Health Informatics, MS

About Health Informatics

The master of science in health informatics is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

The master of science in health informatics is offered through the Department of Health Administration and Policy in the College of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Volgenau School of Engineering. This master's program prepares students to become health information systems specialists, health data analysts, managers, and consultants in health information technology (health IT) firms, health care/service organizations and their business partners, as well as public health entities. Graduates of the master's program will be familiar with emerging technologies and be prepared to analyze, design, and manage evolving health information systems for a wide variety of clinical, administrative, and research purposes. Depending on selected courses, students can specialize in areas such as health data analytics (including Big Data), privacy and security, or general health informatics.

This graduate-level master's program develops a general understanding of health care systems, health data, information and policy, combining it with knowledge of health IT solutions and practical skills. Graduates from the program not only understand underlying issues, but also design solutions and analyze health data.

Have more questions about the field of health informatics? Read our FAQ.

Mission

The mission of the Master of Science in Health Informatics at George Mason University is to provide students with a graduate education that will further their careers as leaders and innovators in health informatics. The program combines healthcare, medical and information technology domains, and places particular emphasis on the interdisciplinary collaboration between these fields. We prepare health informatics professionals with knowledge of healthcare industry and technology solutions, in conjunctions with practical skills needed in this dynamically evolving field. The program’s goal is to prepare graduates to be able to effectively analyze complex health data, manage evolving health information systems (ranging from evaluation of information needs to design, development, acquisition, implementation, operation and improvement) and support the increased adoption and use of electronic health records.

Curriculum Information

Most courses are taught in the evening on the Fairfax Campus, and some courses are taught online. Although not all coursework can be completed online, the number of courses available online increases every year.

Curriculum

The 34-39 credit program curriculum includes core courses taken by all students. Students choose one elective course from each of these four content groups: Software for Health Informatics (Group I), Statistics and Research Methods (Group II), Advanced Topics in Health Informatics (Group III), and Policy and Regulatory Conformance (Group IV).

After completing course work, and with permission of the advisor, students can choose between a Capstone Practicum (4 credits) or a Master’s Thesis (6 credits). Both options require two semesters to complete. The program curriculum, including short descriptions of the required courses, is available from George Mason University's Catalog. Course syllabi from previous semesters are available.

For examples of our students’ practicum projects, read summaries of the spring 2016 (pdf) and summer 2016 (pdf) capstone presentations.

Course Sequence

Most courses should be taken in order. Examples of both full- and part-time course sequences are available. Students are not required to strictly follow one of these sequences as long as course prerequisites are satisfied. Students can complete their degree at their own pace provided that they do so within six years of starting the program. Some required courses are available only in the spring or fall semesters. All students are assigned graduate advisors who are also faculty in the program. Your advisor will help select the best courses to benefit your future career, and will help plan the most optimal sequence of courses.

Admissions

You can find information regarding the admissions process, requirements, deadlines, and fees on the Graduate Admissions for HAP Programs web site. Detailed admissions requirements for each program along with the online application can be found on the University Admissions web site.

Please contact the CHHS Office of Graduate Admissions at chhsgrad@gmu.edu or 703-993-1736 with all application questions. A summary of admissions requirements is listed below.

George Mason University Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to be considered.

George Mason University Admissions Standards

Admission to the program is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic background, results of standardized exams (if required by the program), work experience, and any additional evidence of potential success in the program.

Program Admission Standards

A minimum GPA of 3.25 is preferred. Preferred applicants should have a background in information technology or health care; however, the background is not required to be admitted and succeed in the program. Students planning to change their careers are encouraged to contact an informatics advisor to discuss the program and its requirements. For these students it is also particularly important to describe in the goals statement how they envision themselves in the informatics field.

Application Materials

Fall Deadline

April 1

Spring Deadline

November 1

International Students 

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for the MS in Health Informatics is 51.2706, listed as Medical Informatics. It is considered a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field. International students who wish to apply to Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training (CPT/OPT) opportunities when graduating from the program should contact George Mason's Office of International Programs and Services.

Questions?

Please visit our department’s Health Informatics FAQs for questions about the program and Admissions FAQs for information about the admissions process. For questions about the graduate admissions process, including transcripts, required documents and tests, and admissions forms, please contact the CHHS Office of Graduate Admissions at chhsgrad@gmu.edu or 703-993-1736

For questions specifically related to the health informatics program, including academics, or to talk with faculty and decide if the program is appropriate for you, please email us hap@gmu.edu or contact the program coordinator.

Janusz Wojtusiak

Janusz Wojtusiak
Associate Professor
Chief, Informatics Program
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