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General University Information
George Mason University (often referred to as GMU or Mason) is a public university based in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, south of and adjacent to the city of Fairfax. Additional campuses are located nearby in Arlington County, Prince William County, and Loudoun County. The university’s motto is Freedom and Learning while its slogan or tagline is Where Innovation Is Tradition.
This program provides students with the skills and tools to work as leaders and executive-level managers in evolving health systems, health policy analysts, or consultants and managers of electronic commerce and technology products and enterprises in the health system. The curriculum was developed in response to the demand for advanced health management and policy 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, health policy analysis, and risk management and patient safety.
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 uniquely apply to health systems and technology management, assisted living and senior housing services administration, and health policy formulation.
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.
Health care professionals with a baccalaureate degree and at least three years of recent leadership experience in a health or related management, public policy, or technology field are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit the following: transcripts from all previous college-level studies, a letter of interest specifying study goals, a curriculum vita, and a complete Mason graduate admissions form. GRE or GMAT scores may be requested if the applicant does not have a graduate degree or has an undergraduate GPA lower than a 3.00. Applicants are competitively selected.
Admitted students begin study in January and August each year. Provisional admission can be made for students whose undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.00, but whose work since school indicates a high likelihood of success in graduate work. Students admitted provisionally with lower than a 3.00 GPA must achieve a 3.00 GPA in the first 12 credits of graduate work.