Population Health

While the ability to sequence genomes has given us the promise of personalized medicine, the availability of massive amounts of data at a population level is also changing the landscape of medicine.

The Duke CTSA provides support for several programs that aim to improve health by closely studying the health and health outcomes of large segments of the population. These include:

  • The Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement is a multidisciplinary center that fosters collaboration among community partners, researchers, and health system leaders. The center's goal is to better understand how to sustain improvements in community and population health over the long term.
  • The Duke Community Connections and Collaborations Core (C4) promotes community engaged research by building capacity, facilitating connections, and fostering authentic communication between academic and community partners to improve the health and healthcare of the community. 
  • The Translational Population Health Research Group, which houses the MURDOCK Study, a community registry and biorepository of over 12,000 volunteer participants. The registry aids Duke researchers and their partners in understanding the diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately the prevention of diseases.|
  • The Southeastern Diabetes Initiative (SEDI) integrates academic, health system, and community entities to diagnosis, disease management, and outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes.
  • The Durham Diabetes Coalition (DDC) is a partnership of health providers, local government and universities, faith-based groups, and community organizations working together to improve the diagnosis and care of people with type 2 diabetes in Durham County.

Because of the DCRI’s expertise in managing large datasets, Duke has also been tapped to manage national projects such as the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (PCORNet) and the NIH Collaboratory. These programs are forging a new way forward for collecting, standardizing, and sharing data to improve research efficiency.


Dunham, Ashley
Managing Director, Department of Population Health Sciences