Master of Science in Biostatistics
Train in computational, quantitative, and biomedical sciences to support health-related research.
What is Biostatistics? The word biostatistics is derived from the prefix bio, which involves biology, is the study of living things; the root, statistics is defined by accumulation, tracking, analysis, and application of data. Biostatistics is commonly used in large-scale efforts, such as drug testing and environmental model-building. Pharmaceutical companies rely heavily on biostatistics to track and interpret data and to take recommendations based on those interpretations for trial drugs.
The Master of Science in Biostatistics is a gateway to a fulfilling career. Students are able to choose to focus on cancer biostatistics, bioinformatics or epidemiology. Our curriculum includes general core methodology credits, a unique Research Practicum providing real world experience in exploring quantitative issues in biomedical research, and a bi-weekly seminar series with both nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field.
What You’ll Learn
The Master of Science in Biostatistics will provide integrated training in computational, quantitative, and biomedical sciences to support health-related research performed in academia, government and industry. Students not only acquire quantitative and computational tools that underpin epidemiology and bioinformatics, but also gain substantive exposure to applications of these tools in biological and health sciences.
Areas of Focus for Each Semester
First Semester: Students will learn Basic Fundamentals.
Second Semester: Students will learn Statistical Methodologies.
Third Semester: Students will learn Applications.
- Mastering rigorous analytical and practical skills in biostatistics and bioinformatics
- Developing the ability to collaborate in a wide range of biomedical projects
- Becoming a valuable member of interdisciplinary scientific teams
- Sharpening scientific-communication skills
- Preparing for a career in industry, government or academic laboratories
- Preparing for a Ph.D. program (outside of Georgetown)
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Graduate Research Assistant
Opportunities for research experience and financial assistance.
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Our students benefit from the services of the Biomedical Graduate Education career office, including one-on-one advising, skills workshops, leadership programs and more to help them take the next step in their professions.
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