Health Informatics, Accelerated BS to MS

Highly qualified undergraduates may be admitted in their junior year to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program. Students will obtain both a BS in Health Administration (Health Informatics Concentration) and an MS in Health Informatics in an accelerated time frame after satisfactory completion of 147-159 credits.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Admissions section of the George Mason catalog. For additional application requirements and information specific to the accelerated MS in Health Informatics, see eligibility, policies, and deadlines on the departmental web site.

Applicants must be enrolled in BS in Health Administration, Health Informatics Concentration with an overall GPA of 3.25 and minimum GPA 3.5 in courses in the major. Applicants must have recommendations from two health informatics faculty. For more information, contact hap@gmu.edu.

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students complete six credits of graduate level courses in their senior year which may be applied towards the BS degree.

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students are able to apply two courses (6 Credits) to both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees. These courses are considered advanced standing for the MS in Health Informatics. A minimum grade of B must be earned to be eligible to count as advanced standing. The courses are selected by an MS program adviser.

After completion of the BS portion of the curriculum, students in the accelerated program may replace selected core courses in the MS program with more advanced graduate level courses. Students must receive at least a B+ in corresponding undergraduate courses and advisor approval.

Undergraduate Program of Study, 120 credits

Mason Core (38 credits)

Please refer to Mason's University Catalog for the Mason core requirements.

Required Courses (9 credits)

Course Credits
HAP 201 - Health Professions Careers 3
HAP 202 - Medical Terminology 3
One of the following courses:
  •   PSYC 100 - Basic Concepts in Psychology
  •   PSYC 211 - Developmental Psychology
  •   PSYC 231 - Social Psychology
  •   HAP 290 - Lifestyle Management
  
3

BS Major Requirements (64 minus 7 = 57 credits)

A maximum of 6 credits of C grades in major requirements (64 credits) is permitted. Students in the health informatics concentration who earn more than 6 credits of C grades in the major requirements courses must either repeat one of the courses in which they earned a C and earn a C+ or  higher or change programs or concentrations.

Course Credits
HAP 301 - Health Care Delivery in the United States 3
HAP 308 - Public Health Informatics 3
HAP 309 - Healthcare Accounting 3
HAP 312 - Healthcare Law 3
HAP 318 - Introduction to IT Methods for Healthcare 3
HAP 360 - Introduction to Health Information Systems 3
HAP 361 - Health Databases or IT 214 - Database Fundamentals
3
HAP 430 - Process Improvement in Healthcare Organizations 3
HAP 436 - Electronic Health Data in Process Improvement 3
HAP 440 - Mobile Health 3
HAP 445 - Introduction to Health Services Research 3
HAP 459 - Health Data Standards and Interoperability 3
HAP 460 - Information Technology Project Management 3
HAP 461 - Internet and Web Technology Applications for Healthcare 3
HAP 462 - Privacy and Security in Health Informatics 3
HAP 464 - Electronic Health Record Configuration and Data Analysis 3
HAP 465 - Integration of Professional Skills and Issues (fulfills synthesis and writing intensive requirements) 3
HAP 467 - Advanced Information Technology Project Management 3
HAP 489 - Pre-Internship Seminar (Replaced with a 600-level MS course) 3
HAP 498 - Health Administration Internship (Replaced with a 600-level MS course and One Credit of HAP 499 - Independent Study in Health Administration and Policy) 4
One of the following:
  •   HAP 395 - Health Care Finance
  •   HAP 425 - Health Economics and Policy
  •   HAP 442 - Introduction to Health Care Politics and Policy
 
3

BS General Electives (9 credits)

Graduate Program of Study, 27-39 credits

MS Core Courses (18 minus 6 minus 6 = 6 credits)

6 credits may be waived without replacement for MS students with appropriate  background; 6 credits are moved towards the BS program

Course Credits
HAP 618 - Computational Tools in Health Informatics
As per requirement for all MS students, WAIVED without replacement if grade of B+ or better in HAP 318 and HAP461
3
HAP 678 - Introduction to the U.S. Health System
As per requirement for all MS students, WAIVED without replacement if grade of B+ or better in HAP 301 and HAP 445
3
HAP 700 - Introduction to Health Informatics
May be replaced with another graduate HAP course if grade of B+ or better in HAP 360
3
HAP 701 - Health Data: Vocabulary and Standards
May be replaced with another graduate HAP course if grade of B+ or better in HAP 459
3
HAP 709 - Health Care Databases
May be replaced with another graduate HAP course if  grade of B+ or better in HAP 361
3
HAP 752 - Advanced Health Information Systems3

Health Data Analytics Concentration (15 credits)

CourseCredits
HAP 725 - Statistical Process Control
May be waived with replacement if grade of B+ or better in HAP 436
3
HAP 719 - Advanced Statistics in Health Services Research I3
HAP 780 - Data Mining in Health Care3
HAP 823 - Comparative Effectiveness Analysis using Observational Data3
Electives (select from the following):
  • HAP 720 - Health Data Integration
  • HAP 730 - Health Care Decision Analysis
  • HAP 770 - Medical Decision Making & Decision Support Systems
  • HAP 880 - Advanced Health Data Mining
  • HAP 819 - Advanced Statistics in Health Services Research II
  • HAP 820 - Comparative Effectiveness Analysis for Observational Studies
3

Health Informatics Management Concentration (15 credits)

CourseCredits
HAP 602 - Statistics in Health Services Management3
HAP 622 - Healthcare Information Systems Analysis and Design3
HAP 713 - Project Management in Health Information Technology OR SWE 625 - Software Project Management3
HAP 745 - Health Care Security Policy3
Electives (select from the following):
  • HAP 601 - E-Commerce and On-line Marketing for Health Services
  • HAP 621 - Organization Behavior and Healthcare Leadership
  • HAP 645 - Introduction to Health Services Research
  • HAP 647 - Regulatory Requirements for Health Care Systems
  • HAP 686 - Quality Improvement in Health Services
  • HAP 725 - Statistical Process Control
  • HAP 715 - Health Economics
  • HAP 762 - Cost-Effectiveness for Health Care Management and Policy Decisions
  • HAP 750 - Legal Issues in Health Administration
  • HAP 770 - Medical Decision Making and Decision Support Systems
3

Population Health Concentration (15 credits)

CourseCredits
HAP 717 - Population Health Informatics3
HAP 718 - Consumer Health Informatics3
GCH 712 - Introduction to Epidemiology3
Electives (select two from the following):
  • GGS 650 - Introduction to GIS Programming and Algorithms
  • HAP 730 - Health Care Decision Analysis
  • HAP 735 - Fundamentals of Patient Safety and  Risk Management
  • HAP 780 - Data Mining in Health Care
3

Practicum/Thesis (6 Credits)

CourseCredits
HAP 789 - Pre-Capstone3
HAP 790 - Capstone3
OR
HAP 799 - Master's Thesis1-6