Duke Community & Family Medicine diverse group of full-time researchers, as well as clinical faculty, are actively engaged in a wide variety of disciplines with research encompassing a broad collection of clinical, community and population health research programs, drawing on an eclectic set of analytical methods and tools.

Current research foci include:

  • chronic disease epidemiological studies across the life course
  • community-based interventions to combat social and environmental risk factors for chronic disease
  • occupational epidemiology
  • health services research, especially relating to the role of physician assistants and family physicians
  • global health

Department researchers collaborate extensively with community partners and clinicians across the Duke University School of Medicine, Duke’s three campuses (Durham, Singapore and Kunshan), and beyond.

The research is supported by:


myRESEARCHhome is a portal for the Duke Research Community. Funded by the Duke CTSA, it provides all your relevant applications and information in one place and connects you to the myRESEARCHnavigators for assistance. MRH is your gateway to all things research at Duke. Need help finding a resource? Call a myRESEARCHnavigator: 919-684-2243, option 4.

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Department Funding

The CFM Departmental Small Grants Program provides support for faculty research and scholarly projects. It is anticipated that most applications will be for the purpose of funding new small projects or pilot projects. Learn more about the small grants program.

Institutional Funding

As a service for all researchers at Duke University and the School of Medicine, Duke’s Office of Research Support Funding site provides an extensive database of funding opportunities of interest to the Duke community. The list is searchable by discipline, eligibility, sponsor, etc. https://researchfunding.duke.edu/

Job Opportunities

The Department of Community and Family Medicine's Research Unit is seeking applicants for a staff position to support research faculty and initiatives. Visit the Careers page for more information.