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A Career in Biostatistics

Combining rigorous study in the science of biostatistics with coursework in workforce skills such as project management, communication, policy development, and entrepreneurship, the Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Biostatistics prepares our students for direct entry into a variety of careers in health and medical fields with government, industry, business, or non-profit organizations.

AU's PSM program is one of a kind, the only PSM in Biostatistics to offer health policy, computational, and management tracks. A unique combination of courses in statistics, biology, public healthcare, big data analysis, scientific computing, and management/business will prepare you for a rewarding career as a biostatistician in the medical and health sciences, pharmaceutical industries, and public and international health services.

AU's Washington, DC, location and connections will provide you with many opportunities for biostatistics internships, summer jobs, and permanent jobs after graduation at public and private institutions. The hands-on experience from internships and workforce skills provided by the program will prepare you for the non-profit, government, and research careers that are abundant in the DC area and worldwide. But the opportunities do not stop there. Public and private institutions in the United States and around the world are constantly seeking health-oriented professional science biostatisticians, offering high salaries to respected professionals.

One-of-a-kind program tailored to your unique career goals.

You're an extraordinary individual with your own goals, so an ordinary master's program is not enough. AU's one-of-a-kind PSM program offers a flexible curriculum that lets you customize your program to fit your interests and career goals. Choose one of three tracks of specialization: health policy, computational, or management. In addition to your internship, you can choose to complete your capstone project with a research or consulting project. With interdisciplinary course offerings and numerous options, AU has the master's program that's right for you.

The curriculum includes rigorous training in statistical theory and methods; basic knowledge of a biomedical specialty area; experience in a team science setting, either in an independent study, an internship, or a short-term research rotation in a specific clinic or lab; training in communication, management and leadership skills; and research ethics.

You can start in the spring or fall semester. Most classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening, so you can study full time or as a part-time student while you work. AU makes it easy to make your master's program fit your schedule.

Please see also: Admissions & Course Requirements

Make a difference in your career and the world.

Consistently ranked as one of the best cities for job seekers, Washington, DC, offers access to an extraordinary array of professional opportunities for trained biostatisticians. As the heart of American science, business, and culture, the area offers extensive opportunities for local biostatistics internships and summer work leading to permanent job offers.

Our students gain hands-on experience through on-campus research assistantships or external internships. AU's extensive connections with government and nongovernment science and health organizations give our students a head start on their careers with prestigious organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security; Environmental Protection Agency; Food and Drug Administration; House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; National Institutes of Health; National Institute of Standards and Technology; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and National Science Foundation.

World-class experts dedicated to your success.

You will be introduced to the fascinating field of biostatistics research under the careful and supportive guidance of our accomplished professors. AU's supportive faculty members have expertise in spatial statistics and disease surveillance, the theory and methodology of sequential analysis, stochastic modeling of biophysical processes, mathematical evolutionary biology, and statistical models for environmental effects on health. With extensive research backgrounds and wide publication histories, AU faculty members have the knowledge, skills, and dedication to take your education to the next level.

A rewarding, respected, and well-paid career.

Biostatisticians enjoy job security and good compensation due to the high demand and low supply of skilled biostatisticians, and the MS in Biostatistics from American University is your entry point to this exciting career. Public and private institutions around the world continually seek health-oriented biostatisticians.

Biostatisticians work in academic, government, hospital, non-profit, research, and pharmaceutical industry settings. The majority of biostatisticians work for pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. Investment in contract research organizations is projected to continue growing, and many biostatisticians are employed to provide clinical trial support in CRO settings. Major government employers of biostatisticians include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Veterans Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.

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