A competitive applicant to the Department of Epidemiology will generally have strong biological and quantitative preparation, although no particular courses are required. Some background in the behavioral sciences is also desirable. In addition, applicants should have some relevant biomedical research experience or other evidence of the ability to perform well in a research setting. This can be paid or volunteer experience or coursework.

Our Students

Sydney Jones

Sydney Jones, doctoral student

“Epidemiology at Gillings has been the right choice for me,” says Sydney Jones. “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.”


Marie-Josèphe Horner

Marie-Josèphe Horner, doctoral student

“The opportunities offered to me through the UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship and UNC Epidemiology Department have been unsurpassed,” says  Marie-Josèphe Horner. “Both have provided me with the support to launch a new study in the field from the ground up- implementing the day to day logistics of the project, conducting analyses, and forging new collaborations with Malawian and international investigators.” Read more about her experiences as part of UNC-Project Malawi.


Alan Kinlaw, doctoral student

Alan Kinlaw, doctoral student

“I chose UNC over other institutions primarily because of the large, diverse and supportive network of faculty and students in our department,” says Alan Kinlaw. “UNC has what seems like a boundless network for collaboration for epidemiologic research with other disciplines in public health, medicine, policy and more, and the result is an extremely positive environment for research, teaching and learning. I also chose UNC because Chapel Hill and surrounding communities like Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro and Durham are wonderful places to work and play.”

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Schedule a Visit

The Gillings School Department of Epidemiology welcomes prospective applicants and students who wish to visit the Department and meet with faculty members who share their area(s) of interest. This allows you to gain valuable information about the many opportunities our Department has to offer.

To schedule a visit:

  • Review the website to identify faculty whose work matches your interests
  • Identify at least two visitation days that would work for you (visits are not scheduled for weekends or holidays) [Three weeks advance notice is required.]
  • Email us

Need More Information?

Interested in finding out more about epidemiology?

Take the free online not-for-credit course, Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health, developed by two of our faculty members.

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