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Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.


The Duke Population Health Sciences (DPHS) Analyst Programmer Senior serves as an expert resource in supporting data analytics for the DPHS portfolio by performing a variety of activities related to data analytics including: processing, querying, analysis and reporting. The DPHS Analyst Programmer Senior possesses a fluent understanding of electronic health record, health insurance claims, and clinical registry data, healthcare coding algorithms, distributed research networks, research data standards and reporting, data visualization techniques, as well as familiarity with the application of good clinical data management practices. The AP Senior demonstrates strong initiative, attention to detail, excellent communications skills, as well as motivation and enthusiasm for working with complex data and computing environments in support of the DPHS DataShare and research initiatives. Close collaboration with other disciplines and departments within and across Duke and external organizations is necessary.


Technical, Including Analytical and Research Support

  • Assess, process and load electronic health data and maintain large, observational databases in the DPHS DataShare, an extensive collection of research-ready electronic health data.
  • Perform queries of Duke EHR data via Epic Clarity and other query tools.
  • Design, code, test, execute and document SQL and SAS programs for data analytics, data characterization, validation and quality assessment, analysis dataset creation, data analysis, data conversion/transfer, graphic production and project reporting.
  • Perform SAS programming and descriptive statistics in support of DPHS projects.
  • Design analysis data set specifications, find errors, correct, and validate output and results.
  • Provide informatics support on research projects, including requirements analyses, design, technical specification development, data collection, analysis, presentation, and reporting. Leverage cross-discipline training and experience to capture project requirements, while facilitating participation by clinical, scientific, operational, and information technology stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate expert knowledge in domain modeling, relational database design, programming language(s), SAS, data transfer methods, and electronic health record and health care claims standards and/or analytical techniques used in research programs. Maintain an understanding of emerging tools and technologies.
  • Process and load electronic health data and maintain large, observational databases in the DPHS DataShare to support a wide array of internal department, across Duke and external research studies
  • Perform complex, integrated computer programming and software development for clinical data applications (including maintenance of existing systems and research/development for future enhancements)
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of terminologies and coding procedures used in research and the health care environment.
  • Develop software tools to support DPHS DataShare and research infrastructure and ongoing research studies
  • Develop tools for organizing and searching healthcare coding algorithms for diseases, outcomes, procedures and drugs.
  • Maintain and apply a strong working knowledge of healthcare coding algorithms, clinical research informatics and healthcare analytics techniques.
  • Work closely with information technology support for network, database, and hardware/software requirements throughout the software development lifecycle representing the research project requirements.
  • Collaborate with staff, faculty and sponsors to determine the appropriate analytic design approaches to surveillance and research projects
  • Work with all members of the project team on a regular basis to meet project deliverables.
  • Provide technical instruction and training to other DataShare analysts (e.g., programmers, biostatisticians, etc.)
  • Prepare training materials and give presentations to statisticians and other users; interface with and serve as liaison to clients regarding special requests and operational issues as they arise.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
  • The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

    Required Qualifications at this LevelEducation/Training

    Work requires Bachelors degree in mathematics or computer science or a computer related field or equivalent coursework or technical training.

    Strong Base SAS, SAS/Macro, and SAS/Graph skills required.


    Work requires four years of progressive programming experience which includes experience as a member of a development team implementing a major system and experience in a supervisory capacity.


    Preferred Experience

    • Experience in health services research environment strongly preferred.
    • Experience with large health care data sets including electronic health records, Medicare claims, or other health care claims data sets preferred.
    • SAS (Enterprise Guide, SAS in Unix environments, Base SAS), Oracle, Microsoft Access, SQL, R, scripting languages (e.g., Python, Visual Basic), Web development and Unix skills preferred.
    • Experience with distributed data networks preferred.

    Licensure/Certification: If not achieved prior to employment, certification in indicated Epic data model(s) and module(s) is required within 6 months of employment except where otherwise negotiated; certification in an indicated Epic model is a condition of employment. Relevant data model and modules will be communicated at the time of employment. Certification is required on the Epic version current at DUHS.

    Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

    Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

    Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


    Read our Diversity Profile History

    Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

    As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

    Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

    Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

    Mission Statement

    Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

    “To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

     “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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