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Personal Health Informatics at Northeastern University

Funded positions available – Priority admissions deadline Dec 15, 2016 (read more)

The transition from centralized, provider-centric to personalized, patient-focused care requires researchers to cross the boundaries of public health, medicine, and social and computer sciences.

The PHI doctoral program is committed to educating future leaders who will transform healthcare and empower individuals to lead healthier, more engaged, higher quality lives by providing its students with a rigorous yet flexible and transdisciplinary education.

PHI graduates will be the scientists of the future, creating novel ways to improve health by conducting principled, data-driven, participant-engaged research that builds on cutting-edge discoveries in behavioral and social sciences, health sciences, computation, and data science, and produces generalizable theories that will fundamentally change our scientific understanding and support of human health and behavior.

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

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.

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