Personal Health Informatics at Northeastern University
Funded positions available – Priority admissions deadline Dec 15 (read more)

Northeastern University’s interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Personal Health Informatics prepares researchers to design and evaluate technologies that improve health and wellness with the potential to transform healthcare. The joint degree program combines a strong curriculum in human-computer interface technology and experimental design in health sciences.

Personal health technologies are those that non-health professionals interact with directly, both in and out of a clinical setting and in various life stages of illness and wellness.

Example areas of research and study:

  • Consumer wellness promotion technologies
  • Automated patient education and counseling systems
  • Personal health records and portals
  • Assistive technologies that aid persons with special needs
  • Automated eldercare systems that support aging at home
  • Telemedicine and mobile health monitoring systems
  • Social networking systems connecting families and their medical support networks

Graduates will be prepared to succeed as faculty, industry scientific advisors and entrepreneurs. This program’s transdisciplinary nature and its focus on innovative technology to improve care from the patient’s perspective distinguishes it from doctoral degree programs in computer science and medical and health informatics.

What can you do with a PhD in Personal Health Informatics?