Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology

Andrew Olshan

Andrew Olshan, Chair, 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. The Department of Epidemiology is one of the leading academic departments in epidemiology. Our focus is to provide students with training in effective research practices and methods. Our students apply their epidemiology research to a variety of health problems here in North Carolina and across the world. The Department’s research investigation spans a diverse array of health conditions of public health significance. Our research also includes an emphasis on health disparities, especially in North Carolina. We are engaged in cutting edge epidemiologic methods development and application. Our methods expertise is infused in student training through courses and hands-on research experiences. Faculty and students are committed to dissemination and implementation of epidemiologic findings.

Our goal is to train the next generation of leaders to address the challenges. 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.

Departmental research is organized around formal programmatic areas, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, environmental and occupational, social, infectious disease, pharmacoepidemiology, injury, and reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric epidemiology. Other areas of interest include nutrition, methods, genetics, and women’s health. The department’s research greatly benefits from study resources such as national, global and NC study cohorts, NC population-based case-control studies, and multiple large administrative health claims data sources. Global research is being conducted in China, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and Malawi.

Our success is measured by the influence and achievements of our alumni. Departmental alumni are employed in all sectors including academic, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, foundations, state health departments, and private industry.

Andrew F. Olshan
Barbara S. Hulka Distinguished Professor and Chair