General Internal Medicine Division research, conducted at the highest scientific standards, targets research areas such as health care disparities, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, access to care of underserved populations, aging and geriatric care, professional education, and medical informatics. Clinical and health services research is conducted in collaboration with faculty of the Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, SC College of Pharmacy, College of Health Professions, and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.
Center for Health Disparities Research
The Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR) brings together core faculty from several MUSC Colleges to develop clinical research infrastructure and enhance MUSC competitiveness in obtaining extramural research support in health disparities research. The Center emphasizes collaborative research to build bridges across colleges on campus and across institutions within the state of South Carolina.
Research within the Center focuses on three main areas including:
- Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of chronic diseases in diverse populations
- Interventions at the patient, provider, and health systems levels to reduce or eliminate racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic differences in quality of care and health outcomes
- Novel interventions to improve health care delivery and health outcomes for rural dwelling residents.
Section of Health Systems Research & Policy
The Section of Health Systems Research & Policy performs collaborative health systems research and quality improvement initiatives to ensure efficient and effective delivery of high quality, clinically appropriate prevention and care strategies to optimize population health and well-being. The Section’s areas of expertise include predictive analytics and modeling, outcomes assessment, process engineering and informatics, and technology assessment (e.g., Telemedicine, Bluetooth).