Bouve College of Health Sciences Archives - Graduate Studies at Northeastern University
The PhD in Personal Health Informatics at Northeastern University prepares students to lead research and development of new person- and patient-facing technologies that will transform healthcare delivery within the U.S. and around the world. The program combines a strong foundation in human-computer interface technology and experimental design in health sciences with a research program focused on exploring how technology designed with a patient- or person-facing perspective might transform healthcare delivery. It brings together students who have a strong health science background and a desire to develop innovative technologies with students who have strong technical backgrounds and a passion for using technology for disruptive innovation in the health care industry.
In addition to focusing on technology to support healthcare, wellness, and coping with chronic conditions, the program provides a strong foundation in health science and experimental methodology in the health sciences, with practical experience gained during the program by immersion in one or move of Boston’s outstanding medical research institutions. Highly trained professionals with the skills and knowledge and experience to lead transdisciplinary teams in the design and validation of new health technologies are increasingly in demand in academia, industry, government, and non-profit public health organizations.
With a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) degree from Northeastern, you will influence society in beneficial ways - assisting in the early identification of hearing loss and auditory disorders, providing services to help conserve hearing, and helping individuals with hearing loss to better communicate. In your first two semesters in our Doctoral program in Audiology, you will work in a supervised practicum at the University's own Speech, Language, and Hearing Center, utilized by members of the NU community and neighborhood residents who represent diverse populations. This prepares you for more advanced supervised clinical-practice placements in Boston's prestigious hospitals, outpatient clinics, educational institutions, and other practicum sites.
The major educational objective for our graduate students is the attainment of a common core of knowledge in biotechnology, with particular emphasis on their ability to integrate knowledge across disciplinary boundaries. Specific track objectives are to provide students with didactic and practical knowledge:
- In genomics, proteomics, and gene expression analysis (Molecular Biotechnology)
- In drug discovery, development, and delivery (Pharmaceutical Biotechnology)
- In bioprocess development and optimization (Process Development)
NU's program emphasizes hands-on work with students, so that you will be more of a mentor than an administrator, more a collaborator than a manager. You will learn to understand how students think so that you can teach them to function in an organization environment, resolving issues and getting to the root of the problems, or better yet, show them how to set systems so that organization problems do not arise.
As a counseling psychologist trained at Northeastern University, you may find yourself in any number of varied and fascinating settings. With the broad-based training and placement experience you undertake at Northeastern, you can serve clients in a variety of clinical settings and give them attentive, focused care to help them recover from trauma and ongoing conditions. Northeastern's is the only such program that allows you to select concentrations like forensic counseling, child and adolescent counseling, health psychology, or cultural, gender, and political psychology.
The concentration in Early Intervention (EI) is designed for students who enjoy working with very young children and their families. Through coursework and practicum experiences, students are prepared to work with infants and toddlers with known disabilities or those who are at risk for developmental delay because of a difficult birth or the presence of certain environmental risk factors. You may pursue the EI specialization as an independent certificate program, or integrate it into a graduate degree program in speech-language pathology and audiology, school psychology, counseling psychology, physical therapy, or special education. In addition the EI specialization can be integrated into the undergraduate psychology program. Northeastern is the only approved EI program in Massachusetts that is interdisciplinary in its faculty, students, and curriculum. Courses are team-taught by faculty from school counseling, developmental psychology, speech language pathology and audiology, physical therapy, special/education, and nursing so that students experience the team approach that is the day-to-day norm in the field. It is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and leads to the required state certification for early intervention personnel.
With a Master of Science degree from Northeastern University's Exercise Science Program, you will influence society in profound ways, such as assisting with the rehabilitation of individuals following cardiac surgery, or after suffering a heart attack, or helping to develop public health policy promoting physical activity. There's no better place to prepare for these accomplishments than at Northeastern's Bouvé College of Health Sciences.
The Exercise Science Program reflects Northeastern's tradition of practice-oriented education. You interact with faculty contributing to research advances, as well as with Boston's world-class health-care and public health institutions. You learn in a comprehensive health-sciences college where teamwork and interdisciplinary approaches to complex issues reflect professional standards. Students in the Clinical Exercise Physiology have the option of completing internship rotations at area hospitals or completing a thesis. Students in the Physical Activity and Public Health concentration have the option of completing practicum experiences in public health agencies or completing a thesis. At Northeastern, you acquire the knowledge and capability needed for a lifetime of social contribution and professional achievement.
