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Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Advancing the core quantitative sciences of public health.
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New in Epi Bio: The Advantages of Being a Weekend Warrior

A weekend warrior is someone who just works out once or twice per week, but still meets the physical activity recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity weekly.  When you keep a hectic week schedule, it’s often easy to de-prioritize working out or write it off altogether. A recent study gives some evidence of health benefit for those who think exercise is a lost cause if they cannot exercise every day.

About the Study

What is Epidemiology and Biostatistics?

Epidemiology explores how diseases affect populations and communities and allows us to understand the social and medical determinants of health. Biostatistics provides us with the methods of measurement that are needed to assess the impact of disease and health programs on populations and communities. After graduating from our programs, students from our department are prepared to conduct epidemiologic research, undertake evaluation studies and monitor population health status in academic, government, private sector and community health settings. Our research helps drive understanding of how infectious diseases, like Ebola or HIV/AIDS, spread and which communities are most vulnerable so we can better treat and prevent future outbreaks.

Program Offerings

Graduate Programs

Our selection of MPH, MS and PhD programs offer a variety of options to students

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics not only provides students with options to pursue different degrees, but to also get unparalleled, hands-on experiences right here in the nation's capital. With first-rate research opportunities and faculty in the classroom, this is the place to launch your career.

MPH and MS Programs

PhD Programs

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Departmental faculty members have an extensive portfolio of sponsored research projects in many different areas of expertise.

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Practice Experience

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

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Careers and Alumni

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

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Meet Our Faculty

Manya Magnus, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor

Dr. Magnus is an Associate Professor in and Associate Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Co-Director of both the school’s MPH Program in Epidemiology and the Clinical and Population Sciences Core of the NIH-funded DC Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR). In her spotlight, Dr. Magnus talks about how she accidentally fell into epidemiology, her affinity for people watching and how she believes she will witness the cure for HIV AIDS in her lifetime.

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Department News

Scientists Officially Launch Project to Sequence DNA from Earth’s Species

The project, which will take about 10 years to complete, could reframe the way we understand life and lead to discoveries in technology, medicine and genomics.

Study Finds Surgery as Effective as Medication in Slowing Diabetes Progression

The Biostatistics Center based at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health serves as the coordinating center for the ongoing study.

Milken Institute School of Public Health Launches Genomics Core

Today the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (GW Milken Institute SPH) launched a genomics core which will help researchers from...