Dr. Ralph Baric and his team demonstrated that the newly-identified SARS-like virus, labeled SHC014-CoV and found in the Chinese horseshoe bats, can jump between bats and humans by showing that the virus can latch onto and use the same human and bat receptor for entry. The virus also replicates as well as SARS-CoV in primary human lung cells, the preferred target for infection. Read more...
Message from the Chair
"Our goal is to train the next generation of leaders to address health challenges here and across the world. We offer an array of programs designed to meet student needs at different points in their career, from master’s to doctoral degree programs." Read more.
Andrew Olshan
Andrew Olshan, PhD
Chair and Professor

Our Department of Epidemiology is one of the world’s leading academic departments in epidemiology.

Renowned faculty members provide students with training in effective research practices and methods. We conduct innovative research and provide classroom and real world educational interdisciplinary opportunities that emphasize the integration of substantive area knowledge and cutting-edge epidemiologic methods. We also work with our students to apply their epidemiology research to a variety of health problems here in North Carolina and across the world. Our research resources include diverse studies of disease endpoints (cancer, cardiovascular, infectious disease, injury, and Reproductive/perinatal/pediatric epidemiology) and factors and methods that impact patterns of disease and population health (environmental, occupational, pharmacoepidemiology, genetic, social, and methods). Read more about our research strengths…

Epidemiology students, alumni take front and center at international epidemiology conference.

The 48th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) was held in Denver June 16-19. The international professional conference, sponsored by the largest general epidemiology society, was attended by 79 people associated with the School’s Department of Epidemiology. Read more…

Meshnick awarded $2M CDC grant to study Lyme disease in Rhode Island.

Steven Meshnick, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of the principal investigators for the study. Read more…

What Our Students Say
Sydney Jones, PhD Student

Sydney Jones

Sydney Jones, Doctoral Student

“Epidemiology at Gillings has been the right choice for me. When you enter this department, you join a community of scholarship forged from collaboration between students, faculty and disciplines. Our training starts in the classroom and extends to support public health in North Carolina, the U.S. and abroad.”

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News Spotlight

Epidemiology students honored by The Obesity Society. Epidemiology honorees for “Abstracts of Distinction” are Gabrielle Jenkins and Kamika Reynolds, doctoral students in epidemiology. In addition, Reynolds was selected as the top prizewinner in the epidemiology section. She conducted an independent examination of different methodologies that scientists have proposed to measure body composition, ultimately identifying which methods work best. Read more…

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New SARS-like virus can jump directly from bats to humans, no treatment available. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new bat SARS-like virus that can jump directly from its bat hosts to humans without mutation. However, researchers point out that if the SARS-like virus did jump, it is still unclear whether it could spread from human to human. Read more…

UNC study finds higher vitamin D and calcium intake does not reduce colorectal polyp risk. A large, randomized study led by a researcher in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that vitamin D and calcium supplements do not reduce the risk of colorectal adenomas, which are benign tumors that can evolve into colorectal cancer. Read more…

UNC Lineberger grant application earns NCI’s highest recognition. Cancer Prevention and Control and Cancer Epidemiology – made a good showing in NCI’s review. They were rated “exceptional” and “outstanding”, respectively. Read more…

Co-prescribing opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines can impact overdose mortality, study finds. Mortality risk from opioid overdose has previously been measured in terms of thresholds of risk. Four scientists linked to the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors on a new cohort study finding that dose-dependent opioid overdose risk among patients does not show evidence of a distinct risk threshold. Read more…

Study suggests improvements to HIV care cascade measurements. The HIV care cascade is a commonly used framework that estimates the number of HIV-infected individuals in a geographic area according to their HIV diagnosis, care and treatment status. Read more…

Cole recognized for outstanding contributions to epidemiology. Stephen Cole, PhD, is the 2015 recipient of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology. Read more…

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Why do students attend UNC Epidemiology?

Why do students attend UNC Epidemiology?

Events Calendar

To receive notices of upcoming epidemiology-related seminars, please send an email to listserv@unc.edu and add your first and last name to the email.

Cancer Epidemiology Seminar Series

Fridays, 1:00-2:00 PM

2101G McGavran-Greenberg

Cardiovascular Epidemiology Seminar Series

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 PM

0001 Michael Hooker Research Center

Environmental/Occupational Epidemiology Seminars

Fridays 2:00 – 3:00 PM

2005 Michael Hooker Research Center

Environmental/Occupational Epidemiology Journal Club

Mondays 2:30 – 3:30 PM

2005 Michael Hooker Research Center

Pharmacoepidemiology Seminars

Mondays 3:30 – 4:30 PM

2301 McGavran-Greenberg