Northeastern University offered one of the first master's programs in Clinical Exercise Physiology in New England. This concentration gives students the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and competencies in Clinical Exercise Physiology. As a practitioner in clinical exercise physiology, you will provide preventative and rehabilitative exercise to healthy people and people with various cardiopulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and immunological chronic diseases such as asthma, heart disease, emphysema, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, Parkinson's, and multiple sclerosis.
The Clinical Exercise Physiologist performs exercise assessments, and prescribes exercise and physical activity, primarily in hospitals, clinics, or other health-care provider settings. The Clinical Exercise Physiologist assists individuals in developing self-management skills to promote and maintain good health.
The two-year American College of Sports Medicine endorsed curriculum includes coursework in exercise and health sciences, practice-based laboratory work in our state of the art laboratory, and clinical practice in Boston's finest hospitals and health-care facilities. A clinical internship and thesis options are offered. Students interested in a clinical career are encouraged to take the clinical internship option and those interested in a research career or further study at the doctorate level are encouraged to take the thesis option. Full and part-time study is available. Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships and scholarships are offered for qualified candidates.
Northeastern University introduces a new concentration in Physical Activity and Public Health. Physical inactivity is recognized as a major public health problem in the United States and is a significant risk factor for many chronic disease including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2-diabetes, and colon and breast cancers. Furthermore, physical activity significantly lowers risk of these chronic diseases. This concentration is designed to prepare professionals trained in both exercise science and public health who have a career interest in physical activity and public health, specifically in health promotion and chronic disease prevention. The curriculum is designed to study issues and concepts related to the epidemiology of physical activity and chronic disease, public health administration and policy, health behavior, health education, and environmental health and the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs to promote physical activity in various populations.
Northeastern University is offering a professional interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in Health Informatics (MS in HI) to respond to a critical shortage in health informatics professionals in New England and in the nation. This degree program draws on the technical expertise from the College of Computer and Information Science, as well as from the knowledge and practices of health professionals from the Bouve College of Health Sciences.
The mission of the US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing is to produce competent clinicians for the safe practice of anesthesia nursing. The graduate nurse anesthetist will function within medically established guidelines in time of peace, and when necessary, in time of war, civil disorder, natural disaster or humanitarian mission.
The U.S. Army has prepared top quality Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) for nearly 50 years and since 1981, our graduates have earned a Masters Degree through our University based affiliations. We currently produce virtually all active duty Army CRNAs and provide specialized training in field anesthesia to ensure that our graduate nurse anesthetists are qualified to deploy in time of war, civil disorder, natural disaster or for humanitarian missions. Successful completion of this program results in a Master of Science in Nursing Anesthesia degree from Northeastern University School of Nursing and qualification to take the Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists.
Nurse administrators assume leadership roles in managing and coordinating the delivery of nursing and health services across multiple settings and specialty areas, including nurse-managed businesses and clinics.
School of Nursing
Northeastern’s School of Nursing offers Master’s, Ph.D. and D.N.P. degree programs to accommodate a range of backgrounds and academic and professional goals.
As a student in the Bouve College of Health Sciences, you will be led by senior faculty and leaders in the industry. Northeastern’s affiliation with over 100 institutions enables you to select the best fit for your clinical rotations. Our programs are nationally recognized, including our Nurse Anesthesia program, which ranks in the US News and World Report’s top ten.
Explore our website for details on each of our programs, and join the nursing field’s finest, by joining us at Northeastern.
Direct Entry Nursing (MS)
Nursing Anesthesia (CRNA; MS)
Nursing Administration (MS)
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (MS)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)
The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses for advanced practice roles as clinical experts, managers, educators and consultants. The program provides advanced study with a major focus on clinical experience and culminates with the Master of Science degree in Nursing. Students may pursue either full-time or part-time study and a BSN/MS in Nursing is available for qualified nurses. Nurses who possess an MS degree in Nursing are eligible for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in this specialization.
