Department of Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University

Cultivating Health Leaders through education, service, and research excellence

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We are pleased to announce that the Master of Science in Health Informatics, Data Analytics Concentration program has been ranked #7 in the nation for 2024's best online Master's in Healthcare Analytics programs by This recognition highlights the excellence and impact of our curriculum in preparing students for successful careers in healthcare analytics.

For those unfamiliar with, it is a renowned publication that provides comprehensive information for students researching analytics education and career opportunities.

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We are pleased to announce that HSR PhD Program Director Gilbert Gimm has been named a GSA Fellow for 2024.

He will be celebrated at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA, November 13-16, and will also be honored with special recognition at the GSA Fellows, ESPO, and International Reception.

Congratulations, Dr. Gimm, on this well-deserved honor!

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Congratulations to the following graduates whose MHA Capstone Executive Briefs were selected as “Best in Class.”

Kelly Choi: Building Bridges to Better Health: Strengthening Community Connections

Stephanie Gibbs: Breaking Barriers: Assessment of Social Determinants of Health to Enhance School Attendance

Melissa McCartney: Telehealth in the Post-Pandemic Context

Michele Peninger: Using a Safety-II Approach to Improve Nursing Team Shift Handoff

Morgan Pennington: Investigating Agency Nurse Burnout within the Educational Setting


Assistant Professor Maria Uriyo and coaches from their non-profit organization successfully guided the IronMechs 2.0 middle school team at the 2024 VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, Texas. Competing among 498 teams worldwide, the IronMechs 2.0 team won the Energy Award for their Division.

PBS Newshour Classroom interviewed and photographed the team and coaches, with videos pending release.


Congratulations, Carolyn Faith Hoffman, MPH, on your amazing achievement!


Congratulations to HAP Associate Professor Hong Xue for securing a $450K grant to innovate youth to***co prevention with AI in Virginia.


We are pleased to introduce the newest Rising Healthcare Leaders at Mason (RHLM) members:

Shelby Morrow, President
Anissa Ashraf, Vice President
Paola Vasquez Brown, Treasurer
Vidya Srivalli Vegesna, Community Liaison

We look forward to their contributions to the George Mason MHA program and community.

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Our Masters in Health Administration and Health Informatics Capstone Event on April 24th was a success! We sincerely appreciate all who contributed - students, faculty, staff, and preceptors. Special thanks to our student volunteers who helped make this event possible.
Kudos to our presenting students for their outstanding work throughout the semester, balancing their commitments with excellence.
Congratulations to the recipients of both MHA and MSHI student capstone awards for their exceptional achievements and contributions to the field:

MHA Student Capstone Awards:
• Process Improvement: Karios Jackson
• Healthcare Innovation: Stephanie Gibbs
• Quality Improvement: Mehboba Sheethal

MSHI Student Capstone Awards:
• Quality Improvement: Byreddy Mohitha
• Using Machine Learning in Clinical Health Informatics: Arshi Moktader
• Impact of Process Improvement: Samika Shrestha
• Predictive Analytics: Jeanne Peck

Special recognition goes to Mehboba Adem for winning the Master's in Health Administration Leadership Ambassador Award, exemplifying outstanding leadership qualities and dedication to the program.

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Congratulations to our Department Chair, PJ Maddox, and all the HAP faculty honored at the 2024 CPH Faculty & Staff Awards:

Teaching Awards:
Master Teacher Award for an Adjunct Faculty Member: Jerry Bozek, Adjunct Faculty, HAP

Research Awards:
Research Impact Award: Priyanka Anand, Associate Professor, HAP

School of Nursing Awards:
Evelyn Cohelan Faculty Endowed Leadership Award: PJ Maddox, Chair, HAP

Term Instructional Faculty Promotions:
Promotion to Professor: John Cantiello, Professor, HAP

Your dedication to teaching, research, and leadership sets a high standard for our department. Thank you for your hard work and contributions!

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Congratulations to all Department of Health Administration and Policy Student Awardees for their exceptional achievements at the Spring 2024 College of Public Health Student Awards Ceremony held on April 12, 2024, at Mason's Center for the Arts! 🏆


🎉 Win Prizes at Don't Be A Fool - Take Down Smoking Event! 🎉

📅 Date: April 1st
⏰ Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
📍 Location: Johnson Center (Kiosk in Cafeteria)

Anonymously share your insights on to***co use and stand a chance to win gift cards, prizes, and Apple AirPods Pro! Your feedback supports healthier choices. Don't miss out! 🚭🎁



Join us at the Value-Based Purchasing Bootcamp event! This event is tailored for those interested in learning more about value-based purchasing strategies, innovations, and best practices in healthcare management. Join Inova Health System Executives Toni R. Ardabell, Neeta Goel, M.D., Marque M., and Jeffrey Rosenzweig as they share their expertise and insights. This is a fantastic opportunity to network, learn, and engage with healthcare industry professionals!

