Academic Programs

Occupational Epidemiology


To train highly-qualified scientists who will develop and apply the theory, method, and substance of epidemiology to protect workers' safety and health.

The program offers four major areas of occupational research focus:

Degrees Offered

The program emphasizes research training at the doctoral level. Completion of the PhD typically requires three to five years following the master's or professional degree. Applicants who are interested in the PhD but do not have a graduate degree may be admitted to the doctoral program, but are expected to earn the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) as an intermediate step. The MPH in epidemiology is also available as a terminal professional degree for physicians and others with prior doctoral-level professional degrees.

The PhD in epidemiology prepares students for careers in research and teaching. Students develop skills in occupational epidemiology through course work, involvement in research projects and practice opportunities.

Program Director

David Richardson, PhD
Director, Occupational Epidemiology Program
Gillings School of Global Public Health 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box  #7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435
Phone: 919-966-2675
Fax: 919-966-2089

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Last updated 07/13/2016