Program Description

The Health Systems Management concentration in the BS, Health Administration degree prepares graduates to serve in entry-level management, administrative and support positions in a variety of health-related organizations and settings.

Concentrations are offered in health systems management, assisted living/senior housing administration, and health informatics.

What it costs

The cost for this program is $558.50 per credit hour for VA state residents or $1,536.00 per credit hour for Non-VA residents. See the Cost tab below for a breakdown of tuition and fees. All of Mason’s tuition rates and fees can be found on our Student Accounts site.

Application Deadline

For application information and deadlines, see the Admissions website.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Health Administration, BS

Degree: BS

College/School: College of Health and Human Services

Credits: 120 total

Who should apply?

The undergraduate health administration program is for early careerists with an interest in working in in an administrative capacity for health care and service organizations such as hospitals, senior housing facilities, public health clinics, medical practices, health policy and consulting organizations, health IT firms, government agencies, and health care payers.

Why choose George Mason?

  • The BS in Health Administration at Mason is certified by the Association of Undergraduate Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
  • Courses are offered 100% online, meaning that student can take them from any location across the globe.  This structure also accommodates both full-time and part-time students.  Online courses offer convenience to those students who work during the day and cannot attend classes during this time.
  • Our faculty is made up of real-world practitioners, seasoned executives, and researchers who have spent many years working in the field of health administration.

 

Program requirements may change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements. The program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis leading to completion of the objectives of the undergraduate BS program.

Requirements: 120 credits total

  • 37-38 credits Mason Core courses
  • 9 credits general electives
  • 9 credits Health Administration foundation courses
  • 58 credits concentration courses
  • 6 credits CHHS electives

Foundation Courses (9 credits)

  • HAP 201 Health Professions Careers | 3 credits
  • HAP 202 Medical Terminology | 3 credits
  • One of the following:
    • PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core) | 3 credits
    • PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology (Mason Core) | 3 credits
    • PSYC 231 Social Psychology (Mason Core) | 3 credits
    • HAP 290 Lifestyle Management | 3 credits
    • GOVT 103 Introduction to American Government (Mason Core) | 3 credits

HAP 201 is to be taken during the student’s first semester in the program.

Concentration Courses (58 credits)

Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration (ASHA)

  • HAP 301 Health Care Delivery in the United States | 3 credits
  • GCH 300 Introduction to Public Health | 3 credits
  • HAP 309 Healthcare Accounting | 3 credits
  • HAP 310 Healthcare Ethics | 3 credits
  • HAP 312 Healthcare Law | 3 credits
  • HAP 360 Introduction to Health Information Systems | 3 credits
  • HAP 392 Human Resources Management in Healthcare | 3 credits
  • HAP 395 Health Care Finance | 3 credits
  • HAP 396 Strategic Health Management and Planning | 3 credits
  • HAP 403 Assisted Living/Senior Housing Management and Philosophy | 3 credits
  • HAP 404 Senior Housing Sales and Marketing | 3 credits
  • HAP 416 Leadership and Management of Health Systems I | 3 credits
  • HAP 417 Leadership and Management of Health Systems II | 3 credits
  • HAP 425 Health Economics and Policy | 3 credits
  • HAP 465 Integration of Professional Skills and Issues (Mason Core) (fulfills synthesis and writing intensive requirements) | 3 credits
  • HAP 489 Pre-Internship Seminar (Mason Core) | 3 credits
  • HAP 498 Health Administration Internship (Mason Core) | 4 credits
  • Select two from the following:
    • GCH 480 Health Maintenance and Health Aspects of Aging | 3 credits
    • NUTR 422 Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle | 3 credits
    • SOCW 435 Introduction to Gerontology | 3 credits
    • PSYC 415 Psychological Factors in Aging | 3 credits
    • PSYC 418 Death, Dying, and Grieving | 3 credits
    • EDAT 410 Introduction to Assistive Technology | 3 credits

Health Informatics (HINF)

  • HAP 301 Health Care Delivery in the United States | 3 credits
  • HAP 308 Public Health Informatics | 3 credits
  • HAP 309 Healthcare Accounting | 3 credits
  • HAP 312 Healthcare Law | 3 credits
  • HAP 318 Introduction to IT Methods for Healthcare | 3 credits
  • HAP 360 Introduction to Health Information Systems | 3 credits
  • HAP 361 Health Databases | 3 credits
    • or IT 214 Database Fundamentals | 3 credits
  • HAP 430 Process Improvement in Healthcare Organizations | 3 credits
  • HAP 436 Electronic Health Data in Process Improvement | 3 credits
  • HAP 440 Mobile Health | 3 credits
  • HAP 445 Introduction to Health Services Research | 3 credits
  • HAP 459 Health Data Standards and Interoperability | 3 credits
  • HAP 460 Information Technology Project Management | 3 credits
  • HAP 461 Internet and Web Technology Applications for Healthcare | 3 credits
  • HAP 462 Privacy and Security in Health Informatics | 3 credits
  • HAP 464 Electronic Health Record Configuration and Data Analysis | 3 credits
  • HAP 465 Integration of Professional Skills and Issues (Mason Core) (fulfills synthesis and writing intensive requirements) | 3 credits
  • HAP 467 Advanced Information Technology Project Management | 3 credits
  • HAP 489 Pre-Internship Seminar (Mason Core) | 3 credits
  • HAP 498 Health Administration Internship (Mason Core) | 4 credits
  • Select one from the following:
    • HAP 395 Health Care Finance | 3 credits
    • HAP 425 Health Economics and Policy | 3 credits
    • HAP 442 Introduction to Health Care Politics and Policy | 3 credits

