Duke Health Disparities Research Curriculum (HDRC)

2021-2022 Applications

Applications for the new HRDC cycle will open on May 1, 2021.

Deadline: July 26, 2021

View the 2021-2022 RFA 

HDRC uses the MyResearchProposal online application software.

You must be affiliated with Duke University to participate in this course. Acceptance to the HDRC program will be determined by the course directors based on capacity and the applicant's rationale for taking the course.

Racial and ethnic minorities experience higher rates of disease, disability, and death than their white counterparts. Research to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health is a national priority.

We have developed a curriculum to raise awareness about health disparities research among junior investigators and to teach the skills required to incorporate principles of disparities research into their particular areas of research focus. Although this curriculum focuses primarily on racial and ethnic disparities, the principles, methods, and examples will be broadly applicable to other disparities (e.g., gender).

The Duke Health Disparities Research Curriculum (HDRC) is designed to increase knowledge and skill of participants in the evaluation, design, and conduct of health disparities research. The curriculum consists of monthly sessions which combine didactics and student activities addressing: 

  • Nomenclature and framework for approaching research involving health disparities
  • Contributors to health disparities
  • Role of implicit bias in disparities research
  • Health disparities research methods across the translational spectrum
  • Conduct of health disparities research focused on the clinical encounter
  • Funding sources and strategies for disparities research

Please note that this curriculum is not designed to teach basic research design, and participants should have some foundational knowledge on the general principles and issues in research design.

The Health Disparities Research Curriculum is led by senior faculty (Laura Svetkey, Kimberly Johnson, Kevin Thomas). Sessions are led by Duke faculty with expertise in health disparities research.

Our next program will begin in September 2021 and continue to meet every three weeks on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. through June 2022. 

Note: The 2021-2022 curriculum will be virtual.

Interested individuals should plan to participate in at least 75% of the scheduled activities. Currently, there are no costs associated with this course.

Previous Health Disparities Research Curriculum Topics & Leaders

Questions?  Please contact Stephanie Molner.