Duke Clinical Informatics Academics

MMCi Program classroomMMCi Program Objectives

  • Use information technology to drive innovation in the business of healthcare.
  • Use healthcare data and technology to drive cost, quality and performance of providers, payers, and regulators.
  • Develop a deep understanding of health informatics terms, standards, and policies.
  • Develop fundamental business insights and frameworks applied to organizational problems in healthcare.
  • Enhance career opportunities with fundamental insights into emerging opportunities in the health sector.
  • Assist in building a network of national and global contacts.

Clinical Informatics Program Format

  • The Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi) is a full-time, 12-month program offered in a weekend format to accommodate working professionals.
  • A new class matriculates every August, with graduation the following August.
  • Students in an entering class take each course together at the same time and complete the program as a group. There are no part-time options.
  • Classes meet on site every other Friday and Saturday for 12 months.
    • The 12-month period is divided into four (4) academic terms that run 12 weeks each.
    • During each term, classes meet on six (6) weekends. Students take 3 courses per term plus an Ethics seminar. 
    • Classes run full days, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on both Friday and Saturday.
    • An exam period follows the end of each term. Students take exams online and do not have to return to campus.
  • As a requirement of the program, students must complete a practicum within or outside of the Duke system to give them direct exposure to the healthcare system.

Student Study Teams

  • Students are assigned to small study teams (4 to 5 people) to complete course assignments. The composition of the teams ensures that students are exposed to a diversity of perspectives and experiences.
  • Study teams and peer-to-peer interaction are a major component of the program. On class weekends, study teams work face to face. During the period between class weekends, study teams use teleconferencing and other technologies to facilitate team work.

Career Development

  • The MMCi program provides career services tailored to students’ goals and interests.
  • A career coach dedicated to MMCi students delivers seminars and hosts industry speakers and networking opportunities Thursday evenings prior to class weekends. The coach is also available during lunches on class Fridays and by appointment.
  • Students who do not work full time may pursue non-paid projects to gain health informatics experience.

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