PA/MSHI

Program Overview

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

Curriculum

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)

Semester MSHI Courses PA Courses
Spring
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Creation and Application of Medical Knowledge
Summer
  • Improving Patient Experience Through Informatics
  • Strategic Management and Leadership in Health Care
  • Patient Engagement Informatics and Analytics
Semester MSHI Courses PA Courses
Fall
  • Advanced Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Healthcare Delivery
  • Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 1
  • Pharmacology 1
  • Professional Issues for Physician Assistants
  • Principles of Medicine 1
  • Principles of Psychiatry
Spring
  • Anatomy & Physiology 2
  • Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 2
  • Pharmacology 2
  • Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Methods
  • Principles of Medicine 2
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Principles of Pediatrics
  • Principles of Surgery
Summer
  • 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
Semester MSHI Courses PA Courses
Fall
  • Evaluating Health Care Quality
  • Applied Study in Medicine
  • Applied Study in Ambulatory Medicine
  • Applied Study in Family Practice
Spring
  • Data Management in Health Care
  • Applied Study in Emergency Medicine
  • Applied Study in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Applied Study in Pediatrics
Summer
  • Capstone* (online)
  • 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.

Admissions

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.

The personal statement should be sent directly to the following address: paprogram@northeastern.edu

Admissions decisions will be rendered in October, at the same time PA Program decisions are given.

Contact Information

For questions related to PA/MSHI Program, please email paprogram@northeastern.edu.

Trenton Honda

Trenton Honda
PA Program Director
202 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.3195
t.honda@northeastern.edu

Dan Feinberg

Dan Feinberg, EdD, MBA
Director, Health Informatics Graduate Program
248 West Village H
Tel.: 617.373.5005
d.feinberg@northeastern.edu