Graduate school requirements for incoming basic science fellows and epidemiology fellows.

Basic ScienceEpidemiology

Information for Incoming Basic Research Fellows

Application Process and Courses

If you are in our combined Ph.D. in immunology-microbiology/clinical fellowship program, please contact Dixie Flannery, Student Services Manager of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, 804 Mary Ellen Jones Building, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 27599-7290 (phone 919-966-9005; fax 919-962-8103). Please visit the department home page for immunology-microbiology at http://microimm.med.unc.edu. Ms. Flannery will help you with the application process. Information on application to our Graduate School can be found at http://gradschool.unc.edu. Our Graduate School waives the GRE since you have completed an MD degree. Core courses include

MCRO 631-1 Advanced Molecular Biology I
MCRO 632 Advanced Molecular Biology II
MCRO 701-1 Seminars in Microbiology
MCRO 614-1 Immunobiology
MCRO 901 Research

Funding Considerations

In order to receive in-state tuition, an individual must be a North Carolina resident for a year before qualifying for this reduction. North Carolina statute (G.S. 116-143) requires: “To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must have established legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina and maintained that legal residence for at least 12-months immediately prior to his or her classification as a resident for tuition purposes.” It does make a difference, in that in-state tuition averages $3,500, versus $11,000 per semester. Therefore, for the second year, you should apply for in-state tuition. If you have been in our residency program and/or a Chief Resident/Hospitalist at UNC or in NC prior to entering our program and do not have in-state tuition, please apply for this as soon as possible. Residing in NC for longer than a year does not automatically qualify you for in-state tuition: You must make a formal request to be granted this status. If you go to http://gradschool.unc.edu/residency/index.html, this is the site for “NC Residency for Tuition Purposes” where it lays out who should apply, the web-based (and paper) application process, and filing periods. In-state tuition requests can also be made in writing to the Graduate School, FAX 6-4010, ATTN Residency, 200 Bynum Hall, CB# 4010. Even though an individual may have been here for at least year, this does not guarantee that a request for in-state tuition is approved, in which case the individual can make a formal appeal. Many times the appeal is then approved, especially if the individual shows a valid NC license with demonstrable proof that he or she has paid taxes in NC.

Please be mindful that it can take 45 days for us to process payment for tuition and that, in the meantime, if you should receive any ‘due’ or ‘past due’ statements from UNC Accounting to this effect, disregard them, as we submit payment for tuition, which can take a while to process.

Student Requirements

Because of changes in federal policy, it is now mandatory that all students have health insurance. Therefore, a special insurance plan in the amount of $361.50 is offered to students. Those with health insurance already (we pay for individual fellow benefits) can opt out of this plan but must do so by a certain deadline. Otherwise, the student is obligated to purchase the plan and pay for it him/herself. The school will keep the enrollment deposit of $250 as credit towards the student health insurance fee. However, this leaves a remaining balance of $111.50, which must be paid, or the school will put a hold on your account, such that you will not be able to continue in school unless this balance is taken care of.

The school now requires that all students have a tetanus update, which costs $52. (Even if this has been done on the hospital side, UNC still requires that this be done.) Unfortunately, since this is a requirement that applies to all students and does not pertain to research directly related to the training grant, we do not cover this fee. Unfortunately our insurance does not cover this fee either because it is not student-specific (e.g., similar to what is described above). Therefore, the fellow is responsible for payment of this fee. (Also please note below about graduate school enrollment and credit hours.)

Computer and Textbooks

Please note that your computer and textbooks cannot be purchased until after July 1, once grant funds (NIH and otherwise) become available and a new account number has been assigned. We can order a laptop for you, provided one is needed (not requesting one allows more discretionary funds, such as attendance at a high-level conference). Once you receive it, please go to Wayne Burgett, our IT support technician, so that he can configure it for you. His email address is eburgett@med.unc.edu (phone 919-843-8526; cell 919-260-2619), and he is located in 4160AA Bioinformatics. We order computers directly through Dell, as they have excellent warranty plans, with prompt customer service. We do not order our computers through the Carolina Computing Initiative (CCI). As a general rule we do not order Mac computers. Should you opt for a Mac, understand that it is not our obligation to provide technical support. We do provide technical support for the standard laptops we order for fellows.

