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Open Rank – Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Digital Health and Social Justice

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Position Type: Faculty Full-time (Tenure/Tenure Track)
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: Bouve College of Health Sciences


Assistant/ Associate/ Full Professor in Digital Health and Social Justice


About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus. Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research. Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


The Bouvé College of Health Sciences has over 200 faculty members, with approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students. It is the leading national model for education and research in the health, psychosocial and biomedical sciences and supports the University’s mission of educating students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment and creating and translating knowledge to meet global and societal needs. The Department of Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary department in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, one of nine colleges at Northeastern University. We provide a world-class education in a broad range of public health and clinical careers that promote the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and populations in culturally diverse contexts. We are committed to evidence-based research and research translation to eliminate health disparities. Our department is a unique, transdisciplinary setting that incorporates teaching, learning, and serving, in a rapidly evolving, multicultural environment that includes perspectives based on diversity by race, ethnicity, class, ability, language, gender, sexuality, age and nationality. The Department currently includes 45 faculty engaged in research, teaching, and practice, many of whom are jointly appointed in other schools within Bouvé and in other colleges across the University. The department is undergoing a significant, multi-year expansion in size and scope and has increased by 25% in full-time faculty and over 150% in graduate students since 2017. Our undergraduate program has experienced even more robust growth, increasing from 127 students in 2008 to over 900 in 2021. The department is playing a central role in expanding public health programs university-wide.

About the Opportunity:

The Bouvé College of Health Sciences is rapidly growing its faculty in the emerging areas of health/healthcare data science and digital health.  As part of a large cluster hire, the Department of Health Sciences seeks an open rank (assistant/associate/full professor) scholar who advances Northeastern University’s strategic goals in public health and health equity by conducting research on the collection, analysis, visualization, or use of health data as a tool for empowering, informing, innovating, and improving patient and population health and wellness.


This faculty member will build strength in the social justice and ethical dimensions of health data acquisition, health data analytics, or health technological innovation, championing new approaches with interdisciplinary collaborations.  The department construes health data science broadly. The rapidly increasing and omnipresent collection of health and wellness data highlights the need not only to innovate using such data, but also to understand and address the impacts of data ownership, fidelity, and dissemination on social and environmental justice and health disparities among traditionally underserved communities and populations.


The successful candidate will be based out of the Boston campus, appointed in the Department of Health Sciences in the Bouvé College and will be jointly appointed at another department/college at the university (to be determine based on the candidates’ expertise). The candidate will also engage undergraduate and graduate teaching and student advising, lead/participate in experiential learning opportunities for students, such as capstones and research, as well as serving in dissertation committees, and engaging in service activities in the Department, College, and University. We seek individuals who can leverage their program of research to facilitate collaborations with other Colleges and nodes of Northeastern global university system (the Network), who are interested in health/healthcare data science and digital health broadly represented across disciplines and bring innovative pedagogical methods into undergraduate, graduate and professional lifelong learning.



A Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in Health Informatics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Public Health, Population Health, Computer Science, Data Science, or a related field required by the appointment start date. Candidates must articulate or demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate/graduate teaching expertise and a record of interdisciplinary scholarly achievement commensurate with rank. The successful applicant will have a robust research portfolio and demonstrate extramural funding or the promise to secure such funding.

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Additional Information:

Interested candidates should apply here with a curriculum vita that includes a list of publications, statements addressing the prompts below, and at least three reference letters. Applications will be reviewed beginning on December 1, 2021. Questions can be directed to Prof. Stephen Intille (


Successful faculty at Northeastern will be dynamic and innovative scholars with a record of research and teaching excellence and a commitment to contributing to improved equity, diversity, and inclusion. Thus, strong candidates for this faculty position will have the expertise, knowledge, and skills to build their research, pedagogy, and curriculum in ways that reflect and enhance this commitment. Please indicate how your expertise, knowledge, and skills have prepared you to contribute to this work with written statements addressing the following prompts:


Research statement:

Please describe the focus of your research, including the questions you have identified, the funding you have received to support the work (if applicable), the results you have discovered, and the products of these efforts. Please also describe any research you have undertaken with students, with the external community, and/or with individuals from marginalized groups. Finally, please outline the research directions you foresee pursuing in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences.


Teaching statement:

Please summarize your past instructional and mentorship expertise, your pedagogical philosophy, your plans/goals for teaching in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences (including existing and proposed courses), and your strategies for teaching and mentoring a diverse cohort of undergraduate and graduate students.


Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity statement:

Please provide an example of a time when you altered or changed your approach to research, teaching, or service because of the diversity of the group you were working with or your awareness of marginalized populations. What changes did you make? Did they have the effects that you hoped for at the time? What did you learn from this situation? How would you expect to apply what you learned from this situation as a faculty member in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences? We are interested in how you handled and learned from a past situation, not the identities of the people involved, so please only disclose what you are comfortable with.


Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

Northeastern has identified health as one of three major University-wide interdisciplinary strategic initiatives, and the University is making a significant investment in interdisciplinary health research with faculty hires in the last few years in data science and visualization (with a health data emphasis), environmental health, global health, health economics, health systems, health policy, personal health informatics, and population health.


At Northeastern University, we embrace a culture of respect, where each person is valued for their contribution and is treated fairly. We oppose all forms of racism. We support a culture that does not tolerate any form of discrimination and where each person may belong. We strive to have a diverse membership, one where each person is trained and mentored to promote their success.


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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