When Patriots Become Patriots. More than half of Mason's 190,000 alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., area, providing graduates with a diverse and extensive professional network.
We're a good match for the military for a variety of reasons, including:
University-based veteran organizations: If you're looking for people with similar experiences, you'll find friends here. Mason Veteran Patriots, the Military Law Society, and the Society of American Military Engineers will welcome you.
Diverse community: Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
Proximity to D.C.: The Washington metro area has a population of more than 400,000 veterans and their families, and it's easy to see why. Military bases such as Fort Myer, Fort Belvoir, Andrews AFB, Bolling, and the Pentagon provide access to commissaries and other services (as well as a large community of active-duty personnel). The Department of Veterans Affairs is headquartered downtown, and a VA medical center is also in Washington.
Employment opportunities: Another benefit of being near Washington, D.C., is the access to jobs. This area is home to hundreds of positions offered through the civil service, by military contractors, with the private sector, and by nongovernment organizations. Graduates are also sought by companies based in the Virginia Technology Corridor and among organizations in the Bethesda medical community. Many members of the military and veterans also have top-secret clearances, which give them a leg up.
Mason’s CAHIIM accredited online Master of Science in Health Informatics, concentrations in Health Data Analytics and Health Informatics Management prepares students in a highly specialized area of health informatics that bridges technical and health disciplines. Students learn central concepts of health informatics including IT tools, data standards, information systems, and databases.
Health Data Analytics Concentration focuses on the specialized area of health data analytics, data science, and machine learning. Students learn theory and practical skills in the context of analyzing real health data.
Health Informatics Management Concentration provides students with knowledge and skills needed to administratively manage health information systems (ranging from system analysis and design, project management, privacy, security, and various statistical analyses), and support the increased adoption and use of electronic health records.
Learning takes place at the intersection of healthcare, technology, policy, and data science through a flexible, multidisciplinary, online curriculum designed for working professionals.
The online MS in Health Informatics is 39 credit hours, with the possibility of waiving two introductory courses depending on the student’s educational background and work experience. The health informatics degree is offered through George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services.
Prior work experience in the healthcare or information technology is not required for admission but is considered as part of the admission process.
For students who are new to Health Informatics or who want to brush up on their skills, George Mason offers an MSHI Bridge course. This free course option is meant to create a successful transition for individuals interested in the Health Informatics field who might not have sufficient background in math, computing, and informatics.
The MS in Health Informatics online program accepts applications on a rolling basis and is currently accepting applications. Applicants for the online program should apply here. Applicants for the on-campus program should visit the College of Health and Human Services for more information.
The online MS in Health Informatics is designed for data and technology-driven clinicians and health administrators, or IT professionals seeking to pursue a career in the health care industry and its business partners. Graduates of the program are found in health information technology (health IT) firms, health care/service organizations and their business partners, as well as public health entities.
Flexible, online courses, expert faculty, and competitive tuition make this online Master of Science in Health Informatics ideal for many academic and professional backgrounds, including:
Prior healthcare or information technology experience is not required for admission, but is a plus.