Duke Health Disparities Research Curriculum (HDRC)

2020-2021 Applications

Applications for the new HRDC cycle will open on June 15, 2020.

Deadline: August 17, 2020

View the 2020-2021 RFA 

HDRC uses the MyResearchProposal online application software.

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 2020 and continue to meet every three weeks on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. through June 2021. 

Note: The 2020-2021 curriculum may be delivered remotely or in person, depending on Duke University guidelines for safety during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

Previous Health Disparities Research Curriculum Topics & Leaders

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

Questions?  Please contact Stephanie Molner.