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Research & Education

Duke Health is optimally positioned to continue leading the way in creatively and effectively advancing biomedical research and educating the next generation of health care providers and researchers. Detailed descriptions of the full complement of research and education programs within Duke Health can be found by selecting the specific institutions and areas of interest in the column to the left.


Basic and clinical research are the engines that drive advances and innovation in medical care, health promotion and policy, and improved outcomes. The following are a few examples of Duke’s leading research capabilities.

  • The Duke University School of Medicine includes more than 2,100 basic and clinical researchers and clinician faculty members. Their research has resulted in some of the world's most significant medical and biological discoveries as well as innovative new treatments for a wide range of human diseases. The Duke Office of Clinical Research within the School of Medicine provides services to support principal investigators, study coordinators and members of the Clinical Research Units where Duke serves as an investigational site for clinical research.

  • A part of the Duke University School of Medicine, the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) is the largest academic clinical research organization in the world. The DCRI has conducted studies at more than 37,000 sites in 65 countries, enrolled more than 1.2 million people into clinical trials and produced more than 10,000 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • The Duke University School of Nursing advances nursing science in issues of global importance and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. The school offers masters, PhD and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously graduated from college. Duke University School of Nursing received more than $4.8 million in research funding from the from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2015, making it 9th among nursing schools engaged in NIH-funded research.

  • The Duke-NUS Medical School was established in 2005 as Singapore's first US-style graduate-entry medical school. Based on Duke University School of Medicine's curriculum, graduates go on to play a critical role in transforming medicine and improving patient care. As of 2015, the Duke-NUS Medical School has received more than S$320 million in research funding, established more than 90 research collaborations and partnerships and has been granted four National Research Foundation Fellowships.

  • The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) works to reduce health disparities in our local community and worldwide. Recognizing that many global health problems stem from economic, social and environmental inequalities, DGHI brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems and train the next generation of global health leaders. In 2015, 124 students and scholars performed field work in 25 countries around the world, and 152 active externally funded grants were awarded to DGHI faculty for a total of $34 million.

  • The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute is focused on leveraging the vast research resources at Duke University and facilitating collaborations that provide or enhance the infrastructure, education and resources needed to take promising ideas from concept, through development and testing, and into patient care.



Duke Health educates hundreds of new physicians, nurses and other health professionals each year. Many of Duke’s schools and programs are regularly recognized as being among the nation’s very finest, including by U.S. News & World Report.

Some of Duke’s accomplishments in the field of medical education include:

  • The Duke University School of Nursing is ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for its 2018 Best Nursing School rankings, and in 2016 won the Best Nursing School for Men in Nursing award from the American Assembly for Men in Nursing.

  • The School of Nursing established the clinical nursing specialist program in 1958, the first master's program of its kind in the nation.

  • The Duke University School of Medicine, ranked #7 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, offers a unique curriculum for MD students that allows students to study the core basic sciences for one year instead of two, giving them the opportunity to devote their entire third year to a scholarly research project. Students care for patients during their second year, a full year earlier than their peers.

  • The School of Medicine established the nation’s first Physician Assistant Program in 1965, which is ranked #1 in the country.

  • The School of Medicine founded the Duke Medical Scientist Training Program, a joint degree program leading to both the MD and the PhD degrees, one of the first three in the nation.