Health Informatics, MS

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The Master of Science in Health Informatics is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

The following outcomes were measured for MS in Health Informatics in academic year 2020-2021:

  • Acceptance rate: 72%

  • Completion rate: 89% (full-time students), 85% (part-time students)

  • Employment within one year: 87% employed, 10% pursuing PhD, 6% unknown

 

Contact Info

Please visit our department’s Health Informatics FAQs for questions about the program and Graduate Admissions Page for information about the admissions process. For questions about the on-campus program, request information here. For questions about the online program, please submit a Request Information form.

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 hap@gmu.edu.

Janusz Wojtusiak
Associate Professor
Section Chief, Health Informatics Program
Director, MS in Health Informatics

Master of Science in Health Informatics

The Master of Science in Health Informatics degree provides students with highly specialized knowledge and skills needed to support the adoption and use of health information systems and data science tools for a variety of clinical, administrative, and research purposes. Mason’s Master of Science in Health Informatics degree is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). There are three concentrations offered: Master of Science in Health Informatics with a concentration in Health Data Analytics, Master of Science in Health Informatics with a concentration in Health Informatics Management, and Master of Science in Health Informatics with a concentration in Population Health Informatics.

This degree is offered through the Department of Health Administration and Policy in the College of Health and Human Services, and applications are accepted for both fall and spring admissions. It is offered in both traditional and fully online formats. Have more questions about the field of health informatics? Read our FAQ.

The 30-36 credit program curriculum includes core courses taken by all students, and concentration courses chosen by students. Students coming from Health Informatics or related undergraduate programs may request substitution of selected courses with more advanced ones if they received at least a B+ in equivalent undergraduate courses. After completing course work, and with permission of the advisor, students can choose between a Capstone Practicum or a Master’s Thesis. Both options require two semesters to complete. The program consists of three concentrations: Health Data Analytics (fully online and on-campus options), Health Informatics Management (fully online and on-campus options), and Population Health Informatics (on-campus only). 

Health Data Analytics Concentration

This concentration provides students with a deep understanding of health data, advanced analytic methods, data mining and artificial intelligence, as well as data science skills applied to clinical, administrative, and consumer-generated health data. The health data analytics concentration is intended for health informatics professionals with a focus on data science. It is most technical of the three concentrations and provides students hands-on experience with real health data. This concentration is offered on-campus or fully online.

Health Informatics Management Concentration

This concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to support the increased adoption and use of electronic health records and manage evolving health information systems (ranging from evaluation of information needs to design, development, acquisition, implementation, operation, and improvement). It combines management, informatics, and privacy/security policy concepts. This concentration is offered on-campus or fully online.

Population Health Informatics Concentration

This concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to collect, analyze, and manage population-level data and understand electronic tools used in population health. It involves knowledge of organizations and individuals within a community and is viewed as a promising model to improve health outcomes and reduce cost. The concentration combines an understanding of population health concepts with hands-on data training. This concentration is offered on-campus.

Additional Information for International Students

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for the MS in Health Informatics is 51.2706, listed as Medical Informatics. It is considered a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field. International students who wish to apply to Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training (CPT/OPT) opportunities when graduating from the program should contact George Mason's Office of International Programs and Services.

Opportunities

The Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program prepares students to become health information systems specialists, health data scientists/analysts, health care managers, and consultants. Graduates of the program may be employed in health information technology (health IT) firms, health care/service organizations and their business partners, as well as public health entities. Students learn about emerging technologies likely to impact delivery of health services in the future.

On-campus Program

Most courses for the on-campus MS in Health Informatics are taught in the evening on the Fairfax Campus, and some courses are taught online. Although not all coursework for all concentrations can be completed online, the number of courses available online increases every year.

Completion of the on-campus program typically requires 2-2.5 years full-time and 2.5-3 years part-time, depending on course load.

Online Program

Two of the MS in Health Informatics program concentrations are offered fully online – the Master of Science in Health Informatics with a concentration in Health Data Analytics and the Master of Science in Health Informatics with a concentration in Health Informatics Management. Courses are offered in a condensed 8-week format, with students taking one course at a time. Content of courses, objectives, evaluation methods, and outcomes are identical to those for the on-campus program. Only the delivery format is different.

The online program is intended to be completed in 2 years. Request additional information for the online program.

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree 

Learn more about the Accelerated Master's degree program in Health Informatics.  Mason undergraduate students can apply after completing 60 credits towards their bachelor’s degree. Students who have completed at least 75 credits toward their bachelor’s degree and no more than 100 credits toward the degree can begin taking graduate-level coursework. Students should consult with their academic advisor to discuss the advantages and options. 

Accreditation Information

The Health Informatics accreditor of George Mason University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Master’s degree in Health Informatics has been reaffirmed through 2027. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email atinfo@cahiim.org.

Opportunities

The master of science in health informatics program prepares students to become health information systems specialists, health data analysts, health care managers, and consultants. Graduates of the program may be employed in health information technology (health IT) firms, health care/service organizations and their business partners, as well as public health entities. Students learn about emerging technologies likely to impact delivery of health services in the future.

On-campus Program

Most courses for the on-campus MS in Health Informatics are taught in the evening on the Fairfax Campus, and some courses are taught online. Although not all coursework for all concentrations can be completed online, the number of courses available online increases every year.

Completion of the on-campus program typically requires 2-2.5 years full-time and 2.5-3 years part-time, depending on course load.

Online Program

The MS in Health Informatics program with a concentration in Health Data Analytics is offered fully online. Courses are offered in a condensed 8-week format, with students taking one course at a time. Content of courses, objectives, evaluation methods, and outcomes are identical to those for the on-campus program. Only the delivery format is different.

The online program is intended to be completed in about 2.5 years. Request additional information for the online program.

Accreditation Information

The Health Informatics accreditor of George Mason University is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Master’s degree in Health Informatics has been reaffirmed through 2027. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email atinfo@cahiim.org.