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, health care, and health problems.
Programs in Health Informatics
Provides the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to creatively research complex health and health system issues. The concentration focuses on advanced data analytics and data complexity, as well as information generation, processing, and use for clinical, administrative, and research purposes.
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.
Prepares clinicians and health care managers to develop and manage health information systems and process and analyze large volumes of complex health care data (Big Data) and electronic commerce services.
Prepares undergraduate students specializing in the use of technology and information in health care settings.
Introduces students to the use of health information management in the delivery of health care.
George Mason Health informatics faculty and students conduct original research in data analytics, artificial intelligence, EHR systems, data standards & integration, and privacy & security.
The Master of Science in Health Informatics is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
The program is in its first year of accreditation and does not have outcomes to report yet. We focus on measuring:
- Student retention rates
- Student graduation rates
- Student employment rates