Rev­o­lu­tionary inter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­gram answers national health­care and IT needs

One year after its cre­ation, North­eastern University’s grad­uate Health Infor­matics pro­gram has seen con­tinued growth and praise from the health­care com­mu­nity. The inter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­gram com­bines resources from the Bouve Col­lege of Health Sci­ences and the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ences which col­lec­tively pro­vide stu­dents with a thor­ough and robust course offering. The pro­gram has already enrolled forty three stu­dents in its first year.

The Health Infor­matics pro­gram brings together the diver­gent back­grounds of health­care pro­fes­sionals seeking addi­tional training in infor­ma­tion man­age­ment and tech­nology and infor­ma­tion tech­nology (IT) pro­fes­sionals looking for training in health­care infor­ma­tion and applied tech­nology. The pro­gram answers a national need for health infor­matics pro­fes­sionals and pro­vides stu­dents with the the­o­ret­ical and prac­tical under­standing of the role of infor­ma­tion in the health­care set­ting. The stu­dents are edu­cated in the unique char­ac­ter­is­tics of the health­care system, its ter­mi­nology and stan­dards, fun­da­men­tals of IT and how IT is used in healthcare.

Included amongst the cur­rent stu­dents in the pro­gram are CIOs, high-​​level exec­u­tives, phar­ma­cists, nurses and devel­opers, all of whom are presently employed in full-​​time jobs,” said Stanley Hochberg, MD, Assis­tant Clin­ical Pro­fessor and Pro­gram Director. “The pro­gram cre­ates a common under­standing across the dis­ci­plines needed to move health care for­ward with technology.”

The Health Infor­matics pro­gram fea­tures and impres­sive roster of fac­ulty, including: Gil Alterovitz, Ph.D., National Insti­tute Of Health, NLM Bio­med­ical Infor­matics Fellow, Har­vard Med­ical School and Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nology; Norm Costin, Vice Pres­i­dent of Infor­ma­tion and Knowl­edge Man­age­ment, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass­a­chu­setts; Steven Flam­mini, Chief Tech­nical Officer, Part­ners Health­Care System; Leonard D’Avolio, Ph.D., National Library of Med­i­cine Med­ical Infor­matics Fellow; and James Noga, Chief Infor­ma­tion Officer, Mass­a­chu­setts Gen­eral Hos­pital and Mass­a­chu­setts Gen­eral Physi­cians Organization.

The grad­uate pro­gram in Health Infor­matics is cur­rently accepting appli­ca­tions for the Fall 2008 semester. For more details about the pro­gram or the appli­ca­tion process, please visit www​.health​in​for​matics​.neu​.edu.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Samantha Fodrowski at 617–373-5427 or at s.​fodrowski@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.