Research Program Areas

Cancer Epidemiology

Research spans etiology, survivorship, comparative effectiveness, and access to health care, with many studies emphasizing health disparities, especially among African-Americans.

Cardiovascular Epidemiology

Cardiovascular (CV) epidemiology is an interdisciplinary field of work. The program provides interdisciplinary training that combines a solid foundation in elements that influence cardiovascular health with epidemiologic research competencies, providing applied learning opportunities and mentored research experiences.

Environmental/Occupational Epidemiology

The overall objectives of the program in Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology are to provide an interdisciplinary education that offers the students a solid foundation in environmental and occupational health, with practicum experiences to enhance applied learning, and high-quality research experiences.

Infectious Disease

Our program has expertise in a variety of infectious diseases including those that are sexually transmitted diseases, air-borne and vector-borne.

Injury Epidemiology

Epidemiologists working in the area of injury and violence prevention conduct research describing injury hazards, identifying risk factors for injury and violence, and quantifying the effect of various interventions designed to prevent injury and violence.


UNC is advancing pharmacoepidemiology (PE) through innovation in methods, application of those methods to critical issues in the field, and training future leaders.

Reproductive Pediatric Epidemiology

The reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric epidemiology (RPPE ) program area provides students with a multidisciplinary perspective, a strong foundation in epidemiologic concepts and methods, and an understanding of the underlying biology of reproduction and childhood development and growth.

Social Epidemiology

Our mission is to train social epidemiologists who can apply principles of social justice, a core set of epidemiologic skills, and substantive knowledge to study the complex relations between the social environment and health.

Genetic Epidemiology

Genetic Epidemiology is the study of genetic factors that independently or in combination with environmental factors influences the risk of disease.

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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.

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