What our Students Say...

MJHornerMarie-Josèphe Horner, PhD Student in the Department of Epidemiology writes about her experiences in the UNC-Project Malawi. The people here are kind-hearted and friendly, and although resources are scarce people are generous with what they have. Read more about, Malawi -The Warm Heart of Africa.

Mugdha Gokhale, MS, doctoral candidate in Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as one of Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30” people to watch in health care. Read her interview in the March 8, 2016 issue of Endeavors magazine here.

Watch the video of the lecture presented by the 2013 Herman A. Tyroler Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Kathryn M. Magruder, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Director, Office of Research Integrity; Medical University of South Carolina. Link to the video.

Kim Gaetz graduated in August 2014 from the UNC School of Public Health with a PhD in Epidemiology. She is currently an ORISE postdoctoral research participant with the Environmental Protection Agency and a winner of a UNC Graduate School Impact Award. Read her story in endeavors newsletter.


Sydney Jones

Sydney Jones, PhD student

Epidemiology at Gillings has been the right choice for me.

Sydney Jones, Entered Fall 2012, Earned MSPH while in program

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.




Alan Kinlaw, PhD student

UNC has what seems like a boundless network for collaboration.

Alan Kinlaw, Entered Fall 2010, Earned MSPH while in program

I chose UNC over other institutions primarily because of the large, diverse and supportive network of faculty and students in our department. 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.

Nelson PacePhD student, Entered Fall 2013

Nelson Pace, PhD student

I applied to the UNC Epidemiology program to be part of an amazing department that does incredible and thorough research.

Nelson Pace, Entered Fall 2013

I selected the UNC Epidemiology program for 3 key reasons: (1) They are have the best reproductive and perinatal epidemiologic researchers of any school, (2) My research interests matched those of the faculty here, (3) Financial support offered at UNC was comparable if not better than other great epidemiology programs. Since coming to UNC, I have been amazed by the support of faculty and colleagues in regard to student-driven research. The collaborations and friendships, I have developed here will last throughout my career. I am very grateful for the support of faculty to help me develop and answer research questions. I have been treated as a research colleague since my arrival.

Jordan Cates, PhD student

Jordan Cates, PhD student

When considering graduate programs, UNC stuck out as a top public health school.

Jordan Cates, Entered Fall 2012, Earned MSPH while in program

The focus on rigorous methodology and the diversity of research interests of current students and faculty was a big draw. I knew I wanted to complete my PhD, and the joint MSPH/PhD program offered a streamlined approach to completing both my master’s and doctoral work. I was also offered more financial offers at UNC than other schools I was considering.   The coursework at UNC has provided me with an extensive toolkit of skills for the development of research questions, study design, and study analysis. The faculty in the department urge students to not just absorb information but to challenge the professors and think more critically. I have also been extremely thankful of the other opportunities that the Epi program has exposed me to outside of coursework, such as interning at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, working part-time at GlaxoSmithKline, and attending multiple conferences both domestically and internationally.

Joann Gruber, PhD student

Joann Gruber, PhD student

The UNC epidemiology program has been a great experience.

Joann Gruber, Entered Fall 2011, Earned MSPH while in program

I have had many opportunities to learn, teach, and do research. The student environment at UNC is very congenial and supportive. I’ve learned a great deal from my outstanding peers.



Pearlie Chong, MSCR student

Pearlie Chong, MSCR student

I applied to the MSCR program at UNC because the Department of Epidemiology has great national reputation and faculty members.

Pearlie Chong, Entered Fall 2015

My experience in the MSCR program so far has been wonderful. I think some of the things that makes UNC’s MSCR program stand out are that the curriculum and classes are tailored to clinicians, classes are held when they are least likely to interrupt clinical duties and most importantly, these are taught by clinicians with extensive knowledge of research methods and are experienced in teaching clinicians.

My experience has been overwhelmingly positive.

Cassandra Moran, MSCR student, Entered Fall 2010

Mentors and colleagues (from Duke) who were either current students or recent Epi graduates, spoke highly of the program and instructors. Specifically, fellow MDs stated that they developed a solid foundation in clinical research with a broad understanding of core concepts from basic study design to sophisticated statistical analysis and relevant stats software as well as developed the skills necessary to present/publish study results.  I selected UNC because of its strong reputation in clinical research training as above. Additionally, it was more financially feasible than other programs.

My experience has been overwhelmingly positive. I am grateful for the faculty and staff who are clearly dedicated to the students and their success. The environment was structured with high expectations while at the same time supportive, collegial, and truly fostered independent thoughts and scientific ideas. Instructors are always available to assist; they also recognize the challenge of balancing coursework with full time academic positions. I cannot say enough about the outstanding staff who consistently go above and beyond to support students in all endeavors from registering for classes to completing the program.