Global leadership. Local impact.

The Gillings School's Department of Epidemiology is one of the world’s leading academic departments for epidemiological study.

Renowned faculty members empower students with training in effective research practices and methods. We conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research and provide classroom and real-world education that emphasizes the integration of substantive area knowledge with cutting-edge epidemiologic methods. We also work with students to apply their research to a variety of health problems across North Carolina and around the world.

Message from the chair

Professor Sturmer.
Dr. Til Stürmer
Chair and Nancy A. Dreyer Distinguished Professor
"Our goal is to train the next generation of leaders to address health challenges here and across the world. We offer an array of programs designed to meet student needs at different points in their career, from master’s to doctoral degree programs."

UNC Gillings is fighting emerging diseases.

Imagine a drug that could cure everything from Ebola to the common cold. Utilizing the expertise of the Baric Lab at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Gilead Sciences is making breakthroughs in developing drugs to fight some of the world's deadliest viruses.

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Delve into our research program areas:

Our students can take courses, study with faculty experts and gain research experience in nine types of epidemiology: cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, injury, reproductive/perinatal/pediatric epidemiology, environmental/occupational, pharmacoepidemiology, genetic and social.

Explore our past and present:

Get to know the department’s history — let it inform and inspire you. Read “Our First 40 Years (1936-1976).”

After that, check out what our students have to say.

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