Message from the Interim Chair

The field of biostatistics is at the cutting edge of new developments in the health sciences. UNC Gillings biostatisticians work collaboratively with scientist colleagues on various studies in the health sciences to develop optimal methods for data collection and analysis. The Department of Biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is proud to be 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 statistical theory and applications. 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 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 and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and are leaders of research units in the pharmaceutical 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, treatments of HIV/AIDS, cancer and cardiovascular disease, statistical genomics, and many others 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 as a career, I hope that you will consider joining the Carolina Biostatistics family. I think you will be impressed with the academic rigor 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 receiving your application.

Jianwen Cai, Ph.D.
Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor and interim chair of biostatistics