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Craig Johnson

Part-Time Lecturer


Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Craig Johnson, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Research Interests

  • Business application of machine learning and decision support in healthcare


  • MS in Applied Mathematics and Operations Research, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute
  • BS in Mathematics, Middlebury College


Craig Johnson is a thought leader, innovator, entrepreneur, and part-time faculty in the healthcare informatics graduate program at Northeastern University. He started his career as a data scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he developed a communication planning application for deep spacecraft, supporting the Pioneer, Voyager, and Galileo missions. He brought that experience to healthcare and applied technology to complex prediction, scheduling, planning, resource allocation, and campaign management problems. Johnson is currently co-founder and chief science/technology officer at Decision Point Healthcare and founder and principal consultant at Synthesis Health Systems.

About Craig

What are your research interests?

After straying into management roles in information technology since my days at NASA’s JPL, I have settled back into creating innovative technology solutions that help healthcare organizations engage with at-risk member patients. My passion is better understanding the underlying business problem and figuring out what blending of technologies can be solutioned to address that problem.

What courses do you teach?

I teach Business Application of Decision Support in Healthcare and Data Management in Healthcare.

What do you enjoy most or find most rewarding about what you teach?

I really enjoy bringing my industry experience to the classroom. I tend to focus less on theory and more on the application of technology in the real world, specifically sharing real-world examples of barriers to successful implementation.

What are the specifics of your industry experience?

I started my career as a data scientist at NASA’s JPL, where I developed a hybrid heuristic mathematical optimization platform for spacecraft communication planning. Since moving to healthcare, I’ve held multiple IT management positions, ultimately holding the position of chief information officer at a healthplan. Since then, I have been consulting to healthplans and hospitals. Most recently, I co-founded a healthcare engagement analytics company.