Departmental Resources for Students

As a GW student, you have many resources at your disposal through your department, the school, and the university as a whole. For a list of school and university resources available to all Milken Institute School of Public Health students, check out the Student Resources page.

Below are some additional resources (beyond what is found on the student resources page), that the department has selected as being specifically relevant and useful to Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department students.

Department Resources

Seminar Series
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics holds ongoing seminar series, coordinated by Dr. Alan E. Greenberg, Ann Goldman and Toni Thibeaux.
All are welcome. Students may use any of these seminars for professional enhancement credit.
RSVPs are not required. Lunch will be provided.
Course Registration Information

Students are encouraged to use the MPH Epidemiology Planning Sheet to ensure they are on the right academic track.

For information and instructions on how to register for courses, please visit the website of the Office of the Registrar and select the appropriate semester.

To register for closed courses or courses with "Departmental Approval", please follow the protocol outlined below:

1. Contact the faculty member listed as the lead professor for the course, asking them to raise the cap of the course so you can be added into the course.
2. If the faculty approves the addition of a student to a course, please forward the response e-mail to our Graduate Administrative Assistants, at, and complete a Registration Transaction Form (RTF) adding the course. Do not use the RTF EZ form, which is different from the RTF form. If there is a wait list, students will be added and notified if a spot has opened.
3. The completed Registration Transaction Form (RTF) can be forwarded to our Graduate Administrative Assistants, at, or dropped off in-person at the Epi Bio department's offices during normal business hours.
4. The RTF will be signed and forwarded to the Milken Institute School of Public Health Student Records office. It can take Students Records up to seven business days to process the RTF for a student to be officially added into a course. The student can follow-up directly with Student Records to inquire about the status of a submitted RTF.
Student Employment Opportunities

The involvement of graduate students in the research activities of faculty members from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is of paramount importance. These opportunities enhance the educational experience of students by reinforcing lessons learned in the classroom and providing practical research experience in the public heath work place.

Graduate Assistant Information

Research Assistant Information

SAS Software Licensing/Distribution

As part of The George Washington University site license agreement with the SAS Institute (, students are able to install SAS on their home computers at no cost. A student may borrow a SAS disk from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics but must be registered for a course that may require SAS. This also includes students enrolled in their CE/Practicum, FLE/Final Project, and Thesis/Dissertation.

IRB Approval

When planning to take your practicum or culminating experience, please be sure to plan ahead to receive IRB approval on your studies. Student Human Subjects Research Determination Forms can be found here. GW IRB forms can be found here. Be sure to work with your GW faculty advisor and preceptors to complete these documents. 

Student Hints - Use this document to ensure you are following the correct protocol to receive approval on your research study.

Remember, research may NOT be started until either a determination that the study is not human subjects research has been made and approved in writing or written IRB approval has been received.

Student Research Awards

Student research awards are available from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics to support students' efforts in presenting their work at local and national public health and scientific conferences. All students enrolled in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics' MPH, MS, and PhD degree programs are eligible to receive these awards. Awards will be granted for work done as part of Departmental activities (academic work such as special project, culminating experiences or dissertations; or paid or unpaid research with Department faculty members). Since these awards are meant to encourage participation in outside conferences, GWU's and Children's National Medical Center's Research Day presentations are not eligible.

Practicum Research Fellowship Awards

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics will award three to six Practicum Research Fellowship Awards to MPH and MSPHMEID candidates from the Department. The awards are intended to:

  • recognize academic achievement and service in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; and
  • provide partial financial support to practicum/culminating experiences.

View information on qualifications and how to apply below

Doctoral Student Fellowship Opportunities

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers several doctoral student fellowship opportunities every academic year. 

Practicum Research Fellowship Awards Process 2015 - 2016

For the 2015 – 2016 academic year,the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics will award three to six Practicum Research Fellowship Awards to MPH and MSPHMEID candidates from the Department. The Awards are intended to:

  • recognize academic achievement and service in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; and
  • provide partial financial support to MPH Practicum/Culminating Experience and MSPHMEID Field/Laboratory Experiences.

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics has relationships with organizations in the Washington area, as well as abroad where we place students to help them meet the requirements of their MPH and MS practicum and culminating experiences. These include but are not limited to local health departments such as the Departments of Health in Alexandria, DC, Arlington, Fairfax County, and others; the National Institutes of Health including NIAID, NIMH, and NCI; local health provider organizations like the GW MFA, Children's National Medical Center; and for profit organizations such as the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and local statistical and clinical trials consulting firms. Other federal agencies include the Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture.

Through collaboration with the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine, we also have the distinctive capacity to place students in research projects/practicum experiences with both field and laboratory dimensions, with GWU faculty on site and investigating infectious diseases problems. Opportunities may include (1) International Collaboration in Infectious Diseases Research (NIAID-NIH); (2) Human Hookworm Vaccine Initiative with product and clinical development facilities at GWU and Brazil; (3) National Institute for Parasitic Diseases, China; (4) Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia; (5) Ministry of Health Honduras; (6) Several universities in central and South America; (7) Gorgas Research Institute in Panama; (8) Pan American Health Organization and many others.

Practicum research fellowship awards are a package of tuition grant, travel grant, and/or stipend support which will together cover a portion or all of a Fellow's costs related to their Practicum placements. MPH Practicum or MSPHMEID Field/Laboratory Experience placements may be within the United States or internationally, depending on availability of positions and the student's interest. The maximum amount of the award will be $8000 which may include up to 4 credits of tuition for Practicum/Culminating Experience credits for MPH students and up to 5 credits of tuition for Field Laboratory/final project credits for MSPH students.

Students must meet the following two general requirements to qualify as applicants for Practicum Fellowship Awards:

  1. Strong academic performance in the departmental and public health and microbiology (when applicable) curriculum-eligible applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or above.
  2. A written Practicum plan which describes the competencies, objectives and activities that the student will undertake.

In order to be awarded the Fellowship Award, completion of the GW SPH and Departmental prerequisites for the Practicum, including CITI Training, HIPAA/HIPS coursework, and other applicable prerequisites must have been completed and approved. If Human Research is involved, appropriate IRB approvals must be in progress and in place before the initiation of the Practicum research.

Applications will be solicited for the Fellowship Awards (approximately 1-2 awarded in each cycle) based on the below timetable. All applications should be sent to Toni Thibeaux at Selected students may be asked to participate in interviews once their applications have been reviewed.

If you want to perform your practicum in:

Submit your application by:

Award notification expected by:

Fall 2015

July 30, 2015

August 15, 2015

Spring 2016

October 30, 2015

November 15, 2015

Summer 2016

March 15, 2016

March 30, 2016

Practicum Research Fellowship Award Submission and Selection Process:

1st Step: Decide when to register and schedule your Practicum.

2nd Step: Meet with Practicum Director, obtain details of Practicum placement, find Preceptor, and put together Practicum plan.

3rd Step: Submission of Application and Supporting Documentation.

  • A. Resume/CV
  • B. Completed application packet

    Award application including:

    1. Academic Transcript
    2. A 350-word essay describing your career goals and how a particular placement will relate to the achievement of those goals
    3. Description of Practicum placement and Practicum plan
    4. Faculty letter of recommendation(full time or adjunct)
    5. Budget and budget justification
  • Email Toni Thibeaux at to request the application as a word document.

4th Step: Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed by Department faculty and scored based on the student's relevant experience, academic standing, and Practicum plan.

5th Step: Notification
Students will be notified of their award via e-mail based on the above timetable. Students will be required to submit a signed and dated Fellowship Award Acceptance Form (to be included with their notification) within a week of notification indicating either acceptance or withdrawal.