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Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Advancing the core quantitative sciences of public health.
DC-CFAR Leading the Charge in HIV

This Month in Epi Bio: DC Center for AIDS Research Fights the HIV

In 2015, a significant step was taken in the fight against HIV/AIDS in DC with the establishment of the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR), made possible by a National Institutes of Health grant that will pay out an expected $7.5 million over five years. “With this award from the National Institutes of Health, the District of Columbia and the DC Center for AIDS Research arrive as a premier destination for HIV research in the country,” said DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. 

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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.

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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.

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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

Dean Lynn Goldman Receives Environmental Award at the APHA Annual Meeting

The award is given by the APHA Environmental Section at the annual meeting to recognize an environmental health expert for significant contributions to the field.

Dean Goldman Awarded the Walsh McDermott Medal at the National Academy of Medicine Annual Meeting

The Walsh McDermott Medal is awarded to a NAM member for distinguished service to the Academies over an extended period of time.

Five Reasons to Attend the GWSPH Open House on November 17, 2016

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the school for the last on-campus visit day this fall!