📅 Date: April 4th
⏰ Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
📍 Location: Merten Hall 1202 or Zoom
*Food will be provided during the presentation, making it a perfect evening to combine learning with networking.



Join us for a discussion on Workplace Violence & Emergency Management in Healthcare with Jonathan Arnburg, the System Senior Director of Public Safety & Emergency Management at Inova Health System!


Explore strategies for safeguarding both staff and patients! Don't miss out!

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Join us at the 2024 Annual RHLM & NCHE Spring Symposium on March 16th for an inspiring day packed with dynamic discussions, resume reviews, and complimentary meals!
🚨 Register Here:
Keynote Speaker: David Goldberg, President & CEO of Mon Health
See you there! 👋


🎉 Exciting News! 🎉

Join the Rising Healthcare Leaders at Mason (RHLM) at the 2024 Annual RHLM & NCHE Spring Symposium on Saturday, March 16th! 📅 Don't miss out on this incredible event packed with dynamic panel discussions, resume reviews, and complimentary meals, all on us!

🚨 NEW LINK ALERT! 🚨 Click below to register and secure your spot at the symposium! ➡️

🎙️ Keynote Speaker: David Goldberg, President & CEO of Mon Health

See you there! 👋


Join us in congratulating Rustam Boura, Liza Lamichhane, and Elena Lyvers for their outstanding performance at UAB's National Case Competition and their well-deserved Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) scholarships as representatives of Mason's MHA program! 🌟


🎉 Congratulations to Vladimir Cardenas and Yalin Li for winning the Ann Kenny Scholarship Program from the HIMSS NCA (National Capital Area) Chapter! Their dedication to health informatics has earned them well-deserved scholarships. Join us in celebrating their achievements! 🎓✨


A new study led by Gilbert Gimm, associate professor in the Department of Health Administration and Policy at George Mason University College of Public Health, found that a greater share of US adolescents and young adults with cognitive disabilities engaged in past-month ni****ne va**ng (14.2%) compared to those without a disability (9.6%). The study also found that having a major depressive episode (MDE) is significantly associated with ni****ne va**ng among adolescent and young adults.

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🌟 Call for Proposals Open Now! 🌐 Submit your abstracts for the Mason Grad Interdisciplinary Conference by Feb 11, 2024. Explore new horizons, share innovative research, and be part of transformative conversations! Details: 🚀🎓


📣 Don't forget to register for the MHA Annual Panel! 🌟 Join us in celebrating African American Heritage Month with a captivating discussion. Let's come together to recognize and appreciate impactful contributions within our community. 🌍🤝 Register:



Be part of the first student town hall with our university president, where your voices can be heard, and ideas can make a difference. Don't miss this chance to engage in meaningful dialogue and shape the future of our university! Register:


Join us for a captivating panel discussion featuring HSR PhD students Ghaida Alsadah, Carolyn Faith Hoffman, Julia Mandeville, Lemba Priscille Ngana, and Huan-Ju (Coco) Shih.

🎓 Gain valuable insights and tips as these accomplished scholars share their experiences and expertise in presenting at professional conferences. 🌐 Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your presentation skills! 📚✨

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Attention undergraduates! Explore this exciting opportunity for the Student Research Prize!

Mason Libraries are pleased to announce a new round of the Mason Libraries Undergraduate Student Research Prize, a program designed to support the pursuit of excellent undergraduate research at George Mason University!

This program is made possible by the generosity of many donors (including alumni, friends, and university faculty and staff) who contributed to the creation of the Libraries’ new Student Research Endowment, with the initial challenge gift coming from the members of the Libraries’ Advisory Board.

One prize of $1,000 is available for the spring 2023 semester. If a group project is selected to receive the prize, the award amount will be divided equally among the members of the group. The award is for one academic year and is not renewable.

Criteria and Eligibility:
-Open to currently enrolled George Mason University undergraduates from any discipline.

-The research paper or project (by an individual or a group) must have been completed in a George Mason University course (taken for credit) during the prior twelve months.

Application Requirements:
In the application, please include your name, major, year of study, the course the research paper or project was completed for, the term that course was taken, and the associated professor. Please also include the research paper or project as an attachment. Applications must be submitted via email to [email protected] by 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2024. Late applications will not be accepted.

Selection Process:
Undergraduate student prize applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the Dean of Libraries. The selected recipient will be notified prior to the end of the spring semester.


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