In terms of purchasing textbooks, if possible, it is preferable to use an account number at the bookstore, rather than paying for them yourself and submitting receipts for processing. This makes it easier for the accounting staff. To obtain the account number or to drop off receipts, please visit Susan Thomas, our accounting specialist, in 4154 Bioinformatics, phone 919-843-6238. Her email address is susan_thomas@med.unc.edu. This includes any expenses incurred related to course work. Our former Health Affairs Bookstore has merged with our main campus bookstore: the UNC Student Stores is located on main campus across from the Bell Tower. On either the last weekend of July or the first weekend of August, these stores offer tax-exempt prices, and free shipping.

 

 

 

 

 

Computer

Model: Ultra PortableDescription: Latitude E4310
Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista(r) Home Basic SP2, 32-bit, with media
Processor: Intel(r) Core(tm) i5-560M (2.66GHz, 3M cache) with Turbo Boost Technology
$1,141.60
Catalog number 25 RCRC1251346-2737598

Lab Space

Basic science fellows are assigned lab space with computer access on the fourth (stem cell) and seventh floors of our Molecular Biomedical Research Building (MBRB), the back of which faces Mason Farm Road, down from our Bioinformatics Building, and across from our Ambulatory Care Center (ACC). Since this building closes at 6:00 p.m. daily, you will need to obtain a card for after-hours building access. Access to any animal facilities must be made by your lab manager. The physical address for MBRB is 111 Mason Farm Road, CB 7032.

Information for Upcoming Epidemiology Fellows

Application Process

Apply to the School of Public Health (UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health) in November-December of the year prior to start. You will have to apply directly to the Epidemiology program. You will need to pay the $80 application fee and also the $250 deposit once you get in, but once you start in July, this money will be refunded to you, so be sure and save all receipts. (Checks are to be made out to the “University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill”.) The link is http://www.sph.unc.edu/epid/how_to_apply.html. Notification of payment is sent from the Office of Graduate Admissions: email graduate_admission@unc.edu.

Dr. Sandler will write you a recommendation and also serve as your advisor. Contact him at rsandler@med.unc.edu with a copy of your CV so that he can write a letter. One recommendation letter must come from him as your advisor. The other two can come from your home institution, such as from your residency program director and research advisor. The Department of Epidemiology general web site is http://www.sph.unc.edu/epid/. Our Graduate School waives the GRE since you have completed an MD degree.

Your acceptance to the Graduate School is largely a formality. The Graduate School will send you an acceptance packet, to which you are asked to respond. If the School does not hear from you by the deadline, the offer of admission may expire. However, if there are circumstances that make you unable to meet the Graduate School’s deadline, please notify either Carmen Woody, Student Services Manager, carmen_woody@unc.edu, 919-966-7458, or Nancy Colvin, Assistant to the Chair for Graduate Studies, ncolvin@unc.edu, 919-966-7459, so that the Graduate School can extend the deadline for you. They are located in the Department of Epidemiology, UNC School of Public Health, CB# 7435, 2106C McGavran-Greenberg Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435. Because Dr. Sandler agrees to be your academic advisor, and because we pay your tuition, they are happy to accept our fellows. Although he is your academic advisor, you do not have to do research with him and can continue with your present research advisor. The role of your academic advisor is to assist you in planning your program of study, including course work and research planning. The assignment is not necessarily permanent; in fact, as research plans develop, it is often desirable to identify a research advisor who is better suited to the interest area. The advising process itself is discussed in detail during the mandatory orientation sessions held on the Friday and Monday of the week of August 15 (generally around the 2nd or 3rd week of August). A detailed schedule of this should be sent to you over the summer. Each session lasts from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. You should attend both; however, Monday is the more important session and should not be missed.

