This 15- to 18-credit certificate program prepares working clinicians and administrative support staff in health care organizations to implement quality improvement initiatives and to manage populations of patients to optimize efficiency and effectiveness of care and services. Participants learn to use the techniques of statistical process control, selected tools from operations research and quality improvement, information management technology, and qualitative decision-making applications to ultimately improve health service outcomes.
The certificate program is oriented towards individuals who want to achieve quality improvement targets and implement scientifically based outcomes management in the health industry. This includes organizational leaders, managers, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health information technologists and other healthcare professionals.
The program curriculum, including short descriptions of the required courses, is available in Mason's University Catalog. Courses are taught once a week on the Fairfax Campus in the late afternoon and evening. Occasionally a course is offered on alternate Saturdays, and a few are offered online.
Admission to the program is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic background and any additional evidence of potential success in the program.
Program Admission Standards
If you are currently a graduate student enrolled in a degree program within the College of Health and Human Services, fill out a one-page application form to add a certificate as a secondary program of study. Please review Mason’s requirements for graduate certificates and then contact the Department Manager at email@example.com or 703-993-1929 to obtain a copy of the application form.
The following are required to apply to George Mason University if you are not currently a graduate student enrolled in a degree program within the College of Health and Human Services.
One set of official transcripts from all institutions attended. For all degrees obtained outside the U.S., transcripts must be evaluated. View the international transcript submission guidelines for application to Mason graduate programs. In order to expedite the processing of your application, you may upload unofficial transcripts into your application. You will still be required to submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions. However, unofficial transcripts are acceptable for admission review. Please review the FAQs regarding transcripts on the university admissions website if you have further questions about transcript submission. Visit Graduate Application Requirements for HAP Programs for more information.