Northeastern's direct entry nursing program allows you to use the degree and experience that you already have in nearly any field and leverage it into a master's degree in a satisfying, high-demand profession. Nursing-specific classes (including practica) position you to sit for the national certification exam (NCLEX), after which you become a registered nurse and practice in the field full-time for six to nine months. You continue in the graduate program in nursing in a specialty of your choosing which leads you to national credentialing at the graduate level (ANCC).
Northeastern University's School of Nursing and Graduate School of Business Administration offer this program linking graduate-level management education with specific clinical and organizational issues relevant to nurse managers. The MS/MBA Program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to understand, shape, and respond to the dynamic forces at play in today's health-care environment.
Neonatal critical care is a growing field, and Bouve is at the forefront of providing experienced nurses with the knowledge, competence, and skill to be in demand across the country. Ten years ago, if a newborn in Boston needed critical care, there would have been only two neonatal nurse practitioners who could help. Today there are well over fifty, and the faculty at Northeastern's School of Nursing educated many of them.
Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) administer 65 percent of the twenty-seven million anesthetics each year in the United States. A master's degree from Northeastern will prepare you to join this much-needed and high-paying nursing specialty. Bouves highly regarded program received funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to increase its size and diversity. As a result, more than half of our students receive stipends, grants, and tuition assistance.
As a student in the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program at Northeastern University you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to identify and examine health problems that impact urban and underserved populations. Upon graduation from the program you will be able to assume a position as a nurse researcher, educator, and scholar in a school of nursing, clinical agency, research center, or other health care organization. Your preparation as a clinical nurse researcher will position you to participate in cross-disciplinary research teams that describe, design, and test interventions to improve health care for individuals, families, and communities living in a wide array of metropolitan settings.
Nurse practitioners provide primary care across the life span through direct nursing care, consultation, collaboration, coordination, and referral. These health care services are provided in a variety of settings including neighborhood centers, private practices, school-based clinics, and in the home. Our Primary Care Nursing specialization has three tracks that prepare pediatric, adult/older adult, and family nurse practitioners to provide quality health care across the age continuum. In addition to the traditional Primary Care Nursing program, we offer a Certified Nurse Practitioner's Master's Completion Program, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in all three tracks of primary care specialization. Upon completion of the primary care program, graduates are eligible to sit for all national certification exams in their area of practice.
Psychiatric Nurse Specialists provide psychopharmacology and psychotherapeutic treatment modalities in a variety of settings including community mental health, residential programs and private practice settings. Northeastern University's Psychiatric Mental Health Program focuses on psychiatric nursing care for adults, children and adolescents and families in the Community. We offer several options for graduate degree programs in adult or child and adolescent sub-specialties: Masters students prepare to become Clinical Specialists in Adult or Child and Adolescent Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.
Students with master's preparation in other nursing specialties may earn a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in either adult or child/adolescent sub-specialty.
The Dual Nurse Practitioner program builds on the knowledge and practice bases of psychiatric mental health nursing while providing opportunities to incorporate the knowledge and skills of the primary care nurse practitioner. Both the master's and the CAGS programs can be completed in a flexible full or part-time course of study. Upon completion of their studies, students will be prepared to sit for the appropriate certification exams in their specialties. We offer an on site adult health clinical specialist program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Read more about the MGH program.
The Master of Science with a specialization in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) prepares nurses with the specialized skills needed to care for children living in urban settings who are at risk across the continuum of care. For nearly two decades our PNP program has prepared Primary Care PNPs to provide community-based, culturally-sensitive care. More recently, building on our foundation in evidence-based, interdisciplinary, urban healthcare, we expanded the PNP program into Acute Care. We are the only graduate nursing program in New England to prepare Acute Care PNPs.
The interdisciplinary specialization is intended to meet the needs of students interested in combining courses and skills from two areas of specialization. At least one of the specialization areas must come from within the college. The second area may come from a department in another college at Northeastern University, such as Biology, Chemistry, or Engineering. Dissertation coadvisers are arranged for students who elect this option.
Students may begin to consider this option by discussing it with a faculty member in the college representing one of their areas of interest and by informing the PhD program director's office. The two areas of academic concentration are reflected in the course work, cumulative exams, and dissertation work undertaken. Students take the usual required courses. Specialization and General Elective Core courses are approved by the coadvisers. Students electing the interdisciplinary option must fulfill the same requirements as all other PhD candidates.
