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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…


What Our Students Say

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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Michael Webster-Clark, 2015 Royster Fellow

“The fact that my preceptor trusted me enough to leave me alone with patients and the fact that patients trusted me to give them helpful health information really meant a lot to me, and I hope to continue to help those people on a much broader level through population-level research.”

Nabarun Dasgupta, as a Doctoral Student

“Even as students, we are making a difference. So many folks over generations in North Carolina have put their taxes and physical selves into making this a great school, of which I am the beneficiary. The best I can do is use what I have learned here to help repay that debt to them and their descendants.”

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News Spotlight

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…

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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.

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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