Health informatics is a dynamically growing field combining advances in multiple disciplines spanning medicine, health care and policy, computer science, data science, and artificial intelligence. While related to bioinformatics and health information technology (Heath IT), health informatics is a separate field with the focus on health information — its generation, processing and use. Health informatics professionals and researchers analyze, manage and interpret health data, information and knowledge through information technology and computational tools, bringing together the worlds of health and technology. Every facet of the information flow is examined, including devices, standards, terminologies, guidelines, knowledge management and end users. Every step of the way, health informatics professionals ask how technology can improve quality of care and reduce cost.
Graduates from our program combine general knowledge and understanding of health informatics with technical skills that allow them to process information, analyze data, and interact with IT systems. In our program, students achieve proficiency in computer and computational skills specifically tailored to medical, healthcare and health problems.
Master of Science in Health Informatics (MS)
Provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to analyze, design, and support the adoption and use of health information systems and analytic applications for a wide variety of clinical, administrative, and research purposes as well as how to analyze complex health care data. An accelerated BS to MS pathway is available.
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).
George Mason Health informatics faculty and students conduct original research in data analytics, artificial intelligence, EHR systems, data standards & integration, and privacy & security. Learn more in Health Informatics Research.