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Stephen R. Cole, PhD

Stephen R. Cole, PhD

Department of Epidemiology
  • 2105E McGavran-Greenberg Hall
  • CB #7435
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Stephen R. Cole works to build accurate and impactful knowledge, particularly population-health (epidemiologic) knowledge.

Professor Cole is interested in study designs and analyses that accurately estimate parameters of central interest to population-health scientists, such as risk. These study designs include randomized experiments, pseudoexperiments (i.e., observational studies) and thought-experiments (e.g., simulation studies). Substantively, Dr. Cole is interested in infectious diseases, primarily HIV, and cancer.

Professor Cole has published over 230 peer-reviewed papers, and has 51 papers with 51+ citations (Hirsh-index). He is chair of the CNICS Epidemiology and Biostatistics core (, associate director of the UNC CFAR Biostatistics core, editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology, and a member of the NIH ACE study section.

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