Health informatics majors do not need to complete CHHS Electives in addition to concentration requirements.

Health Systems Management (HSMG)

  • GCH 300 Introduction to Public Health | 3 credits
  • HAP 301 Health Care Delivery in the United States | 3 credits
  • HAP 309 Healthcare Accounting | 3 credits
  • HAP 310 Healthcare Ethics | 3 credits
  • HAP 312 Healthcare Law | 3 credits
  • HAP 360 Introduction to Health Information Systems | 3 credits
  • HAP 392 Human Resources Management in Healthcare | 3 credits
  • HAP 395 Health Care Finance | 3 credits
  • HAP 396 Strategic Health Management and Planning | 3 credits
  • HAP 410 Introduction to Health/Medical Practice Management | 3 credits
  • HAP 416 Leadership and Management of Health Systems I | 3 credits
  • HAP 417 Leadership and Management of Health Systems II | 3 credits
  • HAP 425 Health Economics and Policy | 3 credits
  • HAP 430 Process Improvement in Healthcare Organizations | 3 credits
  • HAP 442 Introduction to Health Care Politics and Policy | 3 credits
  • HAP 445 Introduction to Health Services Research | 3 credits
  • HAP 465 Integration of Professional Skills and Issues (Mason Core) (fulfills synthesis and writing intensive requirements) | 3 credits
  • HAP 489 Pre-Internship Seminar (Mason Core) | 3 credits
  • HAP 498 Health Administration Internship (Mason Core) | 4 credits

HAP 301 is to be taken during the student’s first semester in the program.

HAP 465 may only be taken within the final 15 credits of the curriculum.

HAP 489 may only be taken in the semester immediately prior to HAP 498.

HAP 498 may only be taken within the final 15 credits of the curriculum. Online students in HAP 498 are expected to complete an internship in their area, as identified and approved by the concentration coordinator during HAP 489. Under special circumstances and upon recommendation by the course instructors and the student’s advisor, students may be excused by the department chair from taking HAP 489 and HAP 498. Such students are required to take alternative courses that are pre-approved by the student’s advisor and worth at least 7 credits.

CHHS Electives (6 credits)

6 credits must include 200-level or above courses from the following:

Non-CHHS courses pre-approved for substitution by the concentration coordinator

Tuition (2019-2020)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$377.50
Non-Virginia Resident$1,355.00
Distance Education Fee$35
Mandatory Student fee$146
Total Cost Per Credit for Virginia Residents$558.50
Total Cost Per Credit for Non-Virginia Residents$1,536.00
Undergraduate New Student fee$300.00 (non-refundable, one-time fee charged to all students)

Please Note: In addition to the tuition and fees described above, various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled. Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

For information on how to apply to scholarships, see the Mason Scholarship page.

For information on other loans, scholarships, and other types of financial aid, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

 

Possible careers for graduates

The BS in health administration prepares students for entry-level health care administration and management careers in a variety of health care service organizations, companies, and agencies. Health service administrators work in a variety of settings such as:

  • clinics
  • hospitals
  • physician practices
  • consulting firms
  • community health organizations
  • home care organizations
  • long-term care organizations
  • managed care organizations
  • information technology organizations
  • medical technology organizations
  • supply organizations
  • advocacy organizations
  • professional associations
  • the insurance industry
USEFUL RESOURCES 
BS, Health Administration - Online Pathway Coordinator
(All Concentrations)
John Cantiello
jcantiel@gmu.edu
703-993-1731
Coordinator BS,
Health Administration
(Health Systems Management &
Assisted Living/Senior Housing Concentrations
Jay Shiver
jshiver@gmu.edu
703-993-1955
Coordinator BS,
Health Administration
(Health Informatics Concentration)
Hua Min
hmin3@gmu.edu
703-993-5648

Application Materials

Undergraduate application

  • Application fee
  • High school transcripts SAT or ACT scores (students who graduated from high school more than five years prior to enrollment at Mason are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores)