on collaboration and strategically structuring collaborative groups to ensure that you gain exposure to a wide range of perspectives and from many different backgrounds.

Our IT support team members gain access to the courses and follow progress along with you. They get to know our students by name, and they’re familiar with the individual technology challenges that you might face.

In addition to the support you gain as a student, we commit to supporting your long-term career and education goals. For example, we offer a range of career services to students and alumni to ensure they are in the best position to succeed and that they have opportunities to translate their personal values into rewarding careers.

Can online students come to campus?

Yes, online students are members of the Duke community. In addition, the online MSQM: Health Analytics program includes two on-campus experiences. There is an initial, 2.5-day orientation residency at the start, and an optional leadership residency offered after Term 2. Online students are also expected to attend graduation upon completing the program.

Note: Orientation will be held online. When it is safe to travel, in-person team building activities will resume.

What is the FAFSA school code?

The FAFSA school code is 002920.

What scholarship and other financial aid options are available?

In addition to FAFSA and other federal aid, the Fuqua School of Business considers merit-based scholarships for all applicants. When considered for merit scholarships, we consider factors such as academic achievement, professional background, community involvement and more.

Many employers also provide full or partial financial sponsorship. We recommend that applicants begin talking to their employers as soon as possible. For additional information about employer support and other financial aid options, please read more about financing your degree.

Many applicants also leverage loans to help fund their education. For more information about financial aid, please see our Fuqua Financial Aid Guide Book (Policies & Procedures).

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