In January, apply to the K-30 Curriculum (Dr. David Ransohoff in our GI division is the PI on this, ransohof@med.unc.edu, 919-966-3730). He serves as the Director of Clinical Research Curriculum, located at 365 Wing C of the Medical School, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7234. This is the program through UNC formerly known as the Clinical Scholars program. This program is now called the Clinical Research Curriculum (CRC) Training Program at UNC and includes particular ‘core’ classes in epidemiology and biostatistics and also teaches you about the NIH architecture. You participate in mock grant reviews and other preparations for NIH submission. The link is http://www.med.unc.edu/crc/enrolling.htm. The K-30 Curriculum is also described on our Office of Research and Faculty Development web site, www.med.unc.edu/orfd/career-development-1/k30-clinical-research-curriculum. This is a clinical research curriculum for fellows and junior faculty. Participating in the curriculum is one of the expectations of epidemiology fellowship. The program is very popular, and, for that reason, the organizers have become more formal in their approach. In order to participate in the curriculum, you need to complete an application.

In terms of specific information required of the application form, you can list Dr. Sandler initially as your mentor, but then continue with your current one. You will need to include his NIH biosketch, required of the application. Almost all of your time is protected for research except for one ½ day clinic per week (10% time). Dr. Sandler will need to sign the mentor agreement form. These items should be submitted before the April 30 deadline. Questions can be directed to Carla J. Stowe, who is an administrative assistant and the course coordinator in Dr. Trish Byrns’s office: kprograms@med.unc.edu or cstowe@email.unc.edu, 919-966-9625. (Dr. Byrns’s email address is pbyrns@med.unc.edu.) Carla will also be able to forward you an updated application to the program. Please send her your email address once you have it at UNC so that she can add you to their mailing distribution lists. Carla is located in Medicine Administration, CB# 7000, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7000. CRC will ask for a recommendation letter as well; the one Dr. Sandler writes for you for the School of Public Health suffices for this purpose.

Funding Considerations

Because out-of-state tuition is significantly higher than in-state tuition ($12,000 per semester versus $3,000), we prefer that out-of-state individuals do clinical training first, followed by epidemiology training. By the third year, there should be no problem with the individual qualifying for in-state tuition. An individual must be a North Carolina resident for at least a year before being considered for this reduction. North Carolina statute (G.S. 116-143) requires: “To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must have established legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina and maintained that legal residence for at least 12-months immediately prior to his or her classification as a resident for tuition purposes.” If you go to http://gradschool.unc.edu/residency/index.html, this is the site for “NC Residency for Tuition Purposes” where it lays out who should apply, the web-based (and paper) application process, and filing periods. Some fellows have gone in person to the Graduate School regarding in-state tuition requests (200 Bynum Hall, CB# 4010, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4010), faxed requests to 919-966-4010 ATTN: Residency, and emailed requests to grad_residency@mailserv.grad.unc.edu. The primary contact person in that office is Sylvia Roberson: email sbr@email.unc.edu, phone 3-9899 (fax same as above). Even though an individual may have been here for at least a year, this does not guarantee that a request for in-state tuition is approved. In this case, the individual can make a formal appeal. Many times the appeal is then approved, especially if the individual shows a valid NC license and has proof that he or she has paid taxes in NC. All individuals — regardless of time spent in NC – must go through the formal application process for in-state tuition: this is not granted automatically.

Prospective students often have questions about funding opportunities, such as tuition remission, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. In-depth descriptions of these options, along with application forms, are available on line at http://www.sph.unc.edu/epid/financial_assistance_resources_4076.html. Applicants whose interests are appropriate for departmental training grants (i.e., cancer, cardiovascular disease, environmental, occupational, and pharmacoepidemiology) will find the application form at the same web site address. Federal guidelines restrict training grants to U.S. citizens or resident aliens holding a ‘green card’. An exception to this is pharmacoepidemiology, which is not federally funded.

The K-30 Curriculum offers an NIH loan repayment program. This award is need based and quite difficult to get approved for. All of the documentation and application process is through NIH – UNC has nothing to do with this. Therefore, interested fellows must apply through the NIH itself. The link is https://www.lrp.nih.gov/eligibility-programs#ProgramsEligibilityEligibilityTile.

Please be mindful that it can take 45 days for us to process payment for tuition and that, in the meantime, if you should receive any ‘due’ or ‘past due’ statements from UNC Accounting to this effect, disregard them, as we submit payment for tuition and this can take a while to process.

