Health Informatics and Data Analytics, Certificate

About Health Informatics and Data Analytics

The health informatics and data analytics certificate prepares professionals to develop and manage health information technology systems. It is designed for health care or information technology (IT) professionals who are interested in advancing their careers with coursework in health informatics and data analytics but who are not interested in pursuing a master’s degree program. Students in the certificate program can focus on one of two areas:

  • General health informatics
    Students learn the theory, development, management, adoption, and use of information systems in clinical, administrative, and financial health care settings; or
  • Health data analytics
    Students learn the theory and methods of health data analytics, with a special focus on Big Data.

The specific courses to be taken and the sequence are individually agreed upon with the advisor after admission.

The certificate coursework stresses the impact of technology on outcomes and quality of health care services. The certificate is ideal for two groups of individuals:

  • Clinicians and health care managers who want to learn the foundations of information systems, basic technical skills including database design and management, health care data integration and exchange, and management of health information systems; and
  • IT professionals who are new to the health care community and want to learn about the use of IT and health data in clinical and administrative settings.

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

Curriculum Information

The program curriculum, including short descriptions of the required courses, is available in George Mason's University Catalog.


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 Department of Health Administration and Policy at or 703-993-1929 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 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 or 703-993-1929 to obtain a copy of the application form.

Application Materials

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.

Fall Deadline

April 1

Spring Deadline

November 1


Please visit our department’s FAQs for prospective students.

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 or contact the program coordinator.

Janusz Wojtusiak

Janusz Wojtusiak
Associate Professor
Chief, Informatics Program