Health Informatics, MS

Northeastern’s interdisciplinary Master of Science in Health Informatics was the first MS in the field. The program seeks to prepare students to address the combined clinical, technical, and business needs of health-related professionals. Successful 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. 

With approval from the health informatics program director, selected students can substitute one course from the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics for a technical core requirement in the MS in Health Informatics degree, and up to two more courses from the Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics can be counted as electives for the MS in Health Informatics degree. 

Northeastern also offers graduate certificate programs in health informatics. Three certificate programs enable you to choose the one that addresses your specific goals. These programs are listed separately in this catalog:

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics Management and Exchange

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics Privacy and Security

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics Software Engineering

Courses in the certificate program also apply toward master’s degree requirements. This gives you the flexibility to complete a certificate and be well on your way to earning a degree if you decide later to continue your education. 

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Requirements

A grade of B– or higher is required in each course.

Core Requirements
HINF 5101Introduction to Health Informatics and Health Information Systems3
HINF 5105The American Healthcare System3
HINF 7701Health Informatics Capstone Project3
Business Management Core
Complete two courses from the following:6
Organizational Behavior, Work Flow Design, and Change Management
Business of Healthcare Informatics
Project Management
Management Issues in Healthcare Information Technology
Improving the Patient Experience through Informatics
Strategic Management and Leadership in Healthcare
Health Informatics Core
Complete two courses from the following:6
Data Management in Healthcare
Global Health Information Management
Theoretical Foundations in Personal Health Informatics
Creation and Application of Medical Knowledge
Public Health Surveillance and Informatics
Patient Engagement Informatics and Analytics
Quantifying the Value of Informatics
Evaluating Healthcare Quality
Technical Core
Complete two courses from the following:6
Database Design, Access, Modeling, and Security
Strategic Topics in Programming For Health Professionals
Key Standards in Health Informatics Systems
Biostatistics in Public Health
Introduction to Epidemiology
One course from the following may count toward the technical core requirement:
Collecting, Storing, and Retrieving Data
Introduction to Data Mining/Machine Learning
Introduction to Computational Statistics
Information Design and Visual Analytics
Electives
Complete two courses from the following. Any course not taken to complete a core requirement may be taken as an elective.6
Legal and Social Issues in Health Informatics
Emerging Technologies in Healthcare
Design for Usability in Healthcare
Collecting, Storing, and Retrieving Data
Introduction to Data Mining/Machine Learning
Introduction to Computational Statistics
Information Design and Visual Analytics

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

Minimum 33 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required