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Mary Kennedy

Part-Time Lecturer


Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Mary Kennedy, 301 ME
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • The impact of health care information technology on patient experience
  • How health care information technology affects patients’ environment of care
  • Defining clinical informatics competency


  • MS in Nursing, Boston University
  • BS in Nursing, Boston College


Mary Kennedy teaches Introduction to Health Care Informatics at the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University. She earned her master’s from Boston University and her bachelor’s from Boston College, Kennedy is also board certified in nursing informatics. Prior to joining Northeastern, Kennedy worked with healthcare organizations and solution vendors as both a clinical nurse and as an expert in health care information technology.

About me:

Where did you grow up?

Buffalo, New York. I grew up on the shores of Lake Erie. There were wonderful summers and white winters with the ‘lake effect’ snow that would arrive each December – or earlier!

What are the specifics of your educational background?

I graduated with a bachelor’s in nursing from Boston College and an MS in Nursing from Boston University. I am also Board Certified in Nursing Informatics. I studied in Boston because of the access to advanced healthcare organizations and clinical experts, but my professional life has exposed me to health care throughout the world.

What courses do you teach?

  • HINF5101 Intro to Health Informatics

What do find most rewarding about what you teach? Is there anything notable or unique about the kind of students that you teach?

I enjoy the multicultural aspect of my students as well as the mix of technical and clinical experience each student brings to class. It reflects the modern healthcare organization and makes for very interesting conversations.

What are the specifics of your industry experience?

I have a diverse background. I started my professional career as a Clinical Nurse and became interested in technology as we started to build the electronic health records. In addition to my clinical leadership experience, I also have worked with a variety of healthcare organizations and solution vendors. I always try to bring the clinical and patient perspective into technical applications and solutions.