About the Department
PJ Maddox, Ed.D.
Chair, Department of
Located in the Washington, DC suburbs of Northern Virginia, the George Mason University Department of Health Administration and Policy (HAP) has been nationally and internationally recognized for its innovative curriculum, providing students the skills to succeed as leaders in both the U.S. and global healthcare systems. The mission of the department is to provide education, service and research that contribute to improving the quality of care and delivery of healthcare services. The department accomplishes this mission by preparing professionals for careers as executives and managers in acute and ambulatory care and senior housing/assisted living organizations, as well as specialists in health information systems and health informatics, healthcare risk management, and health policy.
Students within the department benefit by taking classes from faculty, adjunct instructors, and guest speakers recognized as leaders in their field, as well as from all levels of government and many of the nations’ premier healthcare organizations. The department is involved in research activities across the healthcare spectrum and collaborates with numerous public and private organizations. As part of its national role, the department collaborates with the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics to host the widely recognized Washington Health Policy Institute each summer.
Areas of Study
HAP offers both graduate and undergraduate degree programs, certificates and minors. The department’s graduate curriculum has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the nations’ “Top 40” programs in healthcare management (#36, 2012). The MHA in Health Systems Management, Concentration in Executive Management is additionally accredited by CAHME, the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. The undergraduate program in health administration is the largest in Virginia, and includes a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Administration certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
Students within the department benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of the programs and faculty which include the following areas of specialization: