Applications for September are due January 20. After that, they will continue to be accepted until slots are full. Applications must be submitted electronically.

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Once logged in, select the college (Computer and Information Science) and then the program (Personal Health Informatics).

Admission Criteria and Requirements

We anticipate that strong applicants to the PhD in Personal Health Informatics program will have some experience in both technology design/development and health, solid grades in past coursework, and outstanding recommendation letters.

You must meet one of the following criteria:

  • A bachelor’s or higher degree in a technical discipline (e.g., computer science, information science, computer systems engineering) with either academic coursework or work experience demonstrating a commitment to working in health.
  • A bachelor’s or higher degree in a health science discipline (e.g., nursing, medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy, public health, psychology) with either academic coursework in technology (such as programming or design) or work experience in the development, adaptation, or evaluation of consumer- or patient-facing health technology.

If you do not have programming skills, you may be advised to take one or more introductory programming courses prior to entry.

You must also meet these requirements:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or equivalent.
  • Minimum GRE General Test score of 1200 (roughly 308 in new system).
  • Minimum GRE Analytic Writing score of 3.5.
  • Demonstrated English proficiency with minimum TOEFL Internet-based test score of 105 (computerized test score of 260), or equivalent (international applicants only).

Application Process

You must submit the following materials online:

  • Transcript(s)
  • Research statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Three reference letters
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL score (international applicants only)

All scores can be sent directly from ETS using the following codes:

  • Institutional Code 3679
  • GRE Department Code 0402
  • TOEFL Department Code 78

Program applications will be evaluated by an admissions committee comprising members of the Personal Health Informatics doctoral program faculty. Applications received by the priority deadline will be reviewed first and are most likely to receive funded offers, but strong applications received after this time will also be considered.

Research Statement

The research statement should describe your background, experience, and interest in graduate school and research. Evidence of prior research experience should be highlighted. In addition, the statement should address:

  • Why you wish to pursue a PhD in Personal Health Informatics versus another field.
  • Your technical experience, strengths, and areas that need improvement to work in personal health informatics.
  • Your prior exposure to working in health and wellness, and how that experience may impact the work you want to do at Northeastern.