Program Description

Mason’s CAHIIM accredited online Master of Science in Health Informatics prepares students in the specialized area of health data analytics, and health information systems design, analysis and use.

Learning takes place at the intersection of healthcare, technology, 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 in 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 a MSHI Bridge course. This one course option is meant to create a successful transition for individuals interested in the Health Informatics field who might not have a background in the health or technology industries.

Application Deadline

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, while applicants for the on-campus program should visit the College of Health and Human Services for more information.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Health Informatics (MS)

Degree: MS

College/School: College of Health and Human Services

Credits: 39 total

Who should apply?

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:

  • Clinical or administrative professionals who would like to maintain their healthcare connection while transitioning into IT or data analytics management.
  • Data science or IT professionals who seek career advancement in a rewarding leadership role within the healthcare domain.
  • Technology-driven career changers outside of the IT and health industries who wish to pursue new healthcare leadership opportunities.

Prior healthcare or information technology experience is not required for admission, but is a plus.

Why choose George Mason?

  • One of only a few online programs in the country accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
  • Mason’s MS in Health Informatics provides an opportunity to build knowledge, technical skills, and direct experience within an immersive, competitively priced curriculum.
  • Online class format gives working students both flexibility and in-depth experience.
  • The online MS in Health Informatics can be completed in as little as 22 to 28 months, allowing students to quickly apply their skills to a growing industry demand for qualified health informaticists and data analysts.
  • Students enrolled in the MS in Health Informatics online program learn from the same on-campus faculty of health services researchers, healthcare and technology experts and innovators, and experts in data science.

Program requirements are subject to change; please refer to the University Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Requirements: 39 total credit hours

Most courses for Mason’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics are offered in convenient, online synchronous and asynchronous formats. Curriculum includes focus on support for the widespread adoption and use of electronic health records.

The online MSHI Bridge course is available upon acceptance into the program.

Required Courses

Course Number and Title
HAP 678 Introduction to the U.S. Health System
HAP 618 Computational Tools in Health Informatics
HAP 700 Introduction to Health Informatics
HAP 701 Health Data: Vocabulary and Standards
HAP 709 Health Care Databases
HAP 719 Advanced Statistics in Health Services Research
HAP 720 Health Data Integration
HAP 780 Data Mining in Health Care
HAP 725 Statistical Process Control
HAP 823 Comparative Effectiveness Analysis using Observational Data
HAP 752 Advanced Health Information Systems
HAP 789 Pre-Capstone Practicum Seminar
HAP 790 Capstone Practicum


After finishing coursework for the online MS in Health Informatics, students will enroll in the Capstone Practicum (one semester to complete).

Practicum – 6 credit hours
HAP 789 – Pre-Capstone Professional Development Seminar guides and prepares students for successful engagement in the capstone practicum.

HAP 790 – Capstone field Practicum in Health Systems Management allows students to function as an integral member of an organizational entity to build skills in leadership, critical thinking and systematic problem analysis while completing a non-thesis project.

Tuition & Fees (2019-2020):
Tuition is $900 per credit hour.  An additional charge of $35 per credit hour applies for a Distance Learning fee.

Financial Aid:
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department.

Health informatics is a fast-growing, in-demand healthcare career. From trauma centers to teaching clinics, public sector agencies to private sector firms, insurance companies to research institutes; trained data analysts and health informaticists play a crucial management role across the health and science spectrum.

Graduates of Mason’s online MS in Health Informatics program typically do data analytics for healthcare providers, software vendors, and local as well as federal government.

Innovative programs, like the online MS in Health Informatics, prepare future U.S. and global healthcare leaders to successfully manage public and private healthcare organizations, think tanks, and research facilities.

If you are unable to find the answers to your questions, submit a Request Information form or contact our admissions representative via the contact information below.

Phone: 703-348-5006

How do I apply?
All admission applications for the MS in Health Informatics are handled online. If you have more questions, please see FAQs below.

Click here to download the full application checklist for this program.


What is health informatics?
Health informatics is a field that concerns the generation, processing, storage, and use of health-related data, information, and knowledge. It is an interdisciplinary field that spans medicine, health administration and management on one side, and computer science, information science and technology on the other side.

What distinguishes health informatics vs. health information technology (IT) and bioinformatics?
Health Informatics plays a critical role in the push toward national healthcare reform. The field focuses on managing, acquiring, storing, retrieving and using of healthcare information to foster better collaboration among a patient’s various healthcare providers.

Health information technology (IT), in contrast to health infomatics, develops and supports the specific data-gathering tools that health informaticists rely on. This evolving, specialized field, links information technology, communications, and healthcare to improve the quality and safety of patient care in support of greater information analysis.

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field focused on a particular type of data. Specifically, it combines computer science, statistics, mathematics, and engineering to analyze and interpret biological data crucial to health data analytics.

Do I need to have an IT background?
Prior healthcare or information technology (IT) background is not required for admission, but is considered. Students without IT background need to work harder in their first course that cover computing concepts they will need to master.

What are the admission criteria?
Applicants must hold a BA or BS degree or equivalent from an accredited university or college with a GPA of at least 3.25.

Although your current field or past major is not a criterion for admission, applicants are expected to have taken basic-level computer science/technology, mathematics, and statistics, and be familiar with these fields. Students who do not meet these requirements may be required to take additional prerequisite courses.

Can I complete the program entirely online?
The MS in Health Informatics can be completed entirely online. Classes are offered on a part-time or full-time schedule and students have the option to take a master’s thesis or in-person practicum.

What accreditations do George Mason and this program have?
George Mason University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

The MS in Health Informatics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM is an independent accrediting organization whose mission is to serve the public interest by establishing and enforcing quality accreditation standards for health informatics and health information management educational programs. Learn more about our accreditation.

How long does it take to complete the program?
The online MS in Health Informatics is 39 credit hours and can be completed in as little as 22 to 28 months.

Can I transfer credits from another University?
Graduate students may transfer up to 12 semester hours in courses that directly correspond to those in the online MS in Health Informatics from another accredited college or university. Transfer credit policies are included in the University Catalog.

When are classes offered?
Courses for the MS in Health Informatics online program are offered online in synchronous and asynchronous sessions.

Where can I find course descriptions?
All department course descriptions and course syllabi for the MS in Health Informatics are included here.

What tuition assistance is available?
Mason’s Office of Student Financial Aid provides information on potential scholarships and aid packages for the online MS in Health Informatics.

How do I receive additional Information?
Perspective students of the online Health Informatics Master’s program can complete a request for information form or call us directly at 844-851-0923.

How much does it cost to apply?
While there is a $75 application fee, there are multiple times throughout the year that the fee may be waived.