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 and The Fuqua School of Business have partnered to offer 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.
Classes begin in August each year, meeting for four 12-week terms. During each term, classes meet on campus every other Friday and Saturday (a total of six week-ends per term) for the full day, with a short break between quarters. Students take three courses and an Ethics seminar each term. In addition, there are career seminars and industry networking events offered on Thursday evenings prior to class weekends.
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: 29
• Average Age: 32
• Average Years of Work Experience: 7
• Students with Advanced Degrees: 60%
• Clinicians: 40%
• Women: 38%
The minimum requirements for admission to the MMCi program include:
• Undergraduate 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 scores that are within five years of the test date
• GMAT or GRE may be waived for applicants holding advanced degrees
• Two letters of recommendation:
o One addressing work or educational experience and conveying ability to work at the level of a Master’s program
o One addressing interpersonal skills, values, or character
• Interview with the program director by phone or in person
• Recommended: College-level calculus and statistics courses, as well as computer skills