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Masters Degrees

Global Health, MS

The MS in global health prepares students to conduct multidisciplinary research on health issues of global importance. Students complete course work in epidemiology and biostatistics, international health systems and organizations, refugee and internally displaced people health issues, and global health research. 

Health Informatics, MS

The master of science in health informatics provides students with highly specialized knowledge and skills needed to support the adoption and use of health information systems and data analytic applications for a variety of clinical, administrative, and research purposes. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Health Policy, MS

This 42-credit hour master's program provides students with the skills necessary to become health policy decision makers at the local, state, and national levels; consultants; or public health advocates in the United States and abroad. Applications are accepted for both fall and spring admissions.

Health Systems Management, MHA

This master's program prepares future executives to assume leadership positions in health care organizations. We prepare health care professionals with strategic, business, analytic, and decision-making skills needed to successfully navigate the evolving health care industry.

The MHA program is available in either an on-campus or online format. Both formats use the same curriculum. Online format courses are taken one at a time. Each online format course lasts 8 weeks.

Nurse Educator Concentration, MSN

Nurse educators have a critical role in promoting competent and safe practice and quality health care for patients. (The National Staff Development and Training Association Web site).  These highly skilled nurses have a passion to improve health outcomes by ensuring that the workforce approach to healthcare remains current and relies on evidenced-based knowledge. This program will help you develop skills to evaluate information and design curriculum and program development.

Nurse Practitioner Concentration, MSN

The College of Health and Human Services offers an innovative MSN track to prepare nurse practitioners in primary care.  The program is a competency-based curriculum as studentsl gain the necessary knowledge and skills to provide holistic care to individuals, families, and populations across the health continuum; graduates are highly regarded and have historically readily found employment upon graduation. Our graduates pass their respective certification exams through the ANCC (FNP, AGNP) well above the national mean.

Nursing Administration Concentration, MSN

As respected leaders in health care, nurse executives develop strategic organizational plans for implementation of evidence-based patient care. Their aim is to shape health care through innovative and expert nursing leadership. These nurse leaders work to assure a therapeutic and secure work environment in which nurses can practice high quality, cost effective, and safe patient care for the 21st century. (American Organization of Nurse Executives Web Site, 2012-2014 Strategic Plan)

Nutrition, MS

The master of science in nutrition program emphasizes a skill set tailored to expanding nutrition-related needs. Students learn to assess, evaluate, and intervene in the most current and relevant nutrition issues. The curriculum prepares graduates to work for agencies, businesses, and organizations that seek to improve nutrition at the local, national, and global level. This program also prepares students to engage in further study for research careers in nutrition.

Public Health, MPH

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the foremost professional degree, recognized worldwide, for those wishing to enter or advance in the field of public health. Our MPH program prepares students with the foundational public health knowledge and competencies to address the most pressing and emerging health problems through seven concentrations:

Social Work, MSW

George Mason's accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) program, which began in the fall of 2002, prepares students for advanced social work practice. Our MSW program provides students with an initial Generalist year, followed by a year of Specialized study. Students have the option of enrolling under a two-year, three-year, or four-year plan. Those who have earned a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program may qualify for the Advanced Standing program.

Graduate Certificates

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

This certificate prepares students for the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP) role through formal study in the theory and practice of advanced practice psychiatric nursing in a variety of practice settings within the health care delivery system. Graduates will be eligible for prescriptive authority and will have the potential to perform a variety of mental health services, including medication management and psychotherapy. Course and practice content focus on the assessment and management of serious mental illness.

Food Security, Graduate Certificate

Food security and food safety are issues of growing concern by government agencies, multilateral organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Despite many longstanding efforts, it is estimated that up to one billion people across the globe are hungry and food insecure in both developing and industrialized countries, including the United States.

Gerontology, Graduate Certificate

Older adults are the fastest growing sector of today’s population. The interdisciplinary nature of gerontology makes this graduate certificate ideal for students interested in pursuing or advancing careers as an elder law attorney, a certified geriatric pharmacist, a strategic policy analyst, an educational gerontologist, and much more. This certificate will provide you with important knowledge and skills to better serve the older adult population.

Health Informatics and Data Analytics, Graduate Certificate

The health informatics and data analytics certificate prepares clinicians and health care managers, as well as information technology (IT) professionals to develop and manage health information technology systems. Certificate course work stresses the impact of technology on outcomes and quality of health care services. Students in the program can focus on general health informatics or health data analytics.

Nursing Education Graduate Certificate

This program combines foundation courses in education with courses in the principles and practices of nursing education. It prepares students to function in nursing educational roles in academic and nonacademic settings.

Nutrition, Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in nutrition prepares students to apply nutrition principles and the latest scientific evidence and methods of nutrition to health practice and research among different populations. The program emphasizes understanding the role of nutrition in population health and well-being and the development of skills required in the practice, analysis, and interpretation of nutrition-related information and data among individuals and populations.

Public Health, Graduate Certificate

We offer a Graduate Certificate in Public Health in two concentrations: Generalist and Leadership and Management. Certificates prepare students with the fundamental skills and knowledge to meet the workforce demands of contemporary public health practice. Each concentration provides working professionals an opportunity to advance their career and education at their own pace.

Rehabilitation Science, Graduate Certificate

The Institute of Medicine defines rehabilitation science as "a field of study that encompasses basic and applied aspects of the health sciences, social sciences, and engineering. It is the melding of knowledge from several disciplines to understand the fundamental nature of the enabling–disabling process." The graduate certificate in rehabilitation science prepares students to apply research and statistical techniques to the study of the enabling–disabling process. It is designed for students interested in rehabilitation-related careers who already have a bachelor’s degree. 

Doctoral Degrees

Health Services Research, PhD

This post-master’s multidisciplinary program focuses on analytical and data-driven methods for examination of the social, political, economic and technological forces that affect the organization, financing, delivery and regulation of health care services. Students in the program acquire the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to creatively research complex health and health system problems.

Nursing, DNP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is nursing's highest professional practice degree. George Mason's School of Nursing offers an innovative DNP program including post-baccalaureate (BSN to DNP) and post-master's (MSN to DNP) options. The DNP program provides an opportunity for nurses to become experts as nurse practitioners and nurse administrators. Emphasis is placed on evaluating and applying the evidence that supports practice, understanding and creating practice delivery systems based on patient outcomes, and assuming leadership roles in practice settings.

Nursing, PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) prepares scholars who will pursue intellectual inquiry and creative scholarship through independent and collaborative research, advance nursing science, and provide leadership to the nursing profession. Students will develop a depth of knowledge in their scientific emphasis area through required course work and mentored research experience, selection of supporting electives, independent study, and dissertation research.

Rehabilitation Science, PhD

The PhD in rehabilitation science program at George Mason University engages students to develop as scientists across the spectrum of clinical to translational research. Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty mentor students through active involvement in their own research programs. Students develop a broad understanding of the field of rehabilitation science in addition to specializing in a topic of their choice.

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