About Us

The Department

The Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Biomathematics is an academic department within Georgetown University Medical Center. It engages in extensive collaboration research with the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC), provides a Masters of Science program in biostatistics and teaches service courses to Georgetown Medical students and biomedical graduate students. The department houses the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource of the NCI designated LCCC and also serves the whole Georgetown community offering consultation and collaboration to LCCC and university research investigators with expertise in the biostatistical, bioinformatical and biomathematical aspects of clinical, basic science, and population science research projects. Faculty of the department also conduct their own research in biostatistical methodologies making contributions to both biostatistics, bioinformatics, and the prevention and treatment of diseases. Their independent and collaborative research is funded on a variety of grants with organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and Children’s National Medical Center.

Masters of Science in Biostatistics

In this program students first build a solid knowledge in biostatistics and then choose to specialize either in epidemiology or bioinformatics. We aim to train individuals who will bring their biostatistical expertise to these related fields and who will be able collaborate on a wide range of biomedical projects.

Our M.S. program provides integrated training in computational, quantitative, and biomedical sciences to support health-related research performed in academia, government, and industry. Students will not only acquire the quantitative and computational tools that underpin epidemiology and bioinformatics, but also gain substantive exposure to applications of these tools to biological and health sciences. In-class instruction is supplemented with opportunities for practical training. The emphasis is on practical implementation of newly-acquired knowledge via daily homework, the consulting course and a capstone paper. Today's life-science research demands a wider synthesis of skills from multiple disciplines than ever before. To address this need, it is essential to train individuals who focus on data-analysis and informatics tools and exploit databases for broad-based biomedical information. Individuals so educated will be invaluable members of the kinds of interdisciplinary teams required to solve many current and future problems in health sciences.

Our program brings together faculty from the Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Biomathematics and from Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) Basic Science and Clinical Departments, many of whom are members of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC). The LCCC is one of only approximately forty NIH-designated comprehensive cancer centers, combining excellence in basic and clinical cancer research, as well as research in cancer prevention and control. GUMC Basic Science Departments and the LCCC provide an excellent environment for students for emerging theoretical research and the application of their quantitative skills.

The successful training of biostatisticians depends on the acquisition of core knowledge in statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and epidemiology. The curriculum for our Master’s program provides students with a clear understanding of the roles of the core disciplines in data analysis, with sufficient knowledge of statistical theory and contextual terminology to allow effective participation in interdisciplinary research efforts, and with specialized skills in bioinformatics and epidemiology.

The discipline of biostatistics emphasizes concepts underlying the scientific method, as well as applications in biomedical data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Applicants to the program should have a strong aptitude for quantitative thinking and interest in biomedical and public-health applications. Students are encouraged to work closely with faculty and to attend seminars concerning current problems and issues in empirical research.

With an MS in Biostatistics, individuals can go on to hold research associate positions in academic research centers or the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, join a private sector consulting firm, or begin a Ph.D. program in Biostatistics or many medical or scientific fields. More detailed information about the program is available HERE, and career possibilities are HERE.

Department Organization and Contacts

Georgetown University Medical Center 
4000 Reservoir Rd., NW 
Building D, Suite 180 
Washington, DC 20057 -1484

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Department Chair 
Ming T. Tan, Ph.D.
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(202) 687-2511

Director of Graduate Studies 
Valeriy Korostyshevskiy, Ph.D. 
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(202) 687-6120

Assistant Director of Administration and Graduate Studies
Minnie An, M.S.
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(202) 687-4114