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

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

Ready to Apply?

Visit our Apply page for more information.

Schedule a Visit

The Gillings School and the Department of Epidemiology are not hosting any in-person events or visits in the Fall 2021 semester.

Prospective applicants are free to reach out to faculty members who share their area(s) of interest or email the Academic Coordinator. This allows you to gain valuable information about the many opportunities our Department has to offer.

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.

For general questions about the department, the degree program, or admissions, contact us via email at epidemiology@unc.edu or call us at (919) 966-7430. Questions about employment should be directed to (919) 966-7460.

Main Department Contacts

Academic Coordinators

Mailing Address
Department of Epidemiology
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
135 Dauer Drive
2101 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, CB #7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435

Our offices are located on the second floor of McGavran-Greenberg Hall.