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The Department of Population Health Sciences at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University was established in 2017 to strengthen the public medical school’s impact on the health of Georgia.

The broader mission of the department is to understand, preserve and improve the health human populations through research, training and community engagement, especially focusing on the health of Georgians. It will enable scientists and educators to pursue and share a more comprehensive perspective on who are getting sick, what they have and why, and which targeted interventions and treatments are most effective for them.

We are currently accepting applications for the Master of Science (MS) program in data science, MS in Biostatistics, MS in Epidemiology, MS in CTS and Ph.D. program in Biostatistics for Fall 2024 enrollment. For the current admissions cycle, the GRE score is optional. The application deadline is February 1st. Please click here to apply.

The application deadline to receive consideration for full funding for the Ph.D. biostatistics program is also February 1st.




The mission of our biostatistics program is to advance knowledge in the fields of biostatistics, and to provide leadership and scholarship in research, teaching and mentoring, for the advancement of biomedical science and improvement of human health.

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We study the distributions and determinants of diseases and health conditions in populations.

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The HEP division was created in response to the growing need among medical professionals, health care researchers and students for support in health economic evaluations and health care modeling.


The biostatistics doctoral program is pleased to announce its participation in the Summer STAR (Student Training And Research) Program. The Summer STAR program is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, nursing, or biostatistics at Augusta University. Biostatisticians play a critical role in new research discoveries by developing methods for study designs and data analysis to advance scientific knowledge in biomedical, clinical and public health fields. To find out how to become a Summer STAR student in biostatistics, click the link below:

The STAR program 2023

Population Health Sciences News

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Registration for Converge 2023 open to health professionals and students

Augusta University is once again part of the third annual Converge International Rural Health Symposium. The virtual symposium is hosted by the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and is in partnership with the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University located in Scotland, as well as the NHS Education for Scotland. The event will […]

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Listen: Learn about Healthy Georgia Report, medical mistrust and more on ‘In the Wild’

On this week's episode of In the Wild, Brennan Francois, chief diversity officer for Augusta University Health, explains what medical mistrust is and how it affects patient-provider relationships, especially for Black Americans.

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Medical College of Georgia professor releases new book on Black health in the south

Steven S. Coughlin, PhD, has a new book titled "Black Health in the South." The book pulls essays spanning topics from culturally appropriate health care to faith-based interventions and the role of research networks in addressing disparities.

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Cost of cancer treatment can impact health of survivors

The high cost of oncology care in the United States and its adverse effects on cancer survivors is of increasing concern.


Statistical Consulting Center


Assistance in design of clinical trials, experimental design, power and sample size estimation, randomization, data management, modeling, data analysis, interpretation and manuscript preparation.

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