Thank you for your interest in the Department of Epidemiology's (EPID) application process.

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.

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Steps to Apply

    1. If you’re applying to the MSCR or PhD program, please visit UNC-Chapel Hill’s graduate admission information page for instructions.
    2. If you are applying to the MPH@UNC program, please visit the MPH@UNC application page.
    3. If you are applying to the MPH program, there are two steps to complete.
        1. Apply through SOPHAS.
        2. Apply through the UNC Graduate SchoolThe individualized link created by the SOPHAS application must be in place in order to start the UNC Graduate School’s application. 

Gillings Program Search

Check out our Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students. The GPS provides a search option for our School’s degree and non-degree programs, as well as the ability to drill down to an overview of each program’s quick facts and related information about how to apply.

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.

Still Have Questions?

If you cannot find the information you need, please submit an Inquiry Form.

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