As information technology (IT) becomes increasingly important to the delivery of quality health care and research, so does the expertise required to manage the numerous IT challenges facing health care organizations worldwide. To meet the demand for informaticians and IT-conversant health professionals, Duke University’s School of Medicine is offering the Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi) program.
The MMCi program leverages Duke’s world-renowned expertise in medicine, business, and health informatics. It seeks to prepare graduates for managerial and executive positions in health care such as: chief medical information officer, chief information officer, implementation manager, analyst, or management consultant. Graduates in these leadership roles operationalize, manage, and evaluate health IT in a variety of settings, including academia, government, and industry. Through access to the finest faculty and resources across health care, IT, and management education, students will acquire the knowledge and skills to merge technology with research and patient care and help improve human health.
One cohort is admitted each year in the late July timeframe. The program starts with a two day MMCi Boot Camp featuring a variety of industry speakers to build a broad view of the health care ecosystem. This 12 month program is divided into 4 quarters that run for the year, August to August. The program is formatted for working professionals with classes on-campus one Friday and Saturday per month, plus one other Saturday per month online live, plus some content delivered for individual student consumption. Each quarter runs 12 weeks with a short break between quarters. In each quarter students complete three courses plus one Ethics Seminar. Additionally, on Thursday evenings prior to most class weekends, Professional Development/ Career Services seminars are delivered online and on-campus. Seminars include select professional development topics as well as themed panels.
MMCi alumni, students, and applicants represent diverse educational, professional and cultural backgrounds. While two-thirds of applicants have science or technology backgrounds, others have education and/or work experience in public health, public policy, business, and economics.
Approximately 40% of MMCi students have clinical experience. Professional experiences also include IT, business development, health administration, clinical trial management, consulting, and other business functions. International students add to the diversity of perspective in the MMCi program. Like domestic students, International students also come from a wide variety of IT, Medicine, and business backgrounds.
A key learning component of the MMCi experience is the study team, which is created to draw upon the diversity of experience and perspective within the class. A typical study team might include an IT professional, a clinician, an International student, someone with 20+ years of work experience and someone who has just a few years work experience. On a study team, each student brings a different perspective and has something unique to contribute, allowing a study team to see and learn about problems and solutions through other points of view.
Typical Class Demographics:
• Class Size: 25-35
• Average Age: 36
• Average Years of Work Experience: 13
• Students with Advanced Degrees: 60%
• Clinicians: 40%
The minimum requirements for admission to the MMCi program include:
• Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year accredited program
• Academic and graduate transcripts, as relevant
• Responses to essay questions to assess readiness and interest
• GMAT or GRE may be required. Applications will be considered without a GMAT or GRE
• Two letters of recommendation
• Interview with the program director by phone or in person
• Recommended: College-level statistics courses.