Student Requirements

Because of changes in federal policy, it is now mandatory that all students have health insurance. Therefore, a special insurance plan in the amount of $361.50 is offered to students. Those with health insurance already (we pay for individual fellow benefits) can opt out of this plan but must do so by a certain deadline. Otherwise, the student is obligated to purchase the plan and pay for it him/herself. The school will keep the enrollment deposit of $250 as credit towards the student health insurance fee. However, this leaves a remaining balance of $111.50, which must be paid, or the school will put a hold on your account, such that you will not be able to continue in school unless this balance is taken care of.

The school now requires that all students have a tetanus update, which costs $52. (Even if this has been done on the hospital side, UNC still requires that this be done.) Unfortunately, since this is a requirement that applies to all students and does not pertain to research directly related to the training grant, we do not cover this fee. Unfortunately our insurance does not cover this fee either because it is not student-specific (e.g., similar to what is described above). Therefore, the fellow is responsible for payment of this fee. (Also please note below about graduate school enrollment and credit hours.)

Courses

In March prior to coming to Chapel Hill, apply for classes. Below is the list of classes that you will take as a first year master’s student. The second year is more variable, allowing you to take things you are interested in. Generally all of the first-year clinicians in the EPI program take the classes listed below in the first year. These include the Clinical Scholars courses (K-30) as well. Additionally, you may want to email Joanne Garrett, who teaches the BIOS class, sometime in the spring and introduce yourself to her. This is a popular class and hard to get into, so if you tell her you are a GI fellow who is part of the K-30 curriculum, you will more than likely be able to get into this class, joanne_garrett@med.unc.edu.

  1. Fall Semester (TOTAL 19 hours):
    i. EPID 805 (Core Class – 6 hours credit)
    ii. EPID 705 Logic in Epidemiology – 2 hours credit
    iii. BIOS 541 (Core Class – Biostatistics for Clinicians – 4 hours credit)
    iv. EPID 711 – (Core Class – Epidemiology for Clinicians – 3 hours credit)
    v. EPID 896 – (Core Class – Seminar in Clinical Research – 1 hour credit)
    vi. ENVR 600 – Introduction to Environmental Health – 3 hours credit
  2. Spring Semester: (TOTAL 17 hours)
    i. EPID 806 (Core Class – 4 hours credit)
    ii. BIOS 542 – (Core Class – 4 hours credit – continuation of Biostatistics for Clinicians)
    iii. EPID 896 – (Core Class – Seminar in Clinical Research- 1 hour credit)
    iv. EPID 715 – Epidemiology Methods and Lab – 5 hours credit
    v. HPAA 600 w – Web-Based Health Policy – 3 hours credit

A comprehensive listing of epidemiology courses offered can be found at http://www.sph.unc.edu/epid/courses_offered_200_565.html. Please note that core classes tend to start earlier than the other classes. The main core class starts the first week in August, 3 weeks before the official start of classes at UNC.

According to the UNC Graduate School handbook, “A full-time student is one who is matriculated and meets the conditions noted below: Registers for 9 or more graduate credit hours in a fall or spring semester.” This is to note that, from our end, if you are on a T32 training grant, the grant does not stipulate any set number of hours for school work. The grant does not even require school work, unless the trainee wants to take courses to advance his knowledge, in which case the grant agrees to cover tuition and associated costs, such as fees and textbooks or other course-related materials.

Please note that the Department of Epidemiology instituted a program in 2009 geared for MD clinicians, “Master of Science in Clinical Research.” We have begun enrolling our fellows in this program. Once accepted into the Department of Epidemiology, you should be able to enroll in this program or do a lateral transfer into this program without having to apply formally. Bill Miller, who teaches EPID 711 (Clinical Measurement and Evaluation), is supposed to be instrumental in designing this curriculum. You may want to email him to inquire about it, bill_miller@unc.edu, or Susan Pusek, Director of Education and Training Programs at our TraCS Institute, suspusek@med.unc.edu. To read about the program in general, please refer to http://www.sph.unc.edu/epid/degrees_and_certificates_198_6687.html or more specifically to http://www.sph.unc.edu/epid/mscr_degree_requirements_9572_9446.html.

This program is administered by the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health with assistance from the Education, Training and Career Development Core of the TraCS (Translational and Clinical Sciences) Institute. The degree program provides training in clinical and translational research methods for post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty in any of the health affairs schools.

