Duke Clinical Informatics Course Catalog

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  • The Duke MMCi curriculum is made up of 12 required courses, including a practicum.
  • Each course represents three (3) credits, for a total of 36 credits.
  • Each course requires 27 contact or teaching hours met through the weekend schedule.
  • All students are required to complete a non-credit ethics seminar that meets four times throughout the year.
  • There are no elective courses, and no exemptions or substitutions are permitted.

Business Courses

Principles of Strategy – 557CI
This course explores business opportunities in dynamic competitive environments to develop the skills necessary to become an effective strategy analyst. You will explore the complexity of analyzing competition and assessing strategy in an era of globalization and increasing uncertainty.

Foundations of Corporate Finance – 525CI
This course examines important issues in corporate finance from the perspective of financial managers. The concept of net present value, suitably adapted to account for taxes, uncertainty, and strategic concerns is used to analyze how investment and financing decisions interact to affect the value of a firm.

Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Analysis – 517CI
Explore the use of decision models to understand different business scenarios in order to make sound business decisions. The course introduces several commonly used modeling tools (decision trees, Monte Carlo simulation, and optimization) and the art of modeling in a Microsoft Excel environment.

Introduction to Marketing Analysis – 550CI
This course introduces the principles, processes, and tools necessary to analyze markets, including customers, competitors, and companies (the 3 Cs) and to design optimal marketing programs via strategies for pricing, promotion, place, and product (the 4 P’s).

Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management – 554CI
Learn the basic facts and principles comprising the processes and activities involved with product delivery – from the extraction of raw materials, through transportation and processing, to the delivery of finished products to the customer.

Principles of Cost and Managerial Accounting – 511CI
This course focuses on the design of management accounting systems for analyzing costs in the context of a firm’s business model, as well as the use of managerial accounting data in planning and controlling operations.

Foundations of Management and Organizations – 544CI
Using information strategically to transform the delivery of care requires an understanding of the relationship between organizational design and processes. Explore how technology can be a catalyst for organizational change and transformation.

Clinical Informatics Courses

Clinical Informatics Strategy – 539CI
Health IT (HIT) solutions have been promoted as a means to reduce the cost and increase the quality of health care delivery in the US and globally. The question we try to assess in this course is how we can deploy health informatics technology to achieve its promise. This question is addressed from a strategic rather than technical perspective. You will develop exploratory frameworks to help analyze potential for impact of IT implementation efforts: scale economics, network economics, and organizational innovation. You will also assess the adoption of technology within existing organizations as well as barriers to adoption. Additionally, you will explore the development of killer apps — how are health IT firms financed and what are successful business models and concepts. Overall, you will grasp the potential for the technology to achieve the cost and quality goals that have been proposed, and the barriers to achieving this success. (27 CME credits for physicians)

Health IT Business Solutions – 537CI
Healthcare is highly regulated and associated with special needs and risks not present in other sectors. The health information system industry echoes this specialization. This course provides an overview of principles and concepts of information technology with a focus on healthcare systems used in the healthcare setting and the industry seeking to serve these uses. You will identify the critical needs of the current health information systems including vendor and healthcare organization perspectives. The course includes an examination of electronic health records, current and emerging use of clinical information systems and applications in clinical health information systems, technologies that support health care information systems, and system design, implementation, maintenance and overview and their impact on organizational resources and efficiency.  (27 CME credits for physicians)

Data, Information and Knowledge Representation – 538CI
This course addresses different strategies for representing data, information and knowledge including description logic, information models, data elements, terminologies and ontologies. Emphasis is placed on the data, information, and knowledge framework for solving problems in health informatics. Declarative and procedural knowledge acquisition, modeling, representation and use will be explored. (27 CME credits for physicians)

Managerial Analysis – 540CI
Organizational decisions, including accreditation, quality management, and reimbursement would be improved by relevant, timely, accurate, and complete analyses of available data for decision support. This course is designed to introduce theoretical knowledge and practical skills to evaluate and conduct analysis for secondary data available in health care settings. Using epidemiology methods as a framework, you will learn how one can evaluate or conduct secondary data analysis. You will recognize the principles of epidemiology methods applicable to health services and outcome analyses, and understand the terminology and methods for research using secondary data. Threats to validity including selection bias, confounding, information bias, and methods for their control will be discussed in a variety of settings emphasizing practical considerations.

Clinical Informatics Practicum – 541CI
Through a team-based project approach, this capstone course applies the core concepts of the clinical informatics and management courses to a “real world” situation at Duke Health Technology Solutions or in a similar clinical environment. You will explore the relationship between organizational strategy, implementation, and technical applications of health informatics. The practicum usually entails joining an ongoing real-world health IT project and project team, and requires a written, publication quality report of the practicum and related results.

Ethics Seminar

Clinical Informatics Ethics Seminar – 533CI
Each term, a case-based ethics seminar addresses ethical issues in health information technology. Topics may include the sale of prescription drug information; ownership of personal health records; data security breaches and organizational responses, and health literacy and access to electronic medical records.

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