Master of Science:
Increasingly, scientific work is becoming interdisciplinary. In response to this trend, this interdisciplinary program has been set up which allows the student to focus on more than one area in biomedical science. The program is appropriate for both those entering as well as those currently employed in the field, including research technicians, clinical laboratory workers, science teachers and science administrators. For those currently employed, the program can enhance their performance in a present position or open up new employment opportunities. Graduates of the program will be well prepared to enter related PhD programs at the University.
This specialization offered by the Center for Drug Discovery (CDD) trains students in the design and synthesis of novel biologically active compounds and in the study of their mechanisms of action using biochemical, biophysical and pharmacological approaches. The CDD's excellence in teaching has been recognized by the award of a Training Grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for predoctoral and postdoctoral training in development of medications. These will be targeted to treat drug abuse and other indications such as neuropathic pain, obesity and neurodegenerative disorders.
Students earning a PhD degree in pharmaceutics will be thoroughly versed in the fundamentals of physical pharmacy and pharmaceutics in addition to being trained in several more specialized areas such as:
- biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics
- drug metabolism
- pharmacokinetic/toxicodynamic/pharmacodynamic correlation
- novel drug delivery systems
With exposure to these various facets of pharmaceutics graduates are poised to understand and assimilate the field of modern pharmaceutics. A PhD in pharmaceutics is a research degree. While course work plays an important role, students become a real participant in the science of pharmaceutics in the laboratory. Faculty research covers a broad range of scientific interests including: pharmacokinetic toxicodynamics of anticancer agents, use of biomaterials and synthetic polymeric systems in design of drug delivery systems, passive and active targeting of therapeutic agents, cardiovascular targeting of drugs, novel delivery systems for proteins and peptides and mathematical modeling of endogenous compounds.
Master of Science:
Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems Description
Just as cars are useless without roads, drugs are useless without an effective delivery system. The Bouve College of Health Sciences' pharmaceutics faculty and students are developing the pathways that bring drugs and DNA therapies directly to the target cells.
The PhD pharmacology specialization allows a student to specialize in the study of the actions of drugs. In addition to developing a sound knowledge base through course work and seminars, the program is designed to strengthen the student's ability to comprehend and to evaluate critically the current literature, allowing the conduct of significant independent research. Recent graduates with a PhD in pharmacology have found employment in academic or industrial research positions.
Master of Science:
Graduate education in pharmacology embodies the principles and mechanisms of drug action on biological systems. Through course work, seminars, and conferences, students gain exposure to both classical and recent approached that have led to the development of current theories of drug action. Pharmacology should not be confused with pharmacy, which is a professional degree allowing a licensed individual to dispense drugs.
If you hold a baccalaureate or masters degree in another field of study, the Post Baccalaureate Direct Entry Graduate DPT program may be right for you. This program consists of seven (7) semesters of course work, one six (6) month cooperative education experience and thirty (30) weeks of clinical education. Most students can expect to complete the program in four years.
Physician assistants are highly sought after members of the health care team who, working with physicians, provide diagnostic and therapeutic patient care. Pas practice medicine; they take medical histories, perform physical examinations, and order laboratory tests/studies. After diagnosing a problem, the PA develops and implements a treatment plan in consultation with the supervising physician. PAs can prescribe medication in all 50 states.
Patient education and counseling are important aspects of a PA's role. Pas advise patients on all aspects of health promotion and disease management. One distinctive feature of the PA profession is that PAs are dependent practitioners. PAs perform medical tasks and procedures with the supervision, but not necessarily in the presence, of a supervising physician. The PA scope of practice is authorized by state law and determined by the supervising physician.
Physician assistants are currently employed in a wide variety of settings: hospitals, health centers, health maintenance organizations, emergency rooms, college health services, physician's offices, nursing homes, and specialty clinics. PAs provide hospital care for surgical patients and assist in surgery. They provide care both in teaching institutions and in hospitals where there are no physician residents. Employment opportunities and the career outlook for physician assistants are excellent.
