PHD opportunity in Northeastern University (Boston, USA)

Northeastern University has funded Ph.D. openings for September, 2017 in its transdisciplinary doctoral program in Personal Health Informatics. For a full program description, see

Applications for priority admission and funding are due by January 20, 2017.

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Northeastern’s Ph.D. in Personal Health Informatics (PHI) is a transdisciplinary doctoral program focused on educating top researchers in the theoretical underpinnings, design, evaluation, and dissemination of consumer- and patient-facing health systems. The program emphasizes personal health technologies–systems that non-health professionals interact with directly, both in and out of a clinical setting, and in various life stages of illness and wellness. Examples include:

  • ·       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 health and wellness support networks
  • ·       Social computing tools that promote health advocacy in community settings

PHI students learn how 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. A key goal is to produce generalizable theories that will fundamentally change our scientific understanding and support of human health and behavior.

The joint degree program combines a strong core curriculum in human-computer interaction, software interface design and development, health behavior theory, research methods, and experimental design.

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 traditional doctoral degree programs in computer science and medical and health informatics.

Northeastern University is located in Boston, Massachusetts. Northeastern’s campus is within walking distance to top hospitals and medical research organizations, creating ample collaborative opportunities for doctoral students in one of the leading cities in medical innovation in the world.

For more information on the program, Northeastern Personal Health Informatics faculty and students, and Northeastern, see

Amy S. Lu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

College of Arts, Media & Design

Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Northeastern University

360 Huntington Ave

204 Lake Hall

Boston, MA, 02115

O: 617.373.7839

F: 617.373.8533


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