The Department of Community and Family Medicine in the Duke University School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the health of people in their communities. The department supports this mission by working with communities to improve understanding of health and illness in the family, workplace, and community; to develop and evaluate collaborative interventions that improve health and prevent disease; and to implement educational programs for a wide variety of medical professionals.
Established in 1966 as the Department of Community Health Sciences, the department took an early leadership role in developing programs to improve the health of communities. Today, the department is a diverse collection of educational, research, and clinical programs that are still united in seeking ways to improve the health of our communities.
The department is composed of four interdependent divisions:
The Division of Community Health has designed, developed, and currently operates more than 45 collaborative, community-based clinical, care management, education, and research initiatives across six North Carolina counties. The division works with dozens of community partners to increase quality and access to health care and services for the most vulnerable members of the community.
The Division of Family Medicine is dedicated to improving the health of populations and communities in the greater Durham area. The division encompasses the Duke Family Medicine Center, the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program, which is ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, family medicine student programs, and the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship.
For over 30 years, the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has provided leadership in developing programs to improve the health of working populations. The division has a diverse faculty and one of the most comprehensive programs in the country.
The Duke Physician Assistant Program’s mission is to educate caring and competent primary care physician assistants who practice evidence-based medicine, are leaders in the profession, dedicated to their communities, culturally sensitive, and devoted to positive transformation of the health care system. The program is continuously ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report.