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Biostatistics students help to advance statistical science and ultimately, by practical application, help to improve human health.

For more information please contact Veronica Stallings, student services manager.


Check out our Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students. The GPS provides a search option for our School’s degree and non-degree programs, as well as the ability to drill down to an overview of each program’s quick facts and related information about how to apply. Begin the application process: click link(s) below to view the requirements and procedures that apply to you. See our tuition and fees page for related information.


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Undergraduate Program Show Details

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH Residential)

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.

Master of Public Health (MPH) Program Show Details

Master of Public Health in Public Health Data Science (MPH Residential)

Accurate interpretation and use of data is crucial to understanding health needs and devising and implementing comprehensive, evidence-based solutions.

The Public Health Data Science concentration—one of the first applied data science programs situated within a school of public health—will give you the skills and knowledge to employ cutting-edge data science tools and, in turn, respond to pressing public health issues and advance effective solutions.

Data science draws upon multiple disciplines, combining the statistical skills to manipulate data and make inferences, the mathematical skills to model phenomena and make predictions, and the computer science skills to manage and analyze large data sets.

Steeped in the public health context, our program offers a unique focus on leveraging the foundational statistical, mathematical and computer science elements of data science to generate useful information from data sources relevant to public health. Our chief focus is to optimize data science to help address the most critical public health problems in the world today.

Other Master’s (MHA, MS, MSCR, MSEE, MSPH) Program Show Details

Master of Science (MS Residential)

Provides research-oriented training in the theory and methodology of biostatistics and its application to the solution of problems in the health sciences.

Doctoral Programs Show Details

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

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

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

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

Certificate Programs Show Details

Graduate Certificate in Global Health (CGH Residential)

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Global Health is to provide current graduate students with a comprehensive understanding of global health conditions, needs, and solutions that cross borders in both developing and industrialized countries and regions. The Certificate complements students’ departmental requirements by offering courses and seminars that will prepare them to work in changing environments and with diverse populations, enabling them to respond competently to the challenges inherent to a career in global health.  Students will learn to identify and analyze the factors that generate disparities in health status, health resources, and access to health information and services, particularly for ethnic minorities and other marginalized and vulnerable population groups. In conferring a Global Health Certificate, the School of Public Health acknowledges students’ capability and capacity to perform as public health professionals with a global perspective, with collaborative and cross-cultural sensitivity and skills. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication (CIHC Residential)

Provides current degree-seeking residential UNC graduate students with specialized training in health communication. Courses are designed to build expertise for applied practice, academic, and research settings. IHC faculty represent 6 disciplines and conduct research on e-health, message tailoring, risk communication, health decision-making, dissemination, media effects, usability of electronic medical information, and health marketing. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics (CPHI Residential)

This 12-credit hour specialized educational option prepares graduates for a variety of public health informatician roles. Combining the existing strength of the SPH curriculum and the informatics curriculum at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), it will offer focused education with emphasis on public health information systems, information management and manipulation as well as evidence-based public health policy. The PHI certificate is envisioned as complementary to a graduate degree from SPH. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.

Information about the Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program

Question:

What is the BSPH program?

Answer:

The Department of Biostatistics’s BSPH program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health is a program designed for students who have strong quantitative abilities and an interest in applications of math, statistics and computer programming to health-related issues. The program 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.

Undergraduate students typically enter our BSPH program in the fall of their junior (or third) year.

Link to more information on the BSPH program

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Information on Graduate Programs

Link to more information on graduate programs

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Career Opportunities in Biostatistics

Job prospects for graduating students remain bright because the demand for well-trained biostatisticians exceeds the current supply. Traditionally, biostatisticians are heavily recruited for jobs in academics, government and various industries. In academia, doctoral graduates may hold faculty positions that involve some combination of methodological research, collaboration with scientific investigators and teaching. Students with master’s or doctoral degrees may work as research personnel in academic departments or may be employed by major research hospitals and medical institutes where they work on projects or as part of a multidisciplinary team. Pharmaceutical companies also employ large numbers of biostatisticians, and students interested in drug development might also consider employment with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Other opportunities in government include positions at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Other biostatisticians work in software companies or as private consultants.

The Statistics Job Listing contains current biostatistics job opportunities. BIOS 691 gives students the opportunity to meet key biostatistics personnel in area organizations.

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