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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Please visit our department’s FAQs for prospective students. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the program coordinator.