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

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Our Students

Larry Han

Larry Han, BSPH Alumnus

“I decided to study biostatistics at UNC Gillings for the first-rate professors. They really are incredible.” Hear more about Larry’s experience in the department. Larry Han, was one of the 35 Americans awarded the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship to pursue full-time graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England and is now a doctoral student in biostatistics at Harvard University.

Shaina Mitchell

Shaina Mitchell, doctoral student

“I really like that [the Department of Biostatistics] is in the School of Public Health because we’re in close quarters with professionals from nutrition and epidemiology which makes it very easy to collaborate.” Hear more about why Shaina chose to study at UNC Gillings.

Briana Stephenson

Dr. Briana Stephenson

“I chose UNC Gillings for the great reputation of the school. It’s one of the top public health programs in the nation.” Hear more about Briana Joy Kennedy Stephenson’s experience as member of the Gillings School community. Dr. Stephenson completed her postdoctoral research at the department’s Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center, working on the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos with Drs. Jianwen Cai and Daniela Sotres and is now an Assistant Professor at Harvard.

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.

BIOS 691 gives students the opportunity to meet key biostatistics personnel in area organizations.

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