The University of Michigan has tapped Charles Friedman, PhD, chief scientific officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, to lead a new master's program in consumer health informatics.

Friedman will start at U-M on Sept. 1. The university's schools of public health and information will jointly offer the new masters program. The program begins in the fall of 2012 and will require 52 credit hours and an internship to complete, according to the university. A certificate program beginning this fall will enable students enrolled in other graduate programs to take six courses totaling 18 credits to earn a graduate certificate in health informatics.

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