Besides EPID 711, recommended coursework related to this particular track includes

    • EPID 690 Design of Clinical Research
    • EPID 733 Clinical Trials in Epidemiology
    • EPID 805 Clinical Epidemiologic Methods
    • EPID 896 Seminar in Clinical Research
    • DPET 832 Pharmacogenomics
    • DPET 833 Development and Investigation of Drugs
    • PUBH 741 Quantitative Measures for Health Care Professionals I
    • PUBH 742 Quantitative Measures for Health Care Professionals II

In addition, full-time MPH-MSCR students are allowed to take up to two classes at Duke each semester: http://crtp.mc.duke.edu. We have had several fellows take courses over there (generally on Thursdays), including current faculty member Spencer Dorn (sdorn@med.unc.edu).

Please note that UNC employees are able to take one free course in the evening college per semester.

Epidemiology fellows are expected to attend our weekly epidemiology meeting held each Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in 4137 Bioinformatics.

computer and Textbooks

Please note that your computer and textbooks cannot be purchased until after July 1, once grant funds (NIH and otherwise) become available and a new account number has been assigned. We can order a laptop for you, provided one is needed (not requesting one allows more discretionary funds, such as attendance at a high-level conference). Once you receive it, please go to Wayne Burgett, our IT support technician, so that he can configure it for you. His email address is eburgett@med.unc.edu (phone 919-843-8526; cell 919-260-2619), and he is located in 4160AA Bioinformatics. We order computers directly through Dell, as they have excellent warranty plans, with prompt customer service. We do not order our computers through the Carolina Computing Initiative (CCI). As a general rule we do not order Mac computers. Should you opt for a Mac, understand that it is not our obligation to provide technical support. We do provide technical support for the standard laptops we order for fellows. You may want to consider Microsoft Visio software for PC, which is used to make flow charts, and which may be beneficial for course work and grant applications.

In terms of purchasing textbooks, if possible, it is preferable to use an account number at the bookstore, rather than paying for them yourself and submitting receipts for processing. This makes it easier for the accounting staff. To obtain the account number or to drop off receipts, please visit Susan Thomas, our accounting specialist, in 4154 Bioinformatics, phone 919-843-6238. Her email address is susan_thomas@med.unc.edu. This includes any expenses incurred related to course work, such as STATA (the statistical program used in the MPH program), Endnote, and the $40 course pack for the BIOS class. Our former Health Affairs Bookstore has merged with our main campus bookstore: the UNC Student Stores is located on main campus across from the Bell Tower. On either the last weekend of July or the first weekend of August, these stores offer tax-exempt prices, and free shipping.

Information on STATA

 

STATA/IC through GradPlan 11-12 $179.00
Shipping (Ground) $9.75
$188.75

StataCorp LP
4905 Lakeway Drive
College Station, Texas 77845
Phone: 979-696-4600/800-782-8272/ Canada 800-248-8272 / Fax: 979-696-4601
Liz Serna, sales representative
Phone: 979-696-4600 ext. 300
mserna@stata.com / stata@stata.com
http://www.stata.com

 

Computer

Model: Ultra Portable
Description: Latitude E4310
Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista(r) Home Basic SP2, 32-bit, with media
Processor: Intel(r) Core(tm) i5-560M (2.66GHz, 3M cache) with Turbo Boost Technology
$1,141.60
Catalog number 25 RCRC1251346-2737598

Endnote

Endnote version Thomson Reuters for Windows-XP/Vista
$77.00 (order through Wayne)

Endnote for X4 Mac license
$77.00 + $3.00 shipping + $6.20 tax = $86.20 (order individually through CCI)

Course Packet for J Garrett (BIOS 541)

 

Purchase from Ram Book and Supply
306 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Phone: 919-969-8398
www.rambookstore.com

Course packet: $37.50
3-ring binder $4.15
Tax $3.23
TOTAL $44.88

NIS Database Application (MSCR)

GraphPad Software, Inc.
2236 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-454-5577
Fax: 858-454-4150
Source Code: Student
$300.00

 

 

 

 

Related Textbooks (Amazon price ranges)

