In the wake of recent man-made and natural disasters, the US is placing a high priority on building up the nation's public health workforce. Since 2002, Federal funding has increased for public health preparedness, including scholarship and loan repayment programs, workforce development grants, and funding for bioterrorism preparedness. What does this mean for you? It means that with a degree in public health, you’ll be in high demand – and on a career path filled with advancement opportunities.
Biostatistics is the science that applies statistical theory and mathematical principals to research in medicine, biology, environmental science, public health and related fields. Public health biostaticians use mathematical and scientific methods to determine the cause of disease and injuries, and to identify health trends within communities.
For instance, if you go into this career your research may include estimating the number of deaths from gun violence or determining trends in drunk driving injuries. It may also include (among other tasks):
If you like collecting and studying information, forecasting scenarios, and drawing conclusions, this may be the perfect health career for you.
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Career opportunities for graduates offer competitive salaries. Positions are available in data management, pharmacuetical and clinical trials, data analysis and academia. In addition, biostaticians are needed at the federal, state, and local levels.
Delivered online, MPH@GW features live, face-to-face classes with GW faculty and classmates. Classes are supplemented by self-paced coursework that can be accessed 24/7 anywhere you have an Internet connection. You will also participate in a customized field experience that serves your career interests and professional development. Learn more about George Washington University ...
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Before applying to a biostatistics program, you should have a broad knowledge of biology and a solid understanding of mathematics and statistical methods and measures. To find accredited schools of health with degree programs in biostatics, see the Association of Schools of Public Health website.
A complete list of accredited programs can be found on the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) website.
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