Physician Assistant Studies and Health Informatics, MS/MS

The Northeastern University health informatics and physician assistant combined program allows qualified and interested students to achieve their goal of obtaining a more robust understanding of healthcare technology while also completing robust clinical training in the physician assistant program. This prepares a select group of exceptionally qualified clinicians to become leaders in healthcare technology application and development and fosters interdisciplinary collaboration in order to address problems in the healthcare and health information environments both locally and across the globe. The joint program is designed to provide students a greater understanding of technological issues in clinical practice, quantitative methods, and the use of scientific evidence and cutting-edge technology to optimize clinical workflows and improve patient outcomes.

This dual degree takes 34 months to complete (as opposed to 48, if each degree were pursued separately), and a total number of 8 credits are shared between both degrees.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Physician Assistant Requirements

A grade of C or higher is required in each course. 

Didactic Courses
PA 6200Anatomy and Physiology 13
PA 6201Anatomy and Physiology 23
PA 6203Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 13
PA 6204Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 23
PA 6205Pharmacology 12
PA 6206Pharmacology 22
PA 6207Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Methods4
PA 6208Professional Issues for Physician Assistants2
PA 6311Principles of Medicine 14
PA 6312Principles of Medicine 24
PA 6313Principles of Medicine 34
PA 6320Principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology2
PA 6321Principles of Surgery2
PA 6322Principles of Orthopedics2
PA 6323Clinical Neurology2
PA 6324Principles of Pediatrics2
PA 6325Principles of Psychiatry2
PA 6326Aspects of Primary Care4
PA 6327Emergency Medicine and Critical Care2
PA 6328Aging and Rehabilitation Medicine2
PA 6329Healthcare Delivery2
Clinical Courses
PA 6400Applied Study in Medicine5
PA 6401Applied Study in Ambulatory Medicine5
PA 6402Applied Study in Family Practice5
PA 6403Applied Study in Emergency Medicine5
PA 6404Applied Study in Obstetrics and Gynecology5
PA 6405Applied Study in Pediatrics5
PA 6406Applied Study in Surgery5
PA 6407Applied Study in Mental Health5
PA 6408Applied Study Elective5

Health Informatics Requirements

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

Core Requirement
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
Improving the Patient Experience through Informatics
Management Issues in Healthcare Information Technology
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
PHTH 5202Introduction to Epidemiology3
PHTH 5210Biostatistics in Public Health3
Complete two courses from the following: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

128 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required