Program Overview

Health Informatics Program Overview

Graduate Programs in Health Informatics

Improving the health-care system calls for integrating innovative technology in patient care. Yet there’s a critical shortage of qualified people who can use this technology and communicate effectively with both health providers and IT professionals.

Northeastern University’s graduate programs in health informatics prepare you for a growing field in which professionals with knowledge of both health sciences and information technology are in great demand. You gain the understanding of the clinical, technical, and business needs of health-care organizations required to integrate systems, improve workflow, help people work together better, and make a difference in health-care delivery.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs

A range of programs lets you choose one that meets your needs:

These health informatics programs draw on the expertise of both the College of Computer and Information Science and Bouvé College of Health Sciences to provide essential education for:

  • Health-care professionals who need the technical knowledge to take on new responsibilities
  • Computing and IT professionals who need to understand how to apply technology in a health care environment
  • Career changers with a bachelor’s degree but no prior experience in health informatics

In each program, you:

  • Acquire practical knowledge and skills
  • Gain an understanding of how information technology, people, health, and the health-care system interrelate
  • Learn how to use information technology and information management concepts and methods in health-care delivery
  • Develop the capacity to facilitate communication among health care practitioners, administrators, and IT professionals—and recognize the needs and constraints of all sides
  • Collaborate and exchange ideas with classmates from a variety professional backgrounds

With Northeastern’s graduate degree and certificate programs, you can assume leadership and specialist roles in a variety of health-related organizations—hospitals, health-care systems, physician groups, and HMOs to health-related software companies, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, clinical research organizations, and government agencies. And you’re ready to make an immediate impact on health care.

An Established Program with Industry Connections

Northeastern offers you the only graduate programs in Boston fully focused on health informatics. You benefit from:

  • Faculty who are senior leaders in the field and have extensive experience in Boston’s world-renowned hospitals and other major health care organizations. These faculty ensure your education is relevant and rigorous, provide advising and mentoring, and become part of your professional network.
  • Strong industry relationships with hospitals, health-care systems, health-related corporations, and government health agencies.
  • An advisory board of industry professionals who provide expert guidance in the programs’ development.

More than 100 students have chosen to study health informatics at Northeastern so far, and all of the program graduates currently work in the field.

Designed for Adult Students

Northeastern’s health informatics graduate programs offer the flexibility adult students need:

  • Choose from degree or certificate programs
  • Complete most programs in a year or less
  • Study full-time or part-time
  • Learn online or on campus
  • Take evening classes