Message from the Chair

Dr. Michael Kosorok

Dr. Michael Kosorok

The field of biostatistics is at the cutting edge of new developments in data science and health. UNC Gillings biostatisticians apply data science to solve problems in human health through designing research studies, organizing and integrating data, analyzing data, and collaborating on multi-disciplinary research teams to improve human health.

The Department of Biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the leading academic research departments of biostatistics in the world. For more than sixty years, our department has been at the forefront of biostatistical and public health training and research.

The graduate and undergraduate training in our department is rigorous, challenging, and state-of-the art. Our students take difficult and interesting courses in biostatistics and data science, including genomics, clinical trials, time-to-event analysis, statistical theory, analytics, study design, biomedicine, and public health. At the same time, most of our students participate actively in the methodological and collaborative research that our faculty is conducting. Graduates of our program are prepared to be leaders in biostatistics and data science, and a roster of over 1000 successful alumni illustrates this. Our graduates are faculty members at leading universities around the world, directors of units at the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and are leaders in the health care industry.

Essentially all of our graduate students receive at least partial financial support. This comes from our training grants in big data biomedicine, cancer genomics, neuroimaging, and environmental biostatistics. Faculty research projects currently funding graduate students include new methods of producing and reading mammograms, treatment of HIV/AIDS, cancer and cardiovascular disease, statistical genomics, precision medicine, and many other areas too numerous to list here.

As you can see from this partial list of research projects, our faculty is very actively involved in important and timely research. At the same time, they are excellent teachers, and several of our faculty members have won teaching awards given by the School of Public Health and the University.

If you are considering biostatistics and data science as a career, I hope that you will consider joining the Carolina Biostatistics family. I think you will be impressed with the academic rigor and flexibility of our program and the collegiality of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Please explore our web page, and if you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Michael R. Kosorok, Ph.D.

W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair of Biostatistics