The Mason's CAHIIM accredited Master of Science in Health Informatics degree provides students with highly specialized knowledge and technical skills needed to support the adoption and use of health information systems and data science tools for a variety of clinical, administrative, and research purposes. On-campus program offers three concentrations: Health Data Analytics, Health Informatics Management, and Population Health Informatics.
The 30-36 credit program curriculum includes core courses taken by all students, and concentration courses chosen by students. After completing coursework, students can choose between a Capstone Practicum or a Master’s Thesis. The on-campus program is offered in traditional 15-week semester format, with optional summers. Students are admitted for fall or spring semesters.
Health Data Analytics Concentration
This data science-focused concentration provides students with a deep understanding of health data, advanced analytic methods, data mining and artificial intelligence, as well as technical skills applied to clinical, administrative, and consumer-generated health data. The health data analytics concentration is intended for health informatics professionals with a focus on data science. It is most technical of the three concentrations and provides students hands-on experience with real health data.
Health Informatics Management Concentration
This concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to support the increased adoption and use of electronic health records and manage evolving health information systems (ranging from evaluation of information needs to design, development, acquisition, implementation, operation, and improvement). It combines management, informatics, and privacy/security policy concepts.
Population Health Informatics Concentration
This concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to collect, analyze, and manage population-level data and understand electronic tools used in population health. It involves knowledge of organizations and individuals within a community and is viewed as a promising model to improve health outcomes and reduce cost. The concentration combines an understanding of population health concepts with hands-on data training.