Make a difference in health care.

Health informatics is a rapidly growing field that strives to improve the quality and safety of patient care. With a firm foundation in information technology and computer science, our students tackle critical issues — like how to improve healthcare information security, manage clinical workflow tasks, provide information systems which support research and clinicians' work, and control health information databases — and solve real-world problems.

Through hands-on learning our students can learn about tele-health, Electronic Health Records implementation, and other exciting transformations in the health care industry. Alongside our experienced faculty, you'll apply concepts, theories and practices to achieve better health outcomes.

Our students are well-prepared for careers in IT departments at hospitals, health care centers, and in companies developing software for the health care industry.

Program Requirements
  • CS 112 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CS 113 GUI and Event-Driven Programming
  • CS 225 Health Informatics
  • MATH 118 Introduction to Statistics
  • CS 227 Computer Networks
  • CS 327 Cybersecurity
  • CS 333 Database Management Systems
  • CS 321 Web Centric Programming and Web Technologies
  • CS 343 or LIS 486 Systems Analysis
  • PHIL 131 Biomedical Ethics

One of the following:

  • SNHS 450 The Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • MGMT 120 Introduction to Health Systems
  • MBAH 448 Health Care IT (with permission of instructor)

Independent Learning: To be satisfied in the IT department of a hospital or HMO or at a company which develops software for the health care industry.

Electives: Students are strongly urged to select two or more of the following, depending on their specific interest and in consultation with their advisors:

  • SOCI 241 Society and Health
  • BIOL 346 Epidemiology
  • MATH 227 Biostatistical Design and Analysis
  • MGMT 110 Financial Accounting
  • MGMT 100 Foundations of Business and Management

Students should also consult with their advisors about the possibilities of a minor in Biology, Management, or Public Health.

Customize Your Program
You'll work with your advisor to tailor a program to your interests and career goals. Simmons offers many options for customizing your studies, including dual majors, accelerated programs and a wide variety of complementary minors.
Internships and Research
Hands-on research experience is a key part of a Simmons science education. Research opportunities are open to students as early as the freshman year. Many students also complete internships. Students have been placed at industry, government, nonprofits, and academic institutions. Quite often an internship will lead to a job upon graduation.
    • Nanette Veilleux
    • Director of Computer Science and Informatics Program
    • Phone: 617-521-2705
    • Office: P212E
    • Amber Stubbs
    • Assistant Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2807
    • Office: P212C
    Bruce Tis
    • Bruce Tis
    • Associate Professor, Computer Science
    • Phone: 617-521-2703
    • Office: P212D
How to Apply

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