Duke University: Master of Management in Clinical Informatics Program

To meet the demand for informaticists and IT-conversant health professionals, The Fuqua School of Business, in partnership with the new Duke Center for Health Informatics, has recently announced the Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi).

Enrollment for this new program begins August 2010; the first class will graduate in May 2011.

The one-year Management in Clinical Informatics program is the only interdisciplinary management program of its kind in the United States – leveraging Duke’s world-renowned track record in medicine, business and health informatics. 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 and patient care and help improve human health.

According to Randy Sears, Assistant Director, Masters of Management in Clinical Informatics, the objectives of this exciting new program are straightforward.

The Master of Management in Clinical Informatics is a one-year residency program designed to:

  • Train informaticians and health professionals to thoughtfully apply technology in order to improve the performance of providers, payers and regulators; to enhance patient care; and to promote the translation of scientific discovery into clinical practice.
  • Provide insight into the interaction and interdependencies of informatics, advanced analytics, process improvement methodology, and business management principles. 
  • Hone functional skills and the ability to think strategically in a global business environment, allowing the immediate application of new-won knowledge and skills.
  • Enhance opportunities for professional roles in a variety of health arenas, from payer and health systems to biomedical research and development.
  • Assist in building a network of national and global contacts.

If you’re serious about your Informatics career and can dedicate the time and resources necessary to complete a two-semester resident program, you owe it to yourself to take a look a Duke.

About the author


Gwen Darling

Gwen Darling is a Search Executive specializing in Healthcare IT, the Founder of Healthcare IT Central (the leading online Career Center for Healthcare IT job seekers and employers), and the Former Editor/Founder of Healthcare IT Today. Gwen also is a featured blogger for Healthcare Informatics magazine.


  • Gwen:

    This is a very smart move by Duke. I can only assume that other schools will soon follow. The demand for talent has never been stronger in HCIT and the candidate pool is somewhat limited in many facets of the business.
    Great stuff!

  • Fantastic!

    Duke University has long been transforming the lives of students through the number of innovative programs and with this new Clinical Informatics program, they take a giant stride towards becoming the first and only university with such a curricular program. I am working in the Healthcare Technology industry and I can totally see how well received this program is gonna be…. Bravo!

  • It is indeed a timely offering. I am very interested but I hope that Duke offers an online version of this to appeal to a world wide audience of professionals that may not be able to attend the program on site in Durham.

  • Agree with James’ comment – interested but would like an online version with limited requirements to be onsite during the program.

  • Here at Fuqua, we hear daily from Healthcare IT professionals that see the value this type of program could have on their careers. Also, like most of the previous comments, we see the demand for a part time/ on-line format for delivery. With a successful history of Executive Education for MBA degrees and Health Sector Management certificates, we are evaluating an Executive version of the MMCi degree which I think will be announced later this year. We want to not only deliver the program content, we also want to ensure students of the program benefit from the collective experience of their peers. In turn, we are evaluating delivery options. Keep the comments coming, we’re listening.

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