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.


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.


“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 Stephens’ experience as member of the Gillings School community.


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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