Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics



Using science and statistics to improve public health.





Computer science. Mathematics. Physics. Biology. Biostatistics and bioinformatics combine all of those disciplines to help solve some of the most pressing public health problems facing the world today. Together, biostatistics and bioinformatics make up the emerging and increasingly relevant field of biomedical data sciences and provide exciting opportunities for the next generation of public health professionals.




Graduate and Undergraduate Programs


DBB office; Students working together

DBB offers a range of programs including a PhD, MPH, MS, BS and an undergraduate minor.

Whether you are interested in Biostatistics, Bioinformatics or Health and Biomedical Data Science your master’s or undergraduate level experience will be enhanced by the proximity to agencies and organizations on the frontline of public health here in Washington, DC. And if you're interested in earning a doctorate, the PhD in Health and Biomedical Data Science is perfect for you.

In addition, The Expanding the Pipeline to Graduate Research in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (EPGRAD) Program is an 8-week summer education and research training opportunity that encourages undergraduates from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate studies and careers in this important research field. The application Deadline for Summer of 2024 is Feb. 15.




Meet Our Department Chair


Scott Evans

Scott Evans, Ph.D., M.S.

Department Chair and Professor

“Over the decades, the GW Biostatistics Center has conducted groundbreaking research that address many critical issues in public health and medicine. As a national leader in the field, our faculty, staff and students are improving health outcomes and the quality of life for millions of people worldwide.”


Scott Evans' Bio

Our Department's Faculty



Student Opportunities


DBB in the US

Researchers working with test samples and microscopes

National Opportunities

Each semester, faculty, staff and students from DBB practice what they teach and learn in the classroom with the goal of using biostatistics and bioinformatics to improve population health.


National Institutes of Health

In Our Own Community

DBB offers unique opportunities to work with policymakers or federal agencies on the leading edge of public health from Congress to the nearby National Institutes of Health.


Science and Engineering Hall

Here on Campus

GW is home to a wide range of biostatistical public health research and practice activities both within DBB and across the university.


Explore DBB


Biostatistics Center

Provides leadership and expertise in the execution of clinical trials, observational studies, and diagnostic studies across varied areas of expertise.

Computational Biology Institute

Our extensive partner network enables students to work with top Washington, D.C. health organizations as practice settings.

Biostatistics & Epidemiology  Consulting Service

Earning one of our degrees can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities. Click for a sampling and alumni profiles.



New In DBB


“Statistics Enthusiast” Graduate Finds Ideal Job at the GW Biostatistics Center

Abhigya Giri ’21 loves numbers—a fact that led him to earn an MPH and a career in biostatistics. “I chose the Milken Institute School of Public Health because I wanted to be in an environment where I could collaborate with other biostatisticians, where I could really nerd out,” he says. As a student, he was excited to discover the GW Biostatistics Center, which applies statistical methods to studies that address important questions in public health and medicine. Its large-scale studies, conducted in close partnership with scientists and clinical sites across the U.S. and internationally, have led to evidence-based strategies to diagnose, prevent and treat diseases.

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Department News


John Lachin to Receive 2024 Tulane Science and Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Excellence

April 12, 2024

John Lachin to Receive 2024 Tulane Science and Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Excellence

GRADE Study investigators publish expanded results of major NIH-sponsored comparative study of glucose lowering medications in type 2 diabetes

NIH-funded researchers present findings in a special collection in the journal Diabetes Care regarding differences in medication acceptance, quality-of-life, insulin secretion, mortality and other outcomes among four commonly used type 2 diabetes medicati
March 25, 2024

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