The Physician Assistant Program at Northeastern University was established in 1971. The program is a rigorous full-time, 24-month graduate program that offers students an opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Since its founding, the Physician Assistant Program has been accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. and its predecessors. The U.S. News and World Report Graduate Rankings 2007 ranks Northeastern University's Physician Assistant Program #17 in the nation.
Graduates of the PA program take the PA National Certifying Examination (PANCE) after graduation. Certification is required for initial licensure / registration in all states. The first-time pass rates for the six most recent PA graduating classes is consistently above the national rate.
Graduate-level psychology programs are offered through two Northeastern colleges:
- The Ph.D. in Psychology through the Department of Psychology, College of Science (Please visit here for more information)
- 5 areas of Applied Psychology through the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, Bouve College of Health Sciences
Master’s, Ph.D. and Certificate Programs in Applied Psychology through the Bouve College of Health Sciences
The Bouve College of Health Sciences’ programs in Applied Psychology integrate science and practice to prepare students for counseling and psychology professions in educational, governmental, community, organizational and private settings.
Of them, two Ph.D. programs prepare those interested in professional psychology for specialized careers in academic, practice or licensed psychologist positions.
College Student Development and Counseling (MS/Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study)
With a focus on counseling, on college student development and on the background of the student affairs field, this program provides emerging professionals with the academic and experiential background to lead student personnel programs that enrich the academic experience of college students.
School Counseling (MS)
Northeastern’s focus on experiential learning, its urban location and its immediate access to suburban communities situates students in the guidance counseling program with the widest range of opportunities to engage in supervised practicum. Students often specialize in kindergarten to middle school or middle to senior high school levels, and are eligible for Massachusetts state provisional certification upon graduation.
School Psychology (PhD/MS/ Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study)
This program develops highly competent school psychologists to conduct psychological, educational and behavioral assessments that enable them to design effective interventions and to implement counseling for children, parents and school staff. Northeastern’s distinctive field placements, applied research programs and collaborative faculty position graduates to enter the field knowing a wide range of assessment, prevention and counseling approaches.
Counseling Psychology (PhD/MS/ Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study)
Northeastern’s three programs in Counseling Psychology educate practitioners and Licensed Mental Health Counselors through small classes and clinical training. Master’s degree students choose to concentrate in:
- Health Psychology;
- Forensic Counseling;
- Early Intervention;
- Child and Adolescent Psychology; or
- Cultural, Gender and Political Psychology
Ph.D. candidates expand their mastery of counseling psychology practice and research in a variety of settings by working with children, adolescents, families and adults. Both the MS and Ph.D. programs meet the Massachusetts state licensure requirements.
Early Intervention (Certificate)
The Early Intervention specialization can be pursued as an independent certificate program or as a concentration integrated into a graduate program in speech-language pathology, audiology, school psychology, counseling psychology or physical therapy. Coursework and practicum experiences prepare students to work with infants and toddlers to improve known disabilities and to assess risks for developmental delays.
MPH Program at Northeastern University focuses on addressing the most compelling public health problems facing cities today. These include:
- complex air, water, and food quality management issues
- control of infectious diseases
- prevention and treatment of chronic diseases
- illnesses associated with the built environment
- health threats connected to density and poverty including substance abuse, community violence, and the potential of international terrorism
- racial and ethnic health disparities
- the challenges of effective health education and promotion for diverse populations; and access to timely, appropriate health services
Central to addressing all of these concerns, but in particular those associated with racial and ethnic health disparities, is the commitment the program undertakes to build a diverse and activist public health workforce, well-trained in the complex issues associated with disparate health status and health care access.
The MPH in Urban Health trains public health professionals who understand their concomitant obligations to advocacy and evidenced-based practice and research and who are animated by the urgent need to reduce racial, ethnic, and class-based health disparities that currently burden urban populations in the US and globally. A graduate from MPH in Urban Health program has both the technical expertise to address specific urban health issues as well as the strategic and cultural competency needed to interact effectively with, and be an advocate for diverse urban populations.
While many students find appropriate ways to cope with the stresses of school life through friends, faith, athletics, music, or other activities, some need extra attention and tools to help them make the most of their experiences. As a school counselor, you will consult with parents, teachers, and other school professionals, advise on curriculum changes, develop and administer testing programs, and in other ways help create a healthy environment where all students can grow, change, and learn.
