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    The Center for Health Disparities Research at the Medical University of South Carolina is focused on eliminating racial/ethnic, socioeconomic and rural/urban disparities in health.

  • We're striving for a healthier future...

    through excellence in all phases of our work and continually improving our programs and practices based on new knowledge.

  • We focus on translating research...

    to communities through development of health interventions that are effective and practical in the real world.


The Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR) was established at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 2005 and has emerged as one of the leading centers of its kind. CHDR focuses on research, training and outreach surrounding racial/ethnic, socioeconomic and rural/urban disparities in health.

CHDR is based in Charleston, South Carolina. Our state’s landscape has many rural communities where chronic health problems are compounded by poor access to medical care. The state’s rate for diabetes is one of the highest in the country, and our citizens face many other challenges due to heart disease, stroke, cancer and mental illness. Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health, seen throughout the US and the world, are also visible in Charleston, providing our team with many ways of understanding the factors that perpetuate health care disparities.

Our research team works to develop effective ways to eliminate disparities related to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic, and rural/urban disparities and improve care for everyone. CHDR also offers a number of training opportunities to grow the next generation of disparities researchers and does outreach to educate the community on finding solutions to health problems we all face.

CHDR’s work is coordinated with efforts by the Charleston VA Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC), one of 19 VA Centers of Innovation (COIN).  Dr. Leonard Egede serves as director of both CHDR and HEROIC. The synergy strengthens both initiatives as we seek to understand and eliminate health disparities and inequities through research, training and outreach.

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Rutledge Tower
135 Rutledge Ave., Room 280
Charleston, SC 29425-5930
Phone: 843-792-0906
Fax: 843-876-1201