Live classes, once a week
Class starts in September with a launch experience on Duke’s physical campus in Durham, North Carolina – a 2.5 day intensive where you’ll meet your professors, network with classmates, and build relationships with the members of your learning team. Then your program moves online. Over the next 19 months you’ll work through course modules on your own schedule, completing assignments and collaborating on projects with your learning team, while joining together as a full cohort in real-time classes each week.
In April you may choose to return to Durham for an optional leadership intensive, a 2.5 day immersion in the frameworks and skills to develop your personal skills as a leader. Throughout your program you’ll be able to arrange most activities around your other commitments, mastering fundamentals within online modules so that you get the most out of class discussion during scheduled sessions. Each of your courses will involve one 60-75 minute live class every two weeks.
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Fuqua’s difference comes from the way we structure professional learning—as peer teams. You’ll be assigned to a group of four to six peer leaders with expertise in different functions and markets, working closely together throughout your program. You’ll need to learn to trust and rely on each other’s strengths to accomplish your goals, gaining new insights on health care and mastering the collaboration skills that will help you move any team forward.
All Fuqua degree programs are taught by the same world-renowned faculty, scholars recognized for excellence in both teaching and research who are shaping health care now. Several hold appointments with Duke’s schools of Medicine, Law, Public Policy, Environment and Engineering, and are affiliated with a variety of health-related organizations worldwide. Our faculty will challenge you with concepts you can apply immediately in your role, and you’ll find them happy to continue classroom debate online.
Professors foster active debate that draws insight from the range of experience in your cohort, so class discussions are tailored for professionals from different sectors. Our learning method draws from cases and exercises that challenge you to tackle issues from multiple perspectives, giving you practice in structuring problems based on multiple sources of data and presenting concise recommendations. Expect academic rigor and to move through material quickly.
Over five terms you’ll complete 18 courses: six in data science and quantitative methods; four in business functions; seven in different health sectors and policies; and one required capstone project. While the course sequence and timing may shift between calendar years, the typical MQM: Health Analytics structure looks like this:
Program Launch in Durham, NC (2.5 days)
Term 1 - Online (12 weeks)
- Managerial Economics for Health Care
- Health Care Institutions and Policies
- Applied Probability and Statistics
Term 2 - Online (12 weeks)
- Business Fundamentals: Accounting and Finance
- Business Fundamentals: Marketing and Strategy
- Life Sciences Strategy
- Data Analytics and Applications
Optional Leadership Intensive in Durham, NC (2.5 days)
Term 3 - Online (12 weeks)
- Business Communication
- Electronic Health Records and Data Structures
- Health Care Effectiveness and Outcomes
- Advanced Data Analytics and Applications
Term 4 - Online (12 weeks)
- Navigating Organizations
- Provider Operations Analytics
- Value-Based Care
- Capstone Project I
Term 5 - Online (12 weeks)
- Decision Models
- Ethics and Legal Issues in Health Analytics
- Capstone Project II
Combining independent study, live classes and collaborative assignments, the MQM: Health Analytics is completely delivered in our proprietary online learning environment.
For each subject in the curriculum you’ll work through a set of course materials on your own schedule - including videos, readings, and interactive exercises –mastering the basics in advance of your face-to-face time with faculty to maximize that discussion time together. These elements of each course provide more flexibility to balance program requirements around your professional and personal commitments. While you should expect to spend at least 15-20 hours a week on schoolwork, you can schedule these elements of your program around other obligations.
In addition to that independent study, your class will gather together for live virtual sessions through a technology that enables face-to-face interaction and discussion. In a typical term with four courses, you’ll have two live classes each week. In these sessions your professors lead your class through case discussions and other assigned material, and you will debate topics with your classmates. Each class session will run 60-75 minutes.
Team collaboration will be a significant part of each course, so in addition to independent study and live classes, you will coordinate schedules with your learning team to meet virtually and work through class assignments ahead of your next live session.
Throughout the program you’ll use your digital learning platform to:
- Submit assignments
- Download course materials
- Interact with classmates
- Read class and team bulletin boards
- Take exams
- Contribute to course discussion boards
- Share documents
- Call your teammates
|Launch||September 10 - September 12, 2018|
|Reading Period (includes Orientation)||September 4 - September 17|
|Online||September 18 - December 17|
|Break||December 18 - January 7, 2019|
|Reading Period||January 8 - January 21|
|Online||January 22 - April 22|
|Break||April 23 - April 29|
|Optional Leadership Training||Durham, NC|
|Intensive||April 30 - May 13|
|Reading Period (includes Optional Leadership Training)||April 30 - May 13|
|Online||May 14 - August 12|
|Break||August 13 - August 19|
|Reading Period||August 20 - September 2|
|Online||September 3 - December 2|
|Break||December 3 - December 9|
|Reading Period||December 10 - December 16|
|Holidays||December 17 - January 6|
|Online||January 7 - April 6|
|Durham, NC, May 2020|
Each term will have a pre-reading period for you to prepare for the upcoming term. Professors will give some reading or simple assignments to complete during the pre-reading period so you can hit the ground running once the term starts. You’ll have sufficient down time between terms and during holidays to re-energize.