The mission of the GW Master of Public Health (MPH) Biostatistics program is to guide students toward developing the necessary skills to successfully apply statistical methods to the biological, biomedical, and health services sciences. After graduating from the Biostatistics master’s program, students 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, such as Zika, Ebola, and HIV/AIDS spread. Our graduates work with those communities that are most vulnerable to better treat patients and prevent future outbreaks.
In addition, the MPH in Biostatistics degree coursework helps enhance students' capacity to think critically and creatively. At the George Washington University, we are proud to educate students who are committed to improving public health, and engaging in and promoting public service. We emphasize these qualities in the MPH Biostatistics program because they are essential for future biostatisticians and public health practitioners. In addition, we’re certain that Biostatistics graduates can:
- Understand and adhere to high scientific standards for research.
- Understand how to apply statistical methods to biological/biomedical sciences and health services.
- Understand and follow guidelines for ethical treatment of research participants.
- Effectively communicate research findings to a lay audience.
- Respect cultural diversity while doing all of the above.
To help students fit graduate school into their daily life, Milken Institute SPH provides flexible course offerings, which allows Biostatistics students to take up to 15 credits online.
All applicants to the MPH Biostatistics degree program must have completed two semesters of college level calculus through calculus II with a grade of B or better to be considered for admission.
The MPH degree program in biostatistics consists of 45 credits. These credits are based on a series of core courses (15 credits) and program-specific courses (20 credits), and electives (6 credits). The total 45-credit program also includes a practicum (2 credits) and a culminating experience (2 credits) where students apply their didactic education in a real-world setting.
Begin planning your practicum during Year 1.
Note: Before joining the MPH Biostatistics degree program, students must complete two semesters of college level calculus, through at least Calculus II, with a grade of B or better.
MPH Core Requirements
PUBH 6002 | Biostatistical Applications for Public Health (3 credits)
PUBH 6003 | Principles and Practice of Epidemiology (3 credits)
PUBH 6007 | Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health (2 credits)
PUBH 6009 | Fundamentals of Program Evaluation (2 credits)
PUBH 6011 | Environmental & Biological Foundations of Public Health (3 credits)
PUBH 6012 | Fundamentals of Health Policy (2 credits)
PUBH 6021 | Essentials of Public Health Practice & Leadership 1: Leading Self and Teams in Public Health (1 credit)
PUBH 6022 | Essentials of Public Health Practice & Leadership 2: Managing Organizations & Influencing Systems in Public Health (1 credit)
PUBH 6023 | Interprofessional Education Experience (IPE) (0 credits)
CORE TOTAL: 17 CREDITS
PUBH 6015 | Culminating Experience (2 credits)
CE TOTAL: 2 CREDITS
PUBH 6247 | Design of Health Studies (3 credits)
PUBH 6249 | Statistical Packages: Data Management & Data Analysis (3 credits)
PUBH 6252 | Advanced Epidemiologic Methods (3 credits)
PUBH 6258 | Advanced Topics in Biostatistical Consulting (1 credit)
PUBH 6260 | Advanced Data Analysis for PH (3 credits)
PUBH 6264 | Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
PUBH 6266 | Biostatistical Methods (3 credits)
PROGRAM-SPECIFIC TOTAL: 19 CREDITS
7 credits - any SPH (PUBH, HSML, EXNS) graduate level course
For a sample list of applicable electives, please reference the program guide and SPH course descriptions.
ELECTIVES TOTAL: 7 CREDITS
Students in degree programs must participate in eight hours of Professional Enhancement. These activities may be Public Health-related lectures, seminars, or symposia related to your field of study.
Professional Enhancement activities supplement the rigorous academic curriculum of the SPH degree programs and help prepare students to participate actively in the professional community. You can learn more about opportunities for Professional Enhancement via the Milken Institute School of Public Health Listserv, through departmental communications, or by speaking with your advisor.
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training
All students are required to complete the Basic CITI training module in Social and Behavioral Research prior to beginning the practicum. This online training module for Social and Behavioral Researchers will help new students demonstrate and maintain sufficient knowledge of the ethical principles and regulatory requirements for protecting human subjects - key for any public health research.
Academic Integrity Quiz
All Milken Institute School of Public Health students are required to review the University’s Code of Academic Integrity and complete the GW Academic Integrity Activity. This activity must be completed within 2 weeks of matriculation. Information on GWSPH Academic Integrity requirements can be found here.
Past Program Guides
Program Guides from prior Academic Years
Students in the MPH in Biostatistics program should refer to the guide from the year in which they matriculated into the program. For the current program guide, click the red "PROGRAM GUIDE" button on the right-hand side of the page.
**For graduation requirements, please download the program guide.**
To view sample schedules and learn about the core competencies developed within the program, see the degree program guide.
Practicum / CE
Students in the GW MPH programs gain practical skills and knowledge through their practice experiences. It is important for MPH Biostatistics graduates to feel confident in their skills and gain real-world experience during their studies. Students in the Biostatistics MPH program complete both a Practicum and a Culminating Experience to practice their knowledge and skills in real-world settings.
In the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the Practicum is designed to engage students in a Practice Activity—a planned, supervised, and evaluated experience in a public health organization. The Practice Activity can be related to either primary research or public health practice. It might include activities such as conducting literature reviews, writing proposals, or collecting and analyzing data.
The Practice Activity for the MPH Biostatistics degree may not be directly related to the student's day-to-day work. This is to ensure that students learn and apply new skills in the context of public health. If the student does conduct the Practice Activity at his/her place of employment, it must be work for which the student is not remunerated.
Your Culminating Experience
The Culminating Experience (CE) integrates the knowledge and skills students acquire through their academic work and the Practice Activity. The CE requires students to identify and define a specific public health issue and formulate hypotheses to address that issue. Students work with data obtained through either primary research or from an existing dataset. The process of proposal development, data analysis, interpretation, and extrapolation of the results culminates in a written report or manuscript and an oral presentation.
Some previous CE research topics in the MPH Biostatistics program include:
- Inflammatory Breast Cancer
- Disparities in Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
- Associations between Behavioral Factors and Cancer
- Use of Technology in the Care of HIV
- Infected Individuals
- Care of Pediatric and Adolescent HIV-Infected Patients
- Adherence to Antiretroviral Medications
- Development of Resistance to Antiretroviral Medications
- Infectious Disease
- Listeria at Meat Packaging Plants
- Food Contamination and Surveillance
- Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Low Birth Weight
- Use of Standardized Case Definitions in Adverse Events following Immunization Surveillance
There are numerous opportunities for Biostatistics program graduates. Governmental organizations, private sector employers, and educational institutions are always looking to hire students who have completed an MPG Biostatistics degree program. Graduates with an MPH Biostatistics degree find careers in teaching, research, and consulting. Many MPH Biostatistics graduates also continue their education and pursue a Biostatistics PH.D.
Jobs You Will Be Prepared For
Clinical Research Coordinator
Patient Centered Medical Home Program Consultant
Senior Quality Improvement Analyst
Specialist, Public Health Preparedness and Response
Organizations You Are Prepared to Help
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Association of Public Health Laboratories
Students pursuing an MPH in Biostatistics have access to a world-class faculty with relevant expertise and diverse experience in all sectors of public health and medical research. Some of the areas of interest and research experience for professors and lecturers in the Biostatistics Master of Public Health degree program include: clinical trials, statistical modeling, mental health, computing and software development, survival analysis, and finite population sampling.