College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Health Services Research, PhD, Knowledge Discovery and Health Informatics Concentration

Please visit our department’s Health Informatics FAQs for questions about the program and Admissions FAQs for information about the admissions process. 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
Chief, Informatics Program

Janusz Wojtusiak

Program Overview

Graduates of this 72 credit hour PhD, Health Services Research program are scholars, educators, researchers, and leaders in health care organizations, health care consulting firms, higher education, government and nonprofit organizations, and private businesses that support or regulate public and private health service entities. Students in the program acquire the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to creatively research complex health and health system problems. In our program, you will identify and develop innovations in health policy and health analytics, including health informatics, to inform the way we finance, organize, and deliver health care services for individuals, populations, and communities.

Knowledge Discovery and Health Informatics

Understand advanced data analytics and data complexity, as well as information generation, processing, and use for clinical, administrative, and research purposes.

 

Opportunities

A PhD opens doors to a number of opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area, regionally and internationally. Graduates of this program are prepared to work in a variety of organizations, including universities, research entities, health care organizations, government, consulting firms, and advocacy organizations.  

Prospective students should engage in some research to see what kind of positions are currently available. The following sites are a good place to start:

Office of Graduate Fellowships

There are also post-doctoral fellowship opportunities for students to pursue following graduation. Mason’s Office of Graduate Fellowships works to increase awareness, participation, and success in extramural fellowship competitions among Mason's graduate students, with an emphasis on nationally competitive awards.

Career Services

Mason’s Career Services offers a wide range of services and resources to students, including job fairs, workshops, and individual counseling. In the spring, they host a health care industry job fair during Health Industry Week.

Mason’s Career Services offers a wide range of services and resources to students, including job fairs, workshops, and individual counseling. In the spring, they host a health care industry job fair during Health Industry Week.

Expertise