Leverage data-driven insights for improved healthcare outcomes

We provide students with a foundational understanding of data analytics in the healthcare sector, enabling you to leverage data-driven insights for improved healthcare outcomes. You will receive a comprehensive overview of healthcare data analytics in a condensed format, including a balanced mix of technical skills, data visualization, ethics, and advanced topics like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. 

You will achieve proficiency in the essential tools and techniques for healthcare data analytics, encompassing programming languages, data visualization platforms, and a variety of statistical analysis methods.

You will become adept at understanding, interpreting, and analyzing complex healthcare datasets. This skill set enables you to extract meaningful insights that can inform healthcare decisions and strategies.


You will cultivate the ability to apply advanced statistical methods and construct sophisticated models. These skills are essential for addressing the unique challenges of healthcare data, including small sample sizes and longitudinal studies.


You will learn to apply time series analysis to healthcare data, which is critical for forecasting trends and making informed decisions based on historical patterns.

You will master advanced data wrangling techniques, ensuring data quality and preparing datasets for complex analyses that drive healthcare innovation and improvement.

This program is asynchronous and can be taken over 12 months, three semesters.


Overview of the Application Process

We welcome applications with a baccalaureate degree who seek to become leaders in data analytics.

Application Deadline

Now accepting applications for programs starting: Fall 2024  & Spring 2025  

We are now accepting applications on a rolling admissions basis. If you have any questions, please email us at Admissions [at] mghihp.edu (Admissions[at]mghihp[dot]edu).

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All applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants that have earned a degree from a non-US institution are required to submit a course-by-course credential evaluation, see “Transcript” section. 

Prerequisite Course

There are no prerequisite courses required to apply for this program.  

Applicants are encouraged to have taken a Statistics course and/or have had experience, or familiarity, with computer programming languages, such as R. Your familiarity could have been gained in formal coursework, or through work experience/independent study, but is not required to apply to the program. Please contact the Data Analytics program if you have any questions related to this.

Learn more about our online prereqs or select an MGH Institute course below to view its description.

  • Introductory Statistics (3 credits) (Please be advised this course uses a different statistical software package than the one used/taught in the program.)

The language of instruction and clinical education at the MGH Institute is English and a high level of proficiency in both written and spoken English is required.  Applicants who have not completed either an undergraduate or graduate program where English is the language of instruction must demonstrate English Language proficiency as part of your application to the MGH Institute of Health Professions.  If you have questions about the language requirements, please contact the Office of Admissions.

  • Applicants who are citizens of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Guyana, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • Applicants who are candidates for graduation from an accredited degree-granting program in the United States or at an English-speaking school in one of the countries listed above are also not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Acceptance to the IHP will be contingent upon successful completion of this degree prior to matriculation.

Please note that in some circumstances, demonstrating English language proficiency may be required by the academic program even if you are a citizen of a country in which the (or one of the) national language(s) is English. Decisions about the need for TOEFL or IELTS scores are at the discretion of the academic program to which you are applying in coordination with the department of OES.

The IHP accepts either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The test must have been taken within two years of the application deadline and official score reports are required. The minimum TOEFL (internet-based) score accepted is 89 and the minimum IELTS score accepted is 6.5.  

  • To forward your TOEFL score please contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  The MGH Institute of Health Professions code is 3513.
  • For IELTS, a Test Report Form may be mailed to MGH Institute of Health Professions and score information will be verified by the IHP directly. You may designate up to 5 schools to receive Test Report Forms at the time you register for the test.  To request additional Test Report Forms, contact your test center.

Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions about the MGH Institute’s English Language requirements. 

Applicants are required to submit a transcript from each college and/or university attended, even if a degree was not received from that institution. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted throughout the application process, and official transcripts will be required of all accepted and enrolled students, prior to matriculation. For transcripts to be considered official they must be in their original signed and sealed envelopes when received.

Unofficial transcripts uploaded after application submission must include, 1) The name of the institution and 2) list the student’s name, and 3) contain a transcript legend. If an unofficial transcript is received without this information, it will not be accepted. Grade reports and copies of diplomas, or screenshots of a document will not be accepted.  

For official transcripts, the Office of Admissions strongly encourages the use of online electronic transcript ordering which can be sent admissions [at] mghihp.edu (directly via email) to admissions. If this is not an option and your institution does not participate in electronic transcript delivery, please request official transcripts to be sent to the mailing address listed below:

Admission Office
MGH Institute of Health Professions
36 First Avenue
Boston, MA 02129

Foreign Transcripts: Applicants that have earned a degree from a non-US institution are required to submit a course-by-course credential evaluation from one of the following NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) members: Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., SpanTran: The Evaluation Company, World Education Services (WES), or the Center for Educational Documentation. If you earned your bachelor's degree outside of the U.S. this credential evaluation must document minimum equivalency of a US baccalaureate degree or higher.

Statement of Intent

All applicants are required to compose an essay that addresses the following: 

  1. The reason you have applied to this program & MGH Institute of Health Professions
  2. How your past experiences (academic, personal, and/or extracurricular) have influenced your decision to apply
  3. Your specific area of interest and any applicable knowledge of statistics and/or programming skills
  4. Personal characteristics that will contribute to your success
  5. How completion of this program will assist you in reaching your professional goals.  

Essays should be 12 pt. font, double spaced, and no more than three pages in total. The statement of intent should be uploaded directly to your online application. 

(Optional) Diversity Statement  

All applicants will have the option to submit diversity statement:

​MGH Institute of Health Professions is committed to an inclusive campus climate that welcomes students who will enrich the diversity of thought and perspective, and therefore, enhance the learning experiences for all.

Essays should be typed, double-spaced, and no more than three pages in total. The (optional) diversity statement of intent should be uploaded directly to your online application. Please Answer the following below: 

​In what ways might you personally contribute to improving the experience of the campus as a welcoming and inclusive place to learn?

Recommendation Letters

Applicants are required to provide two recommendation letters. All recommendations are processed through our online application. Please provide contact information for each recommender within your online application.

Recommendation letters should come from individuals who are able to address your academic ability, character and integrity, as well as your potential for graduate professional study. Furthermore, at least one letter should come from an academic reference and one should come from a professional reference.

Resume or CV

Applicants are required to submit a current resume or CV.

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Who Should Get This Certificate?

Content is applicable to healthcare professionals like nurses or administrators, data professionals who want to specialize in the healthcare sector, and scholars and academics involved in healthcare research.

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Growing Demand for Skilled Professionals

The rise of AI, machine learning, and other advanced technologies is generating vast amounts of data daily, from electronic health records to wearable health devices. The need to analyze this data for better patient outcomes is driving demand.

Faculty Working in the Field

Benefit from a faculty with strong affiliations to Mass General Brigham, ensuring your education is rooted in real-world expertise and relevance.

Nicole Danaher-Garcia, PhD

Assistant Professor Health Professions Education Healthcare Data Analytics

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Senior Data Analyst Institutional Research & Effectiveness Term Lecturer, Healthcare Data Analytics

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Term Lecturer Healthcare Data Analytics

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Program Director Adjunct Assistant Professor Healthcare Data Analytics