The Duke MBA
Health Informatics at Duke:
HSM Corporate Engagement
"The HSM program is a truly unique program that offers students a pragmatic view of the complex world of health care as well as connections to global thought leaders. Several CED member companies have found their best interns and employees from the program. The program does a great job of preparing students for the real world and engaging the community in providing a well rounded experience."
— Dhruv Patel CED, Senior Manager, Life Sciences Programs (Center for Entrepreneurial Development based in the Research Triangle Park)
HSM offers students opportunities to work on specific business projects with local, national, and global organizations. In line with the requirements of each organization, students conduct research and develop recommendations to a specific business challenge, gaining exposure to real-world health sector issues that complement their classroom experience. Companies also benefit from the perspective of students whose interests and qualifications align with their business needs, and from the opportunity to contribute toward training the next generation of health care leaders.
Example of a Successful Practicum
In 2010, a team of five Fuqua students partnered with a leading global pharmaceuticals company to plan the launch of a first-in-class biologic. Over a period of six weeks, the students researched and analyzed biologic products that were launched in the last few years and compiled a summary of learnings that they presented to senior level executives and marketing teams. The company then incorporated several of the students' recommendations in the product launch.
As a result of the successful completion of this project, the pharmaceutical company agreed to offer ongoing practicum opportunities to students enrolled in the HSM program, to recruit HSM MBA students for both internship and full-time positions, and to both sponsor and provide senior speakers at HSM-sponsored industry events and conferences.
"We applaud your leadership in informatics!"
— Dan Pelino General Manager, Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry, IBM Corporation
The Fuqua School of Business, in partnership with the Duke Center for Health Informatics (D-CHI), in 2010 launched the Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi). Designed to meet the demand for informaticists and IT-conversant health professionals, MMCi is the only interdisciplinary management program of its kind in the United States.
Fuqua and D-CHI formed an advisory board of industry, academic and non-profit leaders to build on Duke’s education and research partnerships with leading healthcare and informatics organizations. The Duke Center for Health Informatics Advisory Board is charged with advancing the new MMCI program, along with generating professional opportunities for students and graduates.
Duke University is well known for its ground-breaking achievements in health information technology, including seminal work on the first electronic medical record, and has received millions of dollars in federal funding for health informatics-related research. Additional research and/or discoveries are attributed to the Duke Cardiovascular Databank, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and the Duke clinical data warehouse and portal. Read a recent Duke article on the status of Electronic Medical Records.
Contact us: For additional information about the Advisory Board email firstname.lastname@example.org.