George Mason University

College of Health and Human Services

Health Systems Management


Office of Graduate Admissions

MS 6A3

Fairfax, VA 22030

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration; Health Care Security & Privacy; Health Information Systems; Risk Management & Patient Safety, Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration; Executive Management; Health Care Security & Privacy; Health Information Systems; Health Policy Analysis; Risk Management & Patient Safety

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This program provides students with the skills and tools to work as leaders and executive-level managers in evolving health systems, or consultants and managers of health information systems. The curriculum was developed in response to the demand for advanced health management preparation for a variety of health care and allied health professionals. Five concentrations are offered: executive management, health information systems, health care security and privacy, physician practice management, and risk management and patient safety. The program of study offers state-of-the-art technical and humanistic skills so that graduates may serve as leaders, managers, consultants, and health policy advisors and analysts in various settings. Graduates are prepared to work in public and private health care systems (including public health agencies); legislative arenas and policy-related professional and advocacy organizations; and health accreditation and regulatory organizations. The curriculum integrates concepts from a variety of disciplines such as business management, economics, philosophy, organizational behavior, information technology, social psychology, public policy, law, and ethics as they apply to health systems and technology management. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to prepare graduates with an understanding of the larger sociopolitical, global health, and economic contexts in which the U.S. health system operates. It provides working professionals with leadership knowledge and managerial skills and abilities that contribute to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health systems and alignment of decisions and resources to optimize organizational and health-related public policy goals. Students examine social imperatives for access to health services and the feasibility, need, and mechanisms of market factors. They create links and alignment between public and private sectors and among voluntary, market, and regulatory forces in the context of a variety of public policy frameworks. Students explore the design and management of seamless systems of care, information technology, and services that support the providers of health-related care and services over the life span. Using ethical principles, students explore approaches to improving access to care and services and the quality and safety of health systems and their integration to maximize quality of life and community health.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). GMU FAFSA Code: 003749

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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