Saturday, March 14, 2009

Master of Science in Medical Informatics at Northwestern University

The Master of Science in Medical Informatics at Northwestern University is offered in partnership with the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. This program is offered online and seems like it's a terrific program. When I was applying to colleges, I applied to Northwestern as my 2nd choice college. Since I got accepted to MIT, I went to Boston. But sometimes I wonder how my life would have turned out if I had gone to Chicago instead of Boston. I suppose I'll never know. Speaking of MIT, they actually offer a program in biomedical informatics through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). If I could go back to MIT to study, I think I'd be torn between the biomedical informatics program and an MBA program at the Sloan School of Management. Maybe someday they will develop a joint curriculum that will be a joint MBA/MS for people who have a strong interest in business and biomedical informatics.

Careers in medical informatics are very broad and include areas like: health care administration; management; consulting; health IT; public health; research; academia; and much more.


  1. This Master looks really good.
    Joseph, do you think in order to be admitted in this kind of program you need to have a background in deep computer like programing etc. And if this will be the desirable, what kind of programing should be necessary to learn - assuming u are a beginner- for being more competitive?

  2. In the case of Northwestern University, they seem to have 2 tracks: 1) clinical; 2) technical. Therefore, it really depends on your background.