Milken Institute School of Public Health Establishes Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1, 2019) — The Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University (GW) today announced the newly formed Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. The department will meld the interdisciplinary science of analyzing complex biological data with statistical research. The department puts Milken Institute SPH at the forefront of a rapidly growing field that analyzes and manages big data with the aim of providing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health problems.

Scott Evans, PhD, MS, an internationally known expert in clinical trials, infectious diseases and biostatistics, has been named founding chair of the new department. Evans will continue in his role as the director of the Biostatistics Center at Milken Institute SPH, a center with long history of leadership in coordinating practice-changing clinical trials and biostatistical research. The Computational Biology Institute (CBI) will be housed under the new department.

“It is truly an exciting time as we embark on a new era of biostatistics and bioinformatics,” Evans said. “These critical sciences are foundational for public health research and decision-making, and essential to the education of the next generation of leaders in public health and medicine.”

Milken Institute SPH has also established the Department of Epidemiology, which formerly included the biostatistics curriculum. The new solo department will continue its mission of advancing epidemiologic research and education. Alan Greenberg, MD, MPH, who was chair of the former Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, will serve as chair of the Department of Epidemiology.

“The new department will help the school attract world class researchers as well as the best and brightest students in the field,” said Lynn Goldman, MD, MS, MPH, the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the Milken Institute SPH. “The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Department elevates our school’s commitment to the quantitative sciences and support the university-wide focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”

With the creation of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Milken Institute SPH now has seven departments, all aimed at advancing scientific knowledge and training the next generation of public health leaders. Milken Institute SPH, the only school of public health in the nation’s capital, offers over 30 degree program options and has more than 2,400 students from the United States and around the world.

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