About the Department

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health 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 the understanding of health and illness in the family, workplace, and community;
  • develop and evaluate collaborative interventions that improve health and prevent disease; and
  • 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 strategies to improve the health of people in their communities. Today, the department is a diverse collection of clinical, educational, and research programs that seek ways to improve population health and health care delivery.

Our Values

  • Wellness and Compassion
  • Respect and Integrity
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Community and Collaboration
  • Service and Learning
  • Enthusiasm and Curiosity
  • Equity and Justice
  • Joy and Honesty

By the Numbers

  • 34 MD faculty
  • 3 DO faculty
  • 14 PA-C faculty
  • 12 PhD faculty
  • 2 MD, PhD faculty
  • 16 Emeriti faculty
  • 298 Community faculty appointments
  • 157 Staff
  • 19 Residents
  • 48 Fellows
  • 179 PA students
  • 130 Second-year family medicine clerkship MD students

Education & Training

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health develops and delivers innovative education programs for a wide range of medical professionals and health sciences learners. Programs include the No. 1-ranked Duke Physician Assistant Program, residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine, a sports medicine fellowship in partnership with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, plus family medicine clinical rotations and community health electives for medical students. The department also offers a fellowship for advanced practice nurses, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, and a Primary Care Transformation Fellowship for physicians and PAs. A robust selection of CME opportunities is also offered, including monthly faculty development sessions, Grand Rounds talks from Duke colleagues and visiting professors, and a summer teaching series in Hilton Head, SC. The department is also home to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership and a Certificate in Health Care Transformation.

Patient Care & Community Health

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health provides a wide range of primary care, preventive, and care management services to individuals, families, and communities in the Durham, NC, area. Two family medicine clinics offer comprehensive, coordinated primary care to patients of all ages — from prenatal care to geriatrics — and a wide variety of procedural services. The department also operates community- and school-based clinics and wellness centers, as well as occupational health clinics and wellness programs for Duke University’s employees and employees of contracted companies in the area. Department clinicians also care for Duke’s student population at Duke Student Health.

Consultations & Collaborations

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health offers a wide range of occupational health consultation services to Duke University and Duke University Medical Center, as well as local and regional industries. Services include:

  • Occupational health program development and medical surveillance for working populations exposed to hazardous working conditions.
  • Ergonomics work site evaluations, risk assessments, facility design, and professional training courses that focus on office ergonomics, supervisor and manager training, manual materials handling, and reducing injuries in the health care environment.
  • Occupational mental health programs such as executive leadership, performance, and interpersonal communication coaching; corporate and health care presentations and workshops; and retreat facilitation.
  • Toxicology program providing toxicological assessments of consumer and commercial products necessary to comply with federal and state laws concerning labeling and working hazard communication.
  • Work ability/disability assessments.

Research & Scholarship

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s diverse group of full-time researchers, clinical and non-clinical faculty, and learners are actively engaged with clinical, community, and population health research programs. 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, and global health. The department is also home to a team of groundbreaking PA researchers who focus on health services, health policy, and workforce development research. Scholarly activity in the department includes developing or contributing to textbooks; publishing clinical and educational review articles;  presenting educational, clinical, and population health topics at national and international meetings; and active participation in many health policy groups.