Community, global, and public health are the fastest-growing, most exciting, and versatile areas of study on college campuses across the United States today.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Community Health at Mason prepares students to protect and improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and populations—locally and globally—by developing and implementing evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs and policies.
The mission of the BS in health administration program is to prepare students to launch management careers in a variety of settings, including hospitals; clinics; community health, home care, long-term care, and managed care organizations; physician practices; information technology, medical technology and supply organizations; advocacy and professional associations; the insurance industry; and consultant services.
The BS in Health Informatics degree program prepares students in the field of health informatics, which integrates health sciences, information technology, computer science, data science, and behavioral sciences. The program combines interdisciplinary knowledge from these areas with practical, specialized skills in health informatics to improve patient care, and individual and population health. The program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis leading to completion of the objectives of the undergraduate BS program.
The undergraduate nursing program prepares students to deliver superior nursing care and provide leadership in nursing in the increasingly complex and challenging field of modern health care. The program emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, capitalizing on early detection of potential health problems, health maintenance in ambulatory services, and preparation for the managerial responsibilities of nursing.
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) students are provided a range of opportunities to develop a broad knowledge and skills base consistent with the systems and strengths perspectives. They are expected to practice using core social work values and to examine and resolve ethical dilemmas. Classroom and field experiences prepare students to be competent in the use of new technologies and in culturally sensitive, generalist social work practice.
Graduates with an educational background in aging - successful completion of courses with objectives or competencies specifically related to older adult issues- are in great demand in today's workforce and the need for these graduates keeps growing. Popular news headlines often point to the aging “baby boomer” generation and continue to predict ever-increasing job opportunities in the field of gerontology (aging). The minor in aging studies is an extremely relevant and applicable concentration for today’s graduates.
The minor in food systems is designed to provide students from a range of disciplines with the knowledge and skills to understand how factors of the food system affects the health of a community (e.g., nutrition, food security, inequity, agriculture, food safety). Students examine the interrelationships within the national and global food systems between such outcomes as the obesity epidemic, food security, and the environmental impact of agriculture.
The global health minor is designed to increase students’ awareness of the major health problems and issues that transcend national boundaries. Students examine the public health implications of globalization and learn to think critically about how specific global health challenges may be solved in culturally appropriate ways. The minor will enhance the education of students who are planning to work in in a variety of settings with a global health focus, including health care, government, education, and non-governmental organizations.
The minor in health information technology introduces students, in a nontechnical context, to the utilization of health information management in the professional arena of health care management and policy. Students will examine the current and projected role of health information management in the delivery of health care and development of health policy and apply this information in a practical research endeavor.
This 18-credit hour minor program is the department's only undergraduate program in health policy. This minor program introduces students to the context and process for public policy making in health care and social services. Students will examine the current environment for health and social policy and learn the basic elements of the public policy making process. The minor is not intended for students majoring in health administration and policy.
The minor in nutrition offers a variety of courses for students pursuing undergraduate degrees at George Mason University. The minor is intended to increase knowledge of nutrition issues and complements degrees related to nutrition, health, education, and more. Students enrolled in the nutrition minor can also use the skills to better understand their own nutritional needs and improve their health.
The minor in public health prepares students with a broad and baseline understanding of public health. Students are introduced to various topics that comprise public health, including global health, environmental health, epidemiology, health behaviors, and biostatistics.
The senior housing administration minor introduces students to the context and foundational knowledge required for administrative or managerial work within residential communities for older adults - including independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer's/memory care, and continuing care retirement communities. Students will examine the current U.S.
The minor in social work prepares students with an introduction to the social work profession and social welfare, as well as professional values, ethics, fields of practice, and settings in which social workers are employed. A minor in social work complements a major in nearly any field, including psychology, business, social sciences, or fine arts.