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.

Friedman has served as ONC's chief scientific officer since 2009 and from 2007 to 2009 was deputy national coordinator. He previously served as associate director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health; senior scholar at the National Library of Medicine; professor and associate vice chancellor for Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh; and CIO at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. He is a past president of the American College of Medical Informatics and spent 19 years on the medical school faculty at the University of North Carolina. According to his bio on ONC's Web site, Friedman wrote his first computer program in 1966.


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