Thank you for your interest in Epidemiology’s application process. A competitive applicant to the Department of Epidemiology will generally have strong biological and quantitative preparation, although no particular courses are required. Some background in the behavioral sciences is also desirable. In addition, applicants should have some relevant biomedical research experience or other evidence of the ability to perform well in a research setting. This can be paid or volunteer experience or coursework. Below are steps and links that will guide you through the application process.

Application Information at a Glance





PhD applicants

  • GRE Scores
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

January 12, 2016: ApplyYourself

MSPH-PhD applicants
(Apply to PhD program)

  • GRE Scores
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

January 12, 2016: ApplyYourself

MPH applicants

  • Prerequisite to apply: Must have a prior doctoral degree (MD, DVM, DDS, PhD, etc.) or must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program.
  • GRE or MCAT Scores: Waived if applicant holds prior doctoral degree from U.S. institution.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

January 2, 2016: SOPHAS
January 12, 2016: ApplyYourself

MSCR applicants

  • Prerequisite to apply: Doctoral-level professional degree (MD, PharmD, PhD, DDS, nurses with PhD, DVM, etc.) or extensive health-professional experience (RNs, PAs).
  • Prerequisite to apply: At the time of enrollment, participants will simultaneously be residents, clinical fellows, post-doctoral fellows, or junior faculty at UNC or Duke University. Each student will already be affiliated with a home academic program, reflecting the funding.

January 12, 2016: ApplyYourself

Decide which degree is for you
View information about degrees in Epidemiology.

Find out more information
Visit Applicant Central for tips on applying, information on contacting a current student to ask questions, descriptions of current and previous students and their research, answers to frequently asked questions, and more.

Begin the application process
View the requirements and procedures below that apply to you.

Scheduling a Visit
Prospective students should review these visitation instructions in order to plan their visit to the Department and meet with faculty members.

You may want to use the 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. See our tuition and fees page for related information.

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Doctoral Program Show Details

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Students develop research and teaching skills in epidemiology through coursework, doctoral research, practice opportunities, and preliminary doctoral examinations.

Master's-to-Doctoral Program Show Details

Master's-to-Doctoral Program (MSPH-PhD Residential)

Students develop research and teaching skills in epidemiology through coursework, master’s and doctoral research, practice opportunities, and preliminary doctoral examinations.

Master's Programs Show Details

Master of Public Health (MPH Residential)

Terminal degree program for physicians, veterinarians, dentists and other doctoral-level professionals. Typically, this degree is sought by applicants planning for clinical or administrative careers.

Master of Public Health with Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration (MPH Residential)

Provides graduate training for veterinarians interested in pursuing public health service-oriented careers with local, state, federal and international public health and animal health agencies. This program is offered in collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.

Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR Residential)

Develops the skills necessary for a successful career as a principal investigator and collaborator in clinical/translational research. The program emphasizes study design, fundamentals of data analysis and collaboration with methodologists (including biostatisticians); proposal development/grant writing, interdisciplinary collaboration, project oversight (including patient safety and IRB compliance), presentation of study results, and professional development. The MSCR program is jointly sponsored by the TraCS (North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences) Institute.

Certificate Program Show Details

Certificate in Field Epidemiology (FEPI Online)

This is a 12-credit hour program of graduate study that addresses: core functions of outbreak investigation; surveillance systems and methods; infectious disease epidemiology; and field epidemiology methods. All courses are taught completely online. No travel to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus is required. Online certificates are available to any interested student NOT currently enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. After viewing the GPS overview, see our Certificate in Field Epidemiology partner page for additional information.

Certificate Programs Show Details

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Disparities (CIHD Residential)

Provides training that supports a long-term and sustained public health effort toward addressing and ultimately eliminating public health disparities experienced by African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders, compared to the U.S. as a whole. Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Certificate Program will gain a synthesis of knowledge across a variety of disciplines and an expanded depth of the nature and causality of health disparities and be able to translate knowledge into effective action within the U.S. and across the globe. This residential certificate program is available to current degree-seeking residential UNC system affiliate graduate students and professional learners enrolled in the Part-Time Classroom Studies program through the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

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.