2023-2024 Health Disparities Research Curriculum (HDRC)

September 7, 2023 to June 13, 2024

Racial and ethnic minorities experience higher rates of disease, disability, and death thantheir white counterparts. Research to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health is a national priority. The Health Disparities Research Curriculum (HDRC) was developed 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 HDRC is designed to increase knowledge and skill of participants in the evaluation, design, and conduct of health disparities research. The curriculum consists of 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 HDRC is led by senior faculty (Laura Svetkey, Kimberly Johnson, Kevin Thomas). Sessions are led by faculty with expertise in health disparities research.

Target Audience

Medical Students

Learning Objectives

The primary learning objective of the HDRC is to increase knowledge and skill ofparticipants in the evaluation, design, and conduct of health disparities research.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 23.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • 23.75 Attendance
Registration Opens: 
Registration Expires: 
Activity Starts: 
09/07/2023 - 3:15pm EDT
Activity Ends: 
06/13/2024 - 1:00pm EDT
Durham, NC
United States

Laura Svetkey

Kimberly Johnson

Kevin Thomas

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and Attendance

Available Credit

  • 23.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • 23.75 Attendance
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