Program Description

In just 12 months, the online graduate certificate in Health Informatics and Data Analytics prepares clinicians, health care managers, and IT professionals to apply advanced data science methods with a focus on the patient outcomes and quality of care.

As electronic health records, administrative data, consumer generated data and related data repositories experience exponential growth, you’ll be prepared to extract meaning from sensitive data with confidence. Explore artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining, and other advanced analytic techniques that demonstrate how to handle complex problems found in observational data.

Study at the First and Only College of Public Health in Virginia

The College of Public Health at George Mason University is the first and only College of Public Health in Virginia and a national leader in inclusive, interprofessional, public health research, education, and practice. The College’s transdisciplinary research seeks to understand the many factors that influence the public’s health and well-being throughout the lifespan. With more than 500 partners, the College serves the community through research, practice, and clinical care with a focus on the social determinants of health and health equity. Our graduates are uniquely prepared to thrive in an increasingly multi-cultural multidisciplinary, community-focused public health landscape.

Application Deadline

The online Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Data Analytics program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applicants should apply here.

Virtual Open House

The George Mason University faculty dedicates time throughout the year to hold interactive sessions online for those who would like to learn more about the programs we offer. If you would like to find out more about what you can expect from an online Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Data Analytics, visit our pre-recorded Virtual Open House and watch at your convenience. For information on upcoming sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Health Informatics and Data Analytics (Graduate Certificate)

Degree: Graduate Certificate

College/School: College of Public Health

Credits: 18 total

Health Informatics and Data Analytics Graduate Certificate

  • Just 18 credit hours
  • No prior degree or experience required
  • No GRE required
  • Technology and presentation skills are addressed

Who Should Apply?

Current clinicians, health care managers, and IT professionals are the top applicants to this program. The program is typically taken by students with prior advanced degrees, but one can apply with an undergraduate degree. However, a prior health care degree or experience in health care or IT is not necessary to join. If you have a desire to work with data science and health care technology to improve patient outcomes, this program is for you. See admissions requirements for specific details.

Why Choose George Mason?

Mason’s online certificate program is part time, and can accommodate busy professional and family schedules while providing an immersive, high-quality student experience.

An experienced faculty of distinguished scholar-practitioners delivers an education informed by extensive academic and professional experience.

Coursework is hands-on and builds direct experience.

Requirements: 18 Credit Hours

Coursework for Mason’s online Health Informatics and Data Analytics Graduate Certificate is offered in a convenient, online format.

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

Choose six out of the seven courses offered below to complete your certificate.

  • HAP 709 – Health Care Databases
  • HAP 618 – Computational Tools in Health Informatics
  • HAP 719 – Advanced Statistics in Health Services Research 1
  • HAP 720 – Health Data Integration
  • HAP 780 – Data Mining in Health Care (requires HAP 709)
  • HAP 725 – Statistical Process Control in Health Care
  • HAP 823 – Comparative Effectiveness Analysis Using Observational Data (requires HAP 709 and HAP 719)

All credits can be applied to the MS in Health Informatics degree.

Tuition and Fees (2024–2025)

Tuition is $800 per credit hour. An additional charge of $35 per credit hour applies for a Distance Learning fee.

Financial Aid:

For information on loans, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Health informatics is one of the fastest-growing, in-demand health care careers. Graduates of Mason’s program are ready to work as:

  • Managers
  • Systems designers
  • Product developers
  • Implementation and security specialists
  • Health IT systems analysts
  • Researchers

And as the skills learned in the program surpass industry boundaries, they’re ready to work in any sector, including:

  • Private- and public-sector government jobs
  • Hospitals, clinics, or health care practices
  • Consulting or software firms
  • Research institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • And more!

If you are unable to find the answers to your questions, submit a Request for 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 Health Informatics and Data Analytics Graduate Certificate program are submitted electronically online. If you have more questions, please see FAQs below.

Download the full application checklist for this program.

Admissions FAQs:

If you are unable to find the answers to your questions, submit a Request for Information form and an admissions representative will be in contact with you soon.

What is the workload like?

Coursework is in an asynchronous environment, so you can learn when and where it’s most convenient to you, and adjust when you complete coursework on a weekly basis. You’ll complete projects, papers, and coursework that tie to real-world applications, and participate in discussion boards.

What are the requirements for admission?

You must hold a BA or BS degree or equivalent from an accredited university or college with a 3.25 grade point average. There is no testing required for admission, nor is there a requirement to have related career or degree experience. You should have taken basic-level computer science/technology, mathematics, and statistics and be familiar with the fields or you may be required to take additional prerequisite courses.

What accreditation does George Mason 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.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The 18-credit Health Informatics and Data Analytics graduate certificate can be completed in less than a year.

Can I transfer credits from another university?

Transfer of similar courses from an accredited U.S. college or university may be possible on a case-by-case basis. Transfer credit policies are included in the University Catalog.

When are classes offered?

Classes are offered entirely online in an asynchronous format.

Where can I find course descriptions?

Course descriptions for the Health Informatics and Data Analytics Graduate Certificate are available in the University Catalog.

What tuition assistance is available?

Mason’s Office of Student Financial Aid provides information on aid packages for online programs.

How do I receive additional information?

Prospective students can complete an online Request for Information form.

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.

How do I apply?

All admission applications are submitted electronically online.