The MS in Health Informatics online program prepares students to successfully address the combined clinical, technical, and business needs of health-related professionals.
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The American healthcare system is undergoing dramatic changes and improvements that center on the integration of technology in patient care. Professionals in the field of health informatics—the union of information science, computer science, and healthcare—are driving many of these advancements. Yet as a new and rapidly evolving field, there is a critical shortage of qualified talent.
Northeastern’s interdisciplinary Master of Science in Health Informatics program prepares you to take a leadership role in addressing the combined clinical, technical, and business needs of health-related organizations. You will gain the knowledge and skills to successfully integrate systems, improve workflow, help people work together effectively, and make a real difference in the quality and effectiveness of healthcare delivery—today and in the future.
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.
100% online format provides the greatest flexibility for working professionals
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 of their 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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