BIOS: Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
BIOS: Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH Residential)

Biostatistics is the discipline concerned with the improvement of human health through the application and advancement of statistical science. Our highly ranked Department of Biostatistics prepares students to use innovative statistical methods to address public health and medical issues. A BSPH in Biostatistics provides an excellent foundation for employment or continued study, including admission into medical school.

Overview of BIOS Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH Residential)

Program Focus

Prepares students for entry-level professional statistical and programming careers, and provides a firm academic base for subsequent studies in biostatistics, medicine and other fields.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
120
Typically, 2 yrs in UNC General College prior to application and approximately 60 hours of credit.
Expected Duration:
4 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
Application Cycle:
Fall
Spring rarely, pending department approval. See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
February 10, 2015
Spring rarely, pending department approval. See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Students with strong quantitative abilities and an interest in applications of math, statistics, and computer programming to health-related issues.
Applications Received:
~20
Applicants Admitted:
~15
Enrolled Student Demographics:
  • 48% / 52% female to male
  • 48% minority, including 7% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 7% international
  • mean age of 21.
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~30
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 11-19

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
~$8,500 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Estimated Out-of-State Tuition & Fees:
~$30,000 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Funding:
For 2011-2012, students in this program received funding from various UNC sources, including department, School and University. Data below include only funding administered by UNC. Categories are not mutually exclusive.

  • 46% of students received some tuition support.
  • 27% of students received grants.
  • 22% of students received some loans.
  • 37% of students received non-service awards.
  • 22% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
60 hours of undergraduate coursework
Required Prerequisites:
Near completion of UNC general education requirements. A 2.0 (C) or better in each of the following: MATH 231, MATH 232, and MATH 233 before admission. BIOL 101, BIOL 101L, and COMP 110 or COMP 116 before enrollment.
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
SAT or ACT
We typically review the student's grades from their first 2 years at UNC as well as standardized test scores from undergraduate admissions.
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions. If you have concerns about your scores, please talk with us.
Undergrad G.P.A.:
Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.6
Letters of Recommendation Required:
2 (academic and/or professional; academic preferred; one must be from a quantitative teacher/professor)
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Not required
Work Experience Required:
None required
Visit Opportunities:

Please contact Dr. Jane Monaco to learn more about the application process and to schedule a department visit.

During the Program

Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
No comprehensive exams
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Senior honor's project optional for undergraduates who choose to complete original research
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Fieldwork required
Global Options Available:

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School’s courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

NOTE: Undergraduate students have limited opportunity to pursue our certificates or global health courses.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities:
Entry-level professional statistical and programming careers; subsequent studies in biostatistics, medicine, and other fields
Example Job Responsibilities:
Analyze data for a research group focused on evaluating associations between exposures and health outcomes.
The Gillings Program Search is a tool for exploring academic programs at the School. It is a prospectus for the current year to be used in consultation with an academic adviser and does not constitute the complete degree or program requirements for graduation or program completion.

Program Contact:

Jane Monaco
Clinical Assistant Professor
(919) 966-7250
3107D McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB 7420
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
USA