Master of Science in Clinical Informatics Management

Developing Leaders to Transform Health Care

The Master of Science in Clinical Informatics Management (MCiM) is a 12-month management program for working professionals seeking to become leaders in harnessing digital innovations to deliver high-quality, cost-effective health care.

Uniquely blending Stanford’s renowned expertise across medicine, technology, and business, MCiM is the only interdisciplinary program on the West Coast designed for current and emerging leaders in health care and technology – early- to mid-career professionals, physicians, clinicians, faculty, researchers, and medical students, and recent college graduates.

MCiM is one of only two programs at Stanford that offers both the rigor of a Stanford professional education and the flexible format that accommodates an active work schedule. The program features in-person classes held at Stanford every other weekend.

Students will gain core business and technology competencies as part of a diverse, collaborative educational environment, learning how to apply business models, clinical informatics tools, as well as ethical insights to the digital transformation of medicine. As part of a management program, students will be prepared to design, implement, and lead digital innovations in health systems, life sciences firms, and healthcare-focused technology organizations.

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available in Autumn 2020.

COVID-19 has reinforced the longstanding need for leaders who can expertly navigate business, technology, and medicine to manage and drive the digital transformation of a $4.0 trillion health care system. Diverse applications such as telemedicine for routine clinical care and digital radiology for the rapid diagnosis of COVID pneumonia are among some of the opportunities the crisis has highlighted. Others include greater capabilities for remote health monitoring, wearable sensors for monitoring patients, the health of populations on college campuses and in the workforce, and interactive voice-response tools such as Alexa, Siri, or Hey Google to provide new patient care services.

Behind the scenes, machine learning has been rapidly adopted in applications as diverse as screening potential therapies for application to COVID and profiling symptoms that might indicate infection. Failures of the existing health care infrastructure have also been glaringly illustrated by the lack of interoperable data between hospitals and between the public and private sectors, as well as the lack of access to real-time data and reports as the COVID situation rapidly unfolded. Together, these scenarios call for leadership that brings together technology and clinical business units in entirely new ways.

MCiM will develop managers and senior leaders who have a keen understanding of the strategic business concepts and data science principles fundamental to raising the quality and efficiency of care delivery – in the COVID era and beyond. The founder of MCiM, Kevin Schulman, professor of medicine and economics, built the country’s first clinical informatics management program at Duke University in 2011. Graduates from that program have moved into management and senior leadership roles such as CEO, CIO, CMIO, CHIO, and Health Care IT Director.