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.
Our research strengths include:
- Cancer epidemiology
- Cardiovascular epidemiology
- Environmental/occupational epidemiology
- Genetic Epidemiology
- Health care epidemiology
- Infectious disease epidemiology
- Injury epidemiology
- Reproductive/perinatal/pediatric epidemiology
- Social epidemiology
The Birth Defects Detective
Each year in North Carolina, more than 4,000 children are born with birth defects. Doctors still don’t know what causes most birth defects, even the ones, like spina bifida, that we can take some measures to prevent.
At UNC, epidemiologist Andy Olshan leads the N.C. Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, one of seven U.S. centers that investigate the patterns and causes of more than 30 structural birth defects, such as heart defects, neural tube defects, limb defects, and cleft lip/cleft palate. Read more…