BIOS: Doctor of Philosophy and Medical Doctorate (PhD-MD Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
BIOS: Doctor of Philosophy and Medical Doctorate (PhD-MD Residential)

Our thriving biostatistics department is recognized as a worldwide leader in research and practice. Members of our faculty are interested both in development of statistical methodology and application of statistics in applied research. Collaboration is not only encouraged; it is expected. Your research projects likely will involve members of the Gillings School faculty, investigators at the UNC medical school and scientists at other organizations, including the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and biopharmaceutical companies.

We weigh multiple factors in admissions decisions. If you have questions about your qualifications for the program, please contact us.

Overview of BIOS Doctor of Philosophy and Medical Doctorate (PhD-MD Residential)

Program Focus

Provides advanced, research-oriented training in theory and methodology of biostatistics to prepare individuals for careers in academia, government and industry.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
55
Expected Duration:
7-9 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
No
Application Cycle:
Fall
Spring rarely, pending department approval. See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
February 11, 2014
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:
<5
Applicants Admitted:
<5
Enrolled Student Demographics:
PhD:
  • 40% / 60% female to male
  • 53% minority, including 11% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 45% international
  • mean age of 29
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
PhD: ~90
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 0-10

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
PhD: ~11,000 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.
Estimated Out-of-State Tuition & Fees:
PhD: ~$27,500 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.
Funding:
Over 95% of PhD students receive financial support. 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.
PhD:

  • 77% of students received some tuition support.
  • 2% of students received some loans.
  • 10% of students received non-service awards.
  • 84% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Bachelor's or master's degree (in biostatistics, statistics, or a closely related field)
Required Prerequisites:
Prior mathematics training including advanced calculus and linear algebra.
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
GRE
Within last 5 years (may be waived for applicants with professional or advanced degrees, e.g. MD or PhD). Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
PhD: On average, incoming students had 85th percentile verbal and 94th percentile quantitative. 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.:
PhD: Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.9
Letters of Recommendation Required:
3 (academic and/or professional; academic preferred)
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Not required
Work Experience Required:
None required
Visit Opportunities:
Please contact department registrar, Ms. Veronica Stallings. to schedule a department visit.

During the Program

Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
Written exams at beginning of 3rd year; oral exam also required
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Dissertation (
  • BIOS 994 Doctoral Dissertation
, 3 credits minimum)
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Teaching practicum (
  • BIOS 850 Training in Statistical Teaching in the Health Sciences
); research practicum of
  • BIOS 841 | Syllabus: http://sph-dev.sites.unc.edu/files/2014/02/BIOS841-20142.pdf
and
  • BIOS 843 Seminar in Biostatistics | Syllabus: http://sph-dev.sites.unc.edu/files/2014/02/BIOS843-20142.pdf
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.

Enrolled students will have the opportunity to pursue our graduate global health certificate, while others may choose global health courses, internships or independent study with global focus.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities:
Senior positions in industry, government, and academia
Example Job Responsibilities:
Lead research in biostatistical methods and applications.

Program Contact:

Veronica Stallings
Student Services Specialist
919-966-7262
3104B McGavran-Greenberg
CB # 7420
Chirayath M Suchindran
Professor
(919) 966-7258
3103-A Mcgavran-Greenberg Hl
CB 7420
CHAPEL HILL, NC 27599-7420
USA