Northeastern University

College of Computer and Information Science

Master of Science in Health Informatics (ALIGN)


360 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Health Informatics

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Opportunity:

Breaking into a new industry can be difficult, especially if your education and experience are not a match for your current job search. That’s why Northeastern University created the MS Health Informatics ALIGN program (Accelerated Link to Industry through Northeastern’s Global Network).

This unique graduate program prepares high-ability bachelor’s degree holders for the high-demand health informatics industry, regardless of their previous experience or undergraduate major.

In recent years, Northeastern University’s MS in Health Informatics has had a 100% job placement rate within three months of graduation, with most students receiving job offers before graduation.

The Program:

The interdisciplinary MS in Health Informatics ALIGN program helps you transition to this high-potential field and 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.

As a student in this program, you have the opportunity to:

•    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

The Curriculum:

Northeastern’s MS in Health Informatics ALIGN program is a collaboration between the College of Computer and Information Science and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

The curriculum spans vital topics ranging from healthcare systems, data management and design, and organizational change to clinical decision-making, business issues, emerging technologies, and myriad ever-changing factors that impact the field. A flexible core curriculum maximizes your learning based on prior experience and knowledge. Throughout the program students learn practical skills taught by industry practitioners.

Strong industry relationships with hospitals, healthcare systems, health-related corporations, and government health agencies ensure that the program remains at the leading edge of advances in the industry.

The Experience:

The program’s capstone project provides you with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge you gain in the classroom with real-world challenges. Capstone projects consist of practical work and research in a major area of health informatics with the goal of making an active contribution to the field. You initiate and design your capstone project in consultation with working health informatics professionals. Faculty members provide guidance and mentoring throughout the project.

Industry Demand:

Healthcare systems are 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, including utilizing new data mining technologies and artificial intelligence engines to improve clinical healthcare decision-making.

Yet as a new and rapidly evolving field—one in which job postings grew four times faster than healthcare positions in general between 2007 and 2011—there is an acute shortage of qualified talent to meet market needs.

What Our Students Say:

“Northeastern has excellent faculty who have advanced healthcare information technology industry knowledge and are associated with reputable healthcare organizations. There is a huge growth opportunity in this industry.”

- Rakesh Kamdar, MS Health Informatics



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: Yes, all students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Please speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Federal, state, University scholarship programs, and payment options are available.

Locale: Large City

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