As a school psychologist, you have the high quality training and psychological skills to understand the problems of students and provide assessment, consultation, and counseling services. You help at-risk students and implement prevention services. You know how to intervene effectively with the enormous range of challenges that confront children, parents, teachers, and administrators. You are dedicated to making students' lives as productive and enjoyable as they can be.
Speech-Language Pathologists evaluate, treat, and counsel individuals of all ages and backgrounds for cognitive-communication and swallowing impairments. Examples of these include delayed language development, aphasia, dysarthria, voice and resonance problems, and stuttering. During your graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology at Northeastern University, you will develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively help such individuals. Intensive on- and off-campus clinical practicums will provide you with valuable experiences working with infants, children, and adults who present with a variety of diagnoses and disorders. Opportunities will be available for you to participate in research and community service. By graduation, you will be prepared for employment in educational, medical, and private practice settings.
The Northeastern University Applied Behavior Analysis programs, which include certificate, Master of Science, and CAGS programs, are designed to develop teaching and intervention skills. Lectures are built around projects that can be completed either in the workplace or elsewhere in the community. These projects include functional analyses, preference assessments, intervention programs, and other procedures directly related to the practice of applied behavior analysis. Whenever possible, learning partnerships are formed between Northeastern University and students’ employers that incorporate work supervisors into the teaching processes. Workplace discussion groups and team projects link practice to studies.
The courses, which are both online and hybrid, fit contemporary lifestyles and make use of modern technology such as podcasts and Wimba classrooms. These features permit flexible schedules while creating increased communication with instructors and fellow students.
All Northeastern Applied Behavior Analysis programs contain the content students need to take the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam. Through our Learning Partnership Program, we also offer options through which students may fulfill the experience requirement necessary to take the exam.
The Department of Pharmaceutical Science is offering a new MS in Biomedical Nanotechnology. This Professional Science Masters, organized in concert with the Law and Business Schools at Northeastern, offers didactic and experiential education around the nanotechnology applications in biomedical sciences. Students have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research with faculty in neuropharmacology, tissue engineering, bioanalytical chemistry, cardiovascular targeting, medicinal chemistry, drug discovery, inflammation and immunology, and nanomedicine/drug delivery. The Department houses or shares faculty with outstanding on-campus research centers: Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Nanomedicine, Environmental Cancer Research Program, Center for Drug Discovery, Center for Translational Imaging, and the New England Inflammation and Tissue Protection Institute.
The risk of developing diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes are attributable to a complex combination of factors such as diet, physical activity patterns, and environmental factors, combined with genetic factors. The provision of adequate health care and preventive measures in an environment fraught with health disparities has become a formidable challenge. Traditionally, public health is understood to implicate the critical functions of state and local public health departments such as preventing epidemics, containing environmental hazards, and encouraging healthy behaviors. Population health encompasses traditional public health, but emphasizes the full range of the health of individuals. Unlike traditional public health promotion or health education approaches that often target individual risk factors, population health intervention research looks further upstream at policies and barriers that affect the capacity for whole populations to make change. Population health intervention research is not just about evaluating a specific program aimed at individuals; it looks at the broader policy framework within which an intervention is developed; it is the whole context. It seeks to step beyond the individual level focus of mainstream medicine and public health by addressing a broad range of factors that impact health on a population-level; such as environment, social structure, and resource distribution. The Ph.D. program in Population Health will provide education and experiential opportunities to students who will become engaged researchers, going on to lead efforts to meet the health needs of the population and ending health disparities.
Because population health is inclusive, our program will emphasize interdisciplinary and team science, with a solid base of research methods; followed by one of three concentrations: 1) Nutritional epidemiology; 2) social determinants of health; and 3) health services research and policy. Students will have the ability to tailor the program to their interests through selection of interdisciplinary faculty dissertation committees.
In line with Northeastern University’s mission to educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment, this program will give students a skill set that allows them to address population health issues in a more holistic, multidisciplinary way, using team science approaches. Additionally, the mission of Northeastern University to create and translate knowledge to meet global and societal needs will come to full fruition with a Ph.D. program that creates the next leaders in research whose work results in applicable solutions to improving the health of populations.