Accepted applicants to Northeastern’s Physician Assistant Program have the opportunity to pursue a joint degree, the PA/MSHI, which is offered by Physician Assistant Studies Program in conjunction with the Graduate Program in Health Informatics. Enrolling in the PA/MSHI Program allows these students to earn two degrees in a shorter amount of time than it would to earn them separately, saving time and money, while preparing students to become leaders in managing and using information and information technology to improve health care.
Earn two advanced degrees at once
Prepare to be a leader in the future of health care
Broaden your academic training to the application of information and information technology to health care
Students enrolled in the dual degree program take classes that meet the curriculum requirements for both an MS in Physician Assistant Studies and an MS in Health Informatics. The dual degree is structured to give students maximum flexibility while incorporating health informatics to complement their studies.
PA/MSHI students begin their program by taking the majority of their MSHI coursework online or on campus from January to mid-August before coming to campus at the end of August to begin their PA coursework. During the two years of the PA program, they complete the remainder of their MSHI coursework concurrently so that when they graduate, they are awarded their MS in Health Informatics at the same time as their MS in Physician Studies. Please see the sample course map below for more information (course sequence and timing may vary)
Strategic Management and Leadership in Health Care
Patient Engagement Informatics and Analytics
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 1
Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 1
Professional Issues for Physician Assistants
Principles of Medicine 1
Principles of Psychiatry
Anatomy & Physiology 2
Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 2
Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Methods
Principles of Medicine 2
Principles of Pediatrics
Principles of Surgery
Principles of Medicine 3
Principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Principles of Orthopedics
Aspects of Primary Care
Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
Aging and Rehabilitation Medicine
Evaluating Health Care Quality
Applied Study in Medicine
Applied Study in Ambulatory Medicine
Applied Study in Family Practice
Data Management in Health Care
Applied Study in Emergency Medicine
Applied Study in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Applied Study in Pediatrics
Applied Study in Surgery
Applied Study in Mental Health
Applied Study Elective
*During the Capstone course, students will be required to demonstrate competency in the research methods required for PA practice.
Students in the PA/MSHI Program are able to save approximately 8 credits’ worth of tuition and a year of coursework by completing the two degrees at the same time.
To learn more about the curriculum requirements for the PA and MSHI degrees, please visit those programs’ pages for more information.
Interested applicants must apply via CASPA according to the same process that is outlined on the Admissions section of this website. In addition to the application requirements outlined there, those applicants who would like to be considered for the dual degree must include a personal statement that addresses the following:
What are your current physician assistant and health informatics-related career goals?
How will a master’s degree in health informatics help you attain your career goals?
The personal statement should be approximately two to three double-spaced pages in length and can included any other information you feel might be useful to the Admissions Committee.