Duke Health Disparities Research Curriculum (HDRC)

2019-2020 Applications

Applications for the new HRDC cycle are open as of May 16, 2019.

Deadline: August 16, 2019

View the 2019-2020 RFA 

To apply, go to MyResearchProposal and log in (or create a new account). 

Once you have logged in, click "apply" and enter CTSI as the Access Code.

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

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 2019 and continue to meet every three weeks on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. through June 2020. 

Interested individuals should plan to participate in at least 75% of the scheduled activities. Completion of the program will result in a Certificate of Participation which can be included on your CV in the section describing your research training.

Completion of this program will result in a Certificate of Participation, which can be included on your CV in the section describing your research training.

Previous Health Disparities Research Curriculum Topics & Leaders

Download the 2019-2020 HDRC Syllabus

Please note that HDRC participants will have the opportunity to present their research throughout the year.

Questions?  Please contact Stephanie Molner.  


In support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education & Professional Development is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) to provide continuing education for the health care team.