The Master of Science in Health Informatics prepares students to successfully address the combined clinical, technical, and business needs of health-related professions.
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Northeastern’s interdisciplinary Master of Science in Health Informatics program was the first master’s program in the field. Our students graduate with the knowledge of how technology, people, health, and the healthcare system interrelate; the ability to use technology and information management to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes; and the skills to communicate effectively among healthcare practitioners, administrators, and information technology professionals.
The MS in Health Informatics program is a collaboration between the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. The program offers a flexibly designed curriculum for both part-time and full-time students, combining core courses in healthcare systems and management with elective courses that span vital topics across the industry. Students are able to choose classes based on their interests and backgrounds; students from the healthcare industry are introduced to new technologies. An advisory board of industry professionals provides expert guidance in the program’s development and ongoing curricular advancements—the program remains at the leading edge of advances in the industry.
This interdisciplinary master’s degree program is designed for healthcare professionals with limited computing and information technology experience, as well as IT professionals with little knowledge of healthcare environments.
The Personal Health Informatics Concentration includes courses such as Creation and Application of Medical Knowledge, Computer/Human Interaction, Biostatistics in Public Health, and completion of a Thesis or Capstone Project.
Health Informatics (Without Concentration) requires courses associated with Business Management, Health Informatics, Technical (such as Biostatistics and Public Health), and a Capstone Project.
The Health Informatics Analytics Concentration is offered in conjunction with Northeastern’s College of Engineering, offering electives such as Computational Modeling and Structured Data Analytics for Industrial Engineering, Healthcare Systems Modeling and Analysis, and Data Mining in Engineering. Required coursework include courses associated with Business Management, Health Informatics courses, Technical, and a Capstone Project.
This MS program is designed for students with no clinical or technical experience as well as for people with experience in either discipline.
The program can be completed with no concentration, with a concentration in Health Informatics Analytics or in Personal Health Informatics.
Flexible course schedules and formats meet the needs of both working professionals and full-time students
Faculty for this program are senior leaders in the field
Coursework provides an academic pathway to the PhD in Personal Health Informatics
Research capstone project allows students to make an active contribution to the field
Health Informatics program graduates have a nearly 100% job placement within three months of graduation
The program is STEM certified
Understand how information technology, people, health, and the healthcare system interrelate
Use information technology and information management concepts and methods to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes
Communicate effectively among healthcare practitioners, administrators, and IT professionals, and understand each group’s needs and constraints
Health informatics is a rapidly evolving field—one in which jobs are projected to grow by 23% into 2020. As the healthcare system evolves, the ability to integrate technology into patient care is becoming increasingly imperative, creating great demand for professionals with knowledge of health sciences, computer science, and information technology. Northeastern’s MS in Health Informatics graduates have gone on to hold positions as clinical, data, business, technical, application, and security analysts, as project managers, and as CIOs, CMIOs, and directors of many prominent companies. Recent graduates hold positions at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Partners Healthcare, Beth Israel, Tufts Medical Center, Lawrence General Hospital, Humedica, and Verisk Analytics.
"The Health Informatics program bridged the clinical and technical sides of healthcare and taught me how to use problem-solving, storytelling, and creativity to better manage health-related projects. Most importantly, it gave me an appreciation for the different dimensions of the field of informatics."
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Online application and fee
Unofficial undergraduate/graduate transcripts; (you can submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended at the time of admission)
Statement of purpose that should include career goals and expected outcomes and benefits from the program
Recent professional resumé listing detailed position responsibilities
Three confidential letters of recommendation
Official TOEFL examination scores (international students only)
International students are required to submit official transcripts to World Education Services for credentialing. Once you have received verification of your degree and transcript from WES, please forward to the address below.
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If you are mailing from outside the U.S., please send your documents to:
Bouvé College of Health Sciences
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Graduate Application Documents
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Boston, MA 02115 USA
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Bouvé College of Health Sciences
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Graduate Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 1434
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Co-op makes the Northeastern graduate education richer and more meaningful. It provides master’s students with up to 12 months of professional experience that helps them develop the knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence to develop rich careers. In addition to the esteemed faculty, many students enroll in the master’s programs largely because of the successful co-op program.
Graduate students typically have an experiential work opportunity following their second semester. This could be a six- to eight-month co-op or a three- to four-month summer internship. Those who initially experience co-op may have the opportunity to seek an internship for the following summer, or vice versa.
Student participation in experiential education provides enhanced:
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Job seeking and job success skills
Networking opportunities with those in desired career paths
Northeastern’s co-op program is based on a unique educational strategy which recognizes that classroom learning only provides some of the skills students will need to succeed in their professional lives. Our administration, faculty, and staff are dedicated to the university’s mission to “educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment.” Co-op is closely integrated with our course curriculum and our advising system. The team of graduate co-op faculty within the Khoury College of Computer Sciences provides support for students in preparing for and succeeding on their co-ops.
These multiple connections make co-op at Northeastern an avenue to intellectual and personal growth: adding depth to classroom studies, providing exposure to career paths and opportunities, and developing in students a deeper understanding that leads to success in today’s world.
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Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Health Informatics Graduate Programs
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