Shrikant Bangdiwala, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Department of Biostatistics
137 East Franklin Street
Suite 203
CB #8030
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Dr. Shrikant Bangdiwala is a professor emeritus in the Department of Biostatistics.

Dr. Bangdiwala focuses his expertise in the statistical analysis of longitudinal multiple-center intervention and observational studies. As lead statistician on several NIH-funded randomized controlled studies and longitudinal cohort studies for over 35 years, he has had the experience of collaborating with other statisticians in developing and conducting the statistical analysis plan for multicenter studies.

He has unique experience in studying cardiometabolic risk factors as they change in children and adolescents through puberty, from being lead statistician in the Cardiovascular Health in Children (CHIC) randomized controlled and longitudinal follow-up study, as principal investigator of the Study of Latino Youth cohort study, and currently as lead statistician in the Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research (COPTR) randomized trials.

He is known as the creator of the "agreement chart" for displaying categorical concordance data. He also is well known for his international teaching of statistical concepts to non-statisticians.

Honors and Awards

Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Section's Distinguished International Career Award
2011, American Public Health Association

Designated “Fulbright Senior Specialist” in Global Public Health
2005-2011, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

Fulbright Research and Lectureship Award for the Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Faculty of Medicine
1995, Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile

Elected member
1993, International Statistical Institute

Fulbright Lectureship Award for the School of Statistics
1989-1990, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José

Named member of the Expert Panel on the Prevention of Traffic Accidents
1985, World Health Organization

Elected full member
1984, Sigma Xi scientific research honor society

Elected member
1980, Delta Omega public health honor society

Elected member (as a junior)
1974, Phi Beta Kappa undergraduate honor society

Teaching Interests

Dr. Bangdiwala has also taught:

Data Management (BIOS 613), 2010-2011

Specialized Topics in Biostatistics for INCLEN Fellows (BIOS 140), 1993-1995

Introduction to Nonparametric Statistics (BIOS 256), 1983-2000

Public Health Statistics (BIOS 101), 1980-1982

Principles of Statistical Inference (BIOS 105)

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Introductory Biostatistics, School of Medicine

Representative Courses

Principles of Statistical Consulting (BIOS 841)

Introduction to Clinical Trials (EPID 733)

Research Activities

Dr. Bangdiwala has been a statistical co-investigator of several cardiovascular health trials in adults and in children, and more recently was consultant to several community-based participatory research studies focusing on obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular health, cancer and other diseases.

Currently, he is the PI for the Study of Latino Youth, a cross-sectional look at acculturation and cardiometabolic risk factors in children 8-16 whose parents are participating in the longitudinal Hispanic Community Health Study.

He serves as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC and as chair of the Multinational Data and Safety Monitoring Board of the NIAID Division of AIDS at NIH.

He also holds visiting faculty appointments at the University of Valparaiso (Chile), at the University of Chile (Santiago) and at the University of South Africa (Johannesburg).

Dr. Bangdiwala is currently co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, and was elected a member of the International Statistical Institute. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Chile from 2014-2015.

Research Interests: Heart Disease and Stroke, Injury, Violence and Safety, Obesity

Key Publications

Smoking among US Hispanic/Latino adults: the Hispanic community health study/study of latinos. Kaplan RC, Bangdiwala SI, Barnhart JM, Castañeda SF, Gellman MD, Lee DJ, Pérez-Stable EJ, Talavera GA, Youngblood ME, Giachello AL (2014). American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 46(5), 496-506.

SAMURAI: Sensitivity analysis of a meta-analysis with unpublished but registered analytical investigations (software). Kim NY, Bangdiwala SI, Thaler K, Gartlehner G. (2014). BMC Systematic Reviews 18, 3(1), 27.

Power of statistical tests. Bangdiwala SI. (2014). International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, 21(1), 98-100.

A comparison of urban-rural injury mortality rates across two South African provinces, 2007. Sherriff B, Mackenzie S, Swart LA, Seedat MA, Bangdiwala SI, Ngude R (2014). International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion.

The Hispanic Community Children’s Health Study/Study of Latino Youth (SOL Youth): design, objectives, and procedures. Isasi CR, Carnethon MR, Ayala GX, Arredondo E, Bangdiwala SI, Daviglus ML, Delamater AM, Eckfeldt JH, Perreira K, Himes JH, Kaplan RC, Van Horn L. (2014). Annals of Epidemiology, 24(1), 29-35.

Staff/Administrative Duties

Senior Statistician, UNC Injury Prevention Research Center

Senior Statistician, Biostatistics Support Unit, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Senior Statistician, UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research


  • PhD, Biostatistics, UNC-CH, 1980
  • MS, Biostatistics, UNC-CH, 1978
  • BS, Mathematics / Statistics, UNC-CH, 1975