Dr. Steve Marshall, professor and director of UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center, conducts his epidemiology class outside on a beautiful Carolina day.

Our Department

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 also work with our students to apply their epidemiology research  to a variety of health problems here in North Carolina and across the world.

Dr Andrew Olshan

Andrew Olshan

Andrew Olshan, Chair Department of Epidemiology

Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology. On behalf of the faculty, staff, students and alumni we thank you for your interest in the Department of Epidemiology. I encourage you to explore our web site and learn more about the department.

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. We urge you to look carefully at the choices to determine what meets your needs. Read more…

Our research strengths include:

  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Environmental/occupational epidemiology
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Health care epidemiology
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Injury epidemiology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Reproductive/perinatal/pediatric epidemiology
  • Social epidemiology
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October 10, 2014
133 Rosenau Hall 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
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EPID alumnus working to prevent spread of measles in Ohio

Dwight (D.J.) McFadden III, MD, MPH, health commissioner in Holmes County, Ohio, is among those Gillings School alumni who are putting their education at UNC to good use. Read more…

Popkin, Heiss, Li among most-cited researchers

Three Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members are among the most-cited researchers in the sciences and social sciences, according to data collected by Thomson Reuters. Read more…

UNC Gillings faculty member is PI of $180M USAID grant

James Thomas, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the principal investigator on a five-year, $180 million award for the Carolina Population Center’s Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation project from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Read more…

Researchers find variance in controlled substance prescription monitoring programs aimed at reducing overdose deaths

A new study finds that controlled substance prescription monitoring programs (PMPs) aimed at reducing drug overdose deaths vary tremendously by state and across time. Read more…

Most breast cancer patients may not be getting enough exercise

Physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis has been linked with prolonged survival and improved quality of life, but most participants in a large breast cancer study did not meet national physical activity guidelines after they were diagnosed. Moreover, African-American women were less likely to meet the guidelines than were white women. Read more…

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