Enabling Precision Health and Medicine (2020-2021)


Sleep is a major concern for college students. Seventy percent of students report inadequate sleep, which can lead to a range of adverse impacts on health and academic performance. However, recent advances in wearable technologies have made it possible to track various health markers so students can self-monitor their habits and work to begin and maintain healthy sleep behaviors.

WearDuke is a campus initiative that aims to promote such health awareness and engagement by helping Duke students establish healthy behaviors and enabling student-centered research and learning opportunities. Initially focusing on sleep behaviors and health, WearDuke is in its first pilot in a single first-year residence hall with the goal of expanding to the entire incoming first-year class in 2022-2023.

Project Description

Building on the work of the 2019-2020 team, this project team will develop and improve the infrastructure, analytical methods and intervention strategies for the WearDuke initiative in preparation for the program’s expansion.

Team members will review data and progress from WearDuke’s pilot studies to determine the most effective strategies for implementing the program on a much larger scale.

The team will also work to develop and improve a web/app-based platform to enable the collection of sleep and demographic data and improve the dissemination of educational content and activities to promote healthy behaviors. The team will be responsible for identifying and developing educational resources to promote knowledge of the benefits of adequate sleep, healthy eating and exercise, and work with other campus groups to fill in identified gaps in student support or activities.

Anticipated Outputs

Improvements to WearDuke website and mobile application; searchable catalog of campus activities/resources; improvements to WearDuke data collection and analysis protocols; publication featuring pilot data; literature review; grant submissions


Summer 2020 – Spring 2021

  • Summer 2020: Finalize recruitment/enrollment strategies for Fall 2020
  • Fall 2020: Begin weekly meetings and reading assignments; conduct literature review; identify project tasks and plan of actions; complete human subjects certification; complete IRB protocol
  • Spring 2021: Conduct focus groups with WearDuke students regarding overall experience; adjust protocols to inform changes for the class launch in Fall 2021; curate WearDuke content; further develop WearDuke digital technologies


Sarah Bond


WearDuke Infomercial Fall 2020

This Team in the News

Senior Spotlight: Reflections from the Class of 2021

Duke Innovates Together to Advance Health Care

See earlier related team, Enabling Precision Health and Medicine (2019-2020).


Image: Members of the 2018-2019 team display their Apple watches with the WearDuke app.


Team Leaders

  • Susanne Haga, Sanford School of Public Policy|School of Medicine-Population Health Sciences
  • Ryan Shaw, School of Nursing

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Sarah Bond, Public Policy Studies (AB), Global Health (AB2)
  • Shrey Majmudar, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Nathan Parikh, Biomedical Engineering (BSE), Computer Science (BS2)
  • Sabrina Pin, Computer Science (BS)
  • Christine Wang, Computer Science (BS), Psychology (BS2)
  • Lauren Willis, Biology (BS), Evolutionary Anthropology(BS2)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Geoffrey Ginsburg, School of Medicine-Medicine: Cardiology