Jane Monaco, DrPH

Department of Biostatistics
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Degree Programs
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Biostatistics
3107D McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7420
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Jane Monaco, teaching professor, specializes in biostatistics education and advising. With more than two decades of experience, she has been recognized for teaching excellence with the 2013 McGavran Excellence in Teaching Award, awarded to one SPH faculty member for career contributions to teaching. She also earned SPH Teaching Innovation Awards on 2015 and 2017. She teaches diverse audiences including undergraduate honors students, biostatistics majors and adult non-major graduate students.

Under her leadership as Director of Undergraduate studies, the BSPH Biostatistics program has increased in size more than fourfold while continuing to attract some of the most talented undergraduates in the University. She is currently serving as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Majors at Gillings SPH.

Her previous experiences working in the Departments of Epidemiology at the American Cancer Society and Bowman Gray Medical School have provided her with a real-world perspective in the classroom setting.

Jane Monaco in the Gillings News

Honors and Awards

McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching
2013, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Class of 1996 Excellence in Advising Award
2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Teaching Innovation and Excellence Award
2015, 2017, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Gillings School of Public Health

1998, Delta Omega Honor Society (Public Health Honor Society)

Predoctoral Traineeship in Environmental Biostatistics
1997-2002, NIEHS

Public Health Service Traineeship

Caldwell Scholarship
1983‐1989, North Carolina State University

Teaching Interests

Teaching Innovation

Online Instruction

Representative Courses

Introduction to Biostatistics (BIOS 500H)

Principles of Statisticial Inference (BIOS 600)

Field Observations in Biostatistics (BIOS 691)

Data Analysis for Public Health (SPHG 711)

Research Interests:

Biostatistics Education, Survival Analysis

Service Activities

Academic Programs Committee

Undergraduate Advising

Departmental Teaching Mentor

Reviewer: Statistics in Medicine

The American Statistician

Grant Reviewer: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Key Publications

Strength in Numbers: The Rising of Academic Statistics Departments in the U.S. (Book Chapter). Monaco, J., Cai, J., Lavange, L., & Kosorok, M. (2013). Springer-Verlag New York.

Findings from a Survey of Statistics and Biostatistics Instructors in the Health Sciences Who Teach Using an Online or Flipped Format. Schwartz, T., Monaco, J., Ajazi, E.  (2018). Journal of Statistics Education, 26(2), 143-148.
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Kappa statistic for clustered dichotomous responses from physicians and patients. Jianwen Cai, Chaeryon Kang, Jane Monaco, Bahjat Qaqish, Stacey Sheridan (2013). Statistics in Medicine, 32(21), 3700-3719.

Translational studies of phenotypic probes for the mononuclear phagocyte system and liposomal pharmacologys. et al., Victoria Bae-Jump, Wendy Brewster, Whitney Caron, Daniel Clarke-Pearson, Alan Fong, Paola Gehrig, Parag Kumar, Ninh La-Beck, John Lay, Linda Le, Jane Monaco, Suzanne Newman, William Zamboni, Haibo Zhou (2013). Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 347(3), 599-606.

Efficient designs for phase II oncology trials with ordinal outcome. A Ivanova, J Monaco, T Stinchcombe (2012). Statistics and its Interface, 5.

Staff/Administrative Duties

Director of Undergraduate Studies


  • DrPH, Biostatistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
  • MS, Biostatistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998
  • MS, Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989
  • BS, Mathematics, North Carolina State University, 1987