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Duke and UNC Informatics Training

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Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) are offering training and research programs designed to produce highly specialized health information technology (IT) professionals.

Duke’s long-standing strengths in electronic medical records, integrated advanced information management systems, medical instrumentation, and patient monitoring are complemented by UNC’s equally long-standing strengths in imaging, applied information and decision sciences, clinical databases, and epidemiology and public health applications.

The Duke and UNC Informatics Training Programs will make the resources of both campuses available to trainees at either institution, allowing them access to environments where cutting-edge research is ongoing and where IT is being directly applied to patient care, research, and education.

At the conclusion of their studies, graduates of the Duke and UNC Informatics Training Programs are expected to possess a firm grasp of concepts and skills needed to succeed in the following roles:

  • Clinician / Public Health Leader
  • Health Information (HI) Exchange Specialist
  • Research and Development Scientist
  • Programmer and Software Engineer
  • Health IT Sub-specialist

Programs of Training
Degrees and
Certificates Awarded
Clinician / Public
Health Leader
Exchange Specialist
Research &
Development Scientist
Program &
Software Engineer
Health IT Sub-specialist
Duke University

Master of Management in Clinical Informatics

Master of Science in Nursing—Informatics Specialty


Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics

UNC - Chapel Hill

Certificate in Public Health Informatics


Certificate in Clinical Health Informatics



Certificate in Nursing Informatics

Certificate of Advanced Studies—Information Science*


Master of Science in Nursing—Information Science Dual Degree

Informatics addresses profound information needs in health care.

  • Health care in the United States is not as safe as we would like for it to be.
  • Healthcare costs continue to rise.
  • Clinicians face an ever-growing plethora of diagnostic and therapeutic options and massive volumes of patient data.
  • Information needed for patient care exists in separate systems and is inaccessible to providers at the point of care.
  • There is a pressing need to inform policy, regulation, and regulatory decision -making with real-world information.

Computers and IT offer the promise of capturing, organizing, and presenting health information in a form that will make it useful to all endeavors in health care.

Computer science and IT have advanced in tandem with the information needs of modern health care. Advances in high-performance computing and communication, image processing, database technology, and computer-based decision support and computer-aided instruction have proceeded at breakneck speed.

When the information demands of health care are so clear and technical advances abound, it may seem surprising that productive use of information is not ubiquitous.

This shortfall does not represent a lack of need or of technology. Rather, there is a shortage of qualified, talented individuals who have an understanding of both the unique demands of the healthcare environment and the technological resources required to meet them. Graduates of the Duke and UNC Informatics Training Programs can meet this need.

For more information about training opportunities at Duke and UNC, visit us at: or email or call 919-962-0182 



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