For decades, technology has been changing the way we work, play, and manage our lives. As the world continues to change and new technology becomes available, important industries like public health must also shift and change. Be part of that change through Dominican University’s new health informatics offering in Public Health Informatics and Technology (PHIT).

Our interdisciplinary health informatics offering focusses on training students with data science, analysis and visualization skills through the lens of public health. Through PHI, you’ll enhance your career prospects in the growing data science field. The PHIT Minor/Concentration will allow you to develop your informatics skills through the lens of public health.

As part of your studies, you’ll participate in a paid internship, so you can put your skills into practice in a real-life PHIT environment. To help secure a great position, we’ve gathered a  group of partners to provide internships for our students, including Bon Secours Charity Health System, CorEvitas, Cornerstone Family Healthcare, EmpiRx Health, Mount Sinai Health System, and the New York State Department of Health. In addition, a dedicated PHIT Internship Coordinator will guide you in your internship placement and help you get the most out of your experience, whether at one of the above listed companies or elsewhere.

Dominican University is one of only 10 colleges to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to developing a PHIT program. As a result, your education will be on the cutting edge of this new and exciting industry. Also, Dominican University is the only institution in the tri-state area to have received this funding, so if you want to study public health informatics and technology in this part of the United States, Dominican University is the place to be.

We are so excited about your interest in our growing PHIT program. The mark you leave in this industry will have a lasting impact on public health for generations to come.

Do you PHIT?

Do you have a sense of mission to help improve lives?

Do you have a passion for analyzing data and solving puzzles?

Do you have an ability to ‘translate’ ideas to diverse people?

If you answered yes to these question, this program is right for you!

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A fascinating, job-ready public health informatics and technology offering that will open the door to many jobs of the future

The highest levels of personal support

Staff who are committed to your success

The finest small-university athletic program in the region

A spirited campus environment

Close proximity to New York City and three major airports

The Dominican Difference

Becoming a public health informaticist will open up paths that are literally just coming into view on the horizon – both in private and public sector institutions. Data skills will be key to success and social mobility for today’s students. This is a terrific opportunity to expand career options

Carrie Boericke, PHIT Program Manager


Full-time Faculty

Miles from NYC

100% of First-Time,
Full-Time Freshman Receive Financial Aid

Job Opportunities

With public health informatics and technology training you’ll be equipped to secure any of a wide range of jobs in the health sector. If a role involves handling health information/data, you’ll likely be qualified, and you could also pursue managerial positions within the health sector. Examples of places you might find employment include The Center for Disease Control, hospitals, community health centers, patient advocacy groups, health IT companies and more.

As this an evolving field, many of the job titles are changing rapidly.  However, here are just some of the existing job titles you could apply for once you’ve completed your health informatics course:

Program coordinator

Clinical informatics analyst

Health informatics specialist

Health informatics consultant

EHR implementation manager

Health information technology project manager

Program manager

What You’ll Learn

Public Health Informatics and Technology is a developing field that applies advances in data science to medicine in order to improve public health. It can be used to help communities cope with pandemics, address health disparities in various communities, find trends that enable health professionals to make the population healthier and safer, and prepare communities for possible disasters. You’ll develop skills in data science, data management and project management in the context of your interest in health care and population health.

You’ll begin your coursework with a PHIT course that introduces the program and career options with a focus on problem solving. You’ll examine case studies and how they are used to address communities’ health disparities by learning data analysis and visualization skills. You’ll learn how to leverage technology to improve public health. In addition to technical skills, you’ll also fine-tune a wide variety of soft skills. To put your skills to use, you’ll take part in realistic role-play exercises in which you will respond to a public health crisis, giving you valuable life-like experiences that will ensure you can hit the ground running in your future workplace.

Degree Details


The cost of attendance is an estimate of what it will cost to attend Dominican University for an academic year.

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The following Public Health Informatics and Technology courses will be available for the 2023/2024 academic year:

  • Introduction to Public Health Informatics (PHIT requirement)
  • Health Information Management
  • Data Literacy and Health Information Exchange (PHIT requirement)
  • Epidemiology
  • PHIT for Emergency Preparedness and Surveillance (PHIT requirement)


  • PHIT with a health science major — this is a great choice if you’re most passionate about working with medical professionals to improve the public health system
  • PHIT with an information technology major — this is a great choice if you’re more interested in analyzing data and identifying trends, so you can provide quality information to decision makers
  • PHIT minor — if you’re keen to learn data analysis skills to support you in decision-making, this minor is for you

Department Staff

Carrie Boericke

Carrie Boericke

PHIT Project Manager and Assistant Professor

Mary McLean-Hely

Mary McLean-Hely

Director of Online Education/Instructional Technologist, Interim Coordinator for Information Technology Program

Jonathan Delgado

Jonathan Delgado

Assistant Dean of Student Development & Title IX Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness Instructor

Denise Dawkins Weir

Denise Dawkins Weir

PHIT Internship Coordinator

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