Applications for September are due December 15. Applications may be submitted after that date but will not receive priority review. Applications must be submitted electronically.

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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.

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.