Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Although not required, most admitted students have completed a master degree prior to admission. Furthermore, they should demonstrate academic excellence in their intended fields of study.
In general, a minimum of a B average (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or graduate coursework from an accredited college is required. With evidence of special promise, such as high Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, an applicant whose academic record falls short of a B average may be accepted on a conditional basis. All students are required to submit current GRE scores (within 5 years of matriculation date).
Meeting the minimum requirements does not assure acceptance. Admittance to the PhD Biostatistics is highly competetitive and there are a limited number of spaces available each Fall for new students. Applicants must provide evidence of the completion of their undergraduate and/or graduate work before registration in Milken Institute SPH is permitted.
Required Prerequisites* for applicants to the PhD Biostatistics are:
- Single-Variable Calculus I - 3 credits
- Single-Variable Calculus II - 3 credits
- Multivariable Calculus - 3 credits
- Regression Analysis - 3 credits
- Linear Algebra I - 3 credits
One of the following:
- StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnalysis - 3 credits
- Introduction to Computing - 3 credits
- Statistical Computing Packages - 3 credits
While students in this joint, collaborative program are advised by faculty in the GW School of Public Health and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), the program is officially administered by the CCAS. All admissions, administrative transactions, graduation clearance, and commencement actions are completed by CCAS and the Department of Statistics. The PhD in Biostatistics degree is officially conferred by CCAS.
Required Statistics Core Courses
PUBH 8365 | Design of Medical Studies (3 credits)
PUBH 8366 | Biostatistical Methods (3 credits)
STAT 6201 | Mathematical Statistics I (3 credits)
STAT 6202 | Mathematical Statistics II (3 credits)
STAT 6210 | Data Analysis (3 credits)
STAT 6213 | Intermediate Probability and Stochastic Processes (3 credits)
STAT 6227 | Survival Analysis (3 credits)
STAT 8226 | Advanced Biostatistical Methods (3 credits)
STAT 8263 | Advanced Statistical Theory I (3 credits)
STATISTICS TOTAL: 27 Credits
Required Public Health Core Courses
PUBH 6001 | Biological Concepts for PH (2 credits)
PUBH 6003 | Principles & Practice of Epidemiology (3 credits)
PUBH 6121 | Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology (3 credits)
PUBH 6299 | Topics in Epi and Biostatistics (may be repeated for credit) (1 or 2 credits)
One of the following:
PUBH 6006 | Management & Policy Approaches to PH (3 credits) OR
PUBH 6007 | Social & Behavioral Approaches to PH (2 credits)
PUBLIC HEALTH TOTAL: 12 Credits
(9 credits minimum from Public Health and/or Statistics courses)
Note: At least 3 credits must be from the approved list of statistics electives courses.
For the most up to date list of Electives, please reference the Program Guide.
ELECTIVES TOTAL: 14-17 Credits
Consulting / Dissertation Requirements
PUBH 6258 | Advanced Topics in Biostatistical Consulting (1 credit)
PUBH 6283 | Biostatistics Consulting Practicum (2 credits)
12-24 credits of the following:
BIOS 8999 | Dissertation Research
CONSULTING & DISSERTATION TOTAL: 15-27 Credits
Professional Enhancement (8 hours)
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.
Students submit a completed Professional Enhancement Form to the Biostatistics Advisor, which includes a prior approval, a description of the program agenda, and proof of attendance before applying for graduation.
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training
All students are required to complete the Basic CITI training module in Social and Behavioral Research. 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.
See the program guide and the SPH Graduate Student Handbook for additional information.
General and Final Examinations
There are two parts to the examination requirements for the PhD Biostatistics.
Part I of the general comprehensive examination focuses on the course content of STAT 6201 and STAT 6202 and PUBH 6266.
- Students are expected to take the comprehensive examination within 24 months from the date of enrollment in the program. In addition, students are required to make up any deficiencies prior to taking the examination by enrolling in appropriate masters-level courses as needed.
Part II of this process is the research proposal.
- This section consists of an oral examination based on a written dissertation research proposal. As soon as possible after successful completion of Part 1, the comprehensive exam, students work with the Program Director to identify a dissertation advisor, committee members from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a research topic.
PhD Candidacy, approval for dissertation research.
Upon successful completion of the required coursework and both parts of the General Examination, the candidate will be recommended for promotion to PhD Candidacy in order to complete the dissertation research. More information is available in the Program Guide and from the Program Director.