Biostatistics: The Bare Essentials, Norman et al. $50.07 – $70.35
Clinical Epidemiology: The Essentials, Fletcher et al. $4.00
Designing Clinical Research, Hulley et al. $63.16 – $70.29
Epidemiology: Beyond the Basics $71.54
Epidemiology: An Introduction, Rothman $28.31
Epidemiology in Medicine, Hennekens et al. $41.97
Fundamentals of Clinical Trials $52.35
A Gentle Introduction to STATA, Acock $72.98
Modern Epidemiology, Rothman et al. $78.21

Supplies and Academic Space

Dale Schneider (dale_schneider@med.unc.edu) will order supplies for your office space, which you will share on the fourth floor of Bioinformatics, where you will have a slot for mail in our mail room. Dale is located in 4160F Bioinformatics, phone 919-843-3649. Since this building closes at 6:00 p.m. daily, you will need to obtain a card for after-hours building access. This request must designate access not only to the ground floor of Bioinformatics (front and rear entrance), but also access to the fourth floor. If you are ever in the building after hours and cannot access the fourth floor, take the side service elevator up, which is located along the corridor of the auditorium (1131) on the ground floor. The physical address for Bioinformatics is 130 Mason Farm Road, CB 7080.

Current Epidemiology Faculty

Former epidemiology fellows include Sid Barritt (barritt@med.unc.edu), Seth Crockett (sethc@med.unc.edu), Evan Dellon (edellon@med.unc.edu), Spencer Dorn (sdorn@med.unc.edu), and Millie Long (millie_long@med.unc.edu) – quite an impressive list. Any of these current faculty members are more than happy to assist you throughout this process and share their training experience with you. All have MPH degrees, with the exception of Dr. Barritt (MSCR).

Ancillary Programs

We have much infrastructure available to us at UNC for research support and services, as well as professional training and development:

  • UNC Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes (ECHO) explores new and innovative partnerships; echo.unc.edu; www.sph.unc.edu/echo
  • UNC Program on Health Outcomes has a seminar series and an archive of webcasts and PowerPoint index. This program provides exceptional teaching and conducts and delivers groundbreaking and dedicated research; www.sph.unc.edu/health-outcomes
  • Department of Health Policy and Management; www.sph.unc.edu/hpaa
  • UNC Center for School Leadership Development (CSLD), located at 140 Friday Center, is a university school program whose aim is to translate evidence-based findings to community practice; www.northcarolina.edu/academics/usp
  • SPH Leadership Program; www.sph.unc.edu/phlp

Fellows with Advanced Degrees

 

We accept fellows on our epidemiology training grant with advanced degrees such as MPH, MSc, and MSCR. These fellows are able to assist fellows new to graduate course work. Our NC TraCS (Translational and Clinical Science) Institute provides a two-year curriculum based on the K30 curriculum to such fellows, who can choose to audit these courses, thereby allowing more time for research, since they are not actually matriculating towards the completion of a graduate degree. This additional training should supplement and expand areas of research interest and enhance/complement projected or ongoing research studies. A model curriculum of a fellow who applied for and was accepted for this type of academic arrangement can be provided. Interested qualifying individuals should contact Susan Pusek, Director of Education and Training Programs at TraCS: suspusek@med.unc.edu, phone 6-0128, fax 6-1576 (CB 7064).

Auditing: Informal is at no charge; formal costs $20 per course.

Summary

We are quite pleased that you have chosen us for fellowship training in gastroenterology and clinical epidemiology. There are many factors that one takes into consideration when choosing a graduate program, such as faculty interests, course offerings, academic resources, and location. As a Department and as a School, we are fortunate in being able to reflect on a long, and continuing, history of success, which we attribute to a commitment of lifelong learning and sharing of information, as well as to the excellent research of a dedicated team of faculty, staff, students, and post-doctoral fellows. It is our hope that you will greatly benefit from our scholarship and innovative research in public health. To enhance your career in epidemiology, our School of Public Health also offers a “Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts,” an attractive program that can be taken in 12-21 months. This certificate course includes information on core epidemiology and biostatistics. If interested, please refer to the following link: http://www.sph.unc.edu/images/stories/centers_institutes/nciph/documents/core/corebrochure2007.pdf. Additionally, our Office of Postdoctoral Services is located in 509 Mary Ellen Jones Building (off of West Drive), phone 919-843-3654, fax 919-843-4169.