Develop basic knowledge about the identification and use of data in the public health field.


A minor in Population Health Informatics and Technology will allow you to become a part of a growing field in public health in which you'll use computer sciences and data to drive the planning, implementation, and evaluation of population health interventions in public health and health care settings.

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What is PHIT?

The field of Public Health Informatics and Technology (PHIT) is focused on the business of collecting, storing, managing, analyzing, using, and sharing public health data in order to more efficiently and effectively impact population health.


The minor in Population Health Informatics and Technology consists of 18 credits. This multidisciplinary minor draws upon departments from across the university, including courses in computer science, public health and business.

Required courses (12 credits)

Sample required courses include:

Electives (6 credits)

Students need to work with their advisors to select electives. They cannot take elective courses from the college that houses their major.

Visit the Academic Catalog for a complete listing of courses and requirements.

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Career Opportunities

Students completing the PHIT minor, in combination with an undergraduate major, will acquire a unique mix of public health knowledge and information technology skills, preparing them to work in such healthcare settings as:
  • Health departments
  • Nonprofits
  • Community health centers
This project is supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number 90PH0001/01-00, title “Enhancing the Public Health IT Workforce in the Merrimack Valley,” total award amount of $3,319,974. This information or content and conclusion are those of the author and should be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsement be inferred by ONC, HSS, or the U.S. Government.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact: 

Lawreta Kankam
Program Academic Advisor