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.
We have alumni in 47 states and 37 countries.
Dr. Jennifer Smith, associate professor of epidemiology and director of the Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition at UNC Gillings, will pursue an innovative research project to determine the effectiveness of a urine-based, cervical cancer screening tool.Learn More
Dr. Steven Meshnick, professor of epidemiology, is one of the principal investigators for a $2 million Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant to study Lyme disease in Rhode Island.Learn More
Dr. Steve Marshall, professor and director of UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center, conducts his epidemiology class outside on a beautiful Carolina day.Learn More
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.