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ESO provides an organized student voice within the Department of Epidemiology and represents epidemiology students to the School of Public Health and the University. We are welcoming faces to new students and faculty, organizers of both social and professional development events, liaisons to the department for student concerns about policies or curricula, and responsible for maintaining the Epidemiology Student Room, a place for all students in the department to study and socialize.

Annual ESO academic events include:

  • 2 invited speakers from external institutions (fall and spring)
  • Research-specific lecture by UNC faculty member (spring)

Annual ESO social events include:

  • 2 department happy hours (fall and spring)
  • 2 department picnics (fall and spring)
    2015 Fall Picnic flyer
  • Winter Music Fest
  • Welcoming prospective students during open house and first-year students during orientation
  • Staff appreciation

ESO sends representatives to:

(If you are interested in serving as a representative of ESO or would like to learn more about our involvement with these organizations, please contact any one of the officers listed below.)

The 2015-2016 ESO officers are:

President: Sydney Thai sydneytt@email.unc.edu
Vice President: Nadja Vielot vielot@email.unc.edu
Treasurer: Elizabeth Kelly liz_kelly@med.unc.edu
Secretary: Shahar Shmuel shmuel@unc.edu
Historian: Stephanie DeLong smdelong@email.unc.edu
Officer: Antoine Baldassari baldassa@email.unc.edu

Please contact any one of us with questions or updates concerning ESO activities.


 Recent academic events:

“Public Policy Approaches to Improving Population Health”
Presented by: Paula M. Lantz, PhD, Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
April 17, 2015

“On Being an Epidemiologist all the Way to 2050”
Presented by: Dr. Jonathan Samet, MD, MS Director, USC Institute for Global Health
March 24, 2014

“The Origin of AIDS”
Presented by: Dr. Jacques Pépin, Associated Professor, Université de Sherbrooke
September 17, 2013

“The Fire Breathing Dragon: Facing History in Translating Neighborhood Research into Practice”
Presented by: Dr. Jennifer Ahern, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.
March 27, 2013

“Neglected Study Designs in Epidemiology”
Presented by: Dr. Clare Weinberg, Chief, Biostatistics Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
November 15, 2012

“Round Peg in a Square Hole: Epidemiology and Obesity” (flyer)
Presented by: Dr. Thomas Glass, Professor of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
April 25, 2012

“Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease: The John Henryism Hypothesis”
Presented by: Dr. Sherman James, Professor of Public Policy, Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy.
December 6, 2011

“Epidemiology methods are useless. They can only give you answers”
Presented by: Dr. Miguel Hernán, Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
April 6, 2011

“Radiation and lymphoma: Evidence of associations under long latencies”
Presented by: Dr. David Richardson, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
January 26, 2011

Seminar and computer lab workshop on hierarchical linear models in epidemiology (Slides)
Presented by: Dr. Lynne Messer, Assistant Research Professor, Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research at the Duke Global Health Institute and Children’s Environmental Health Initiative
October 27, 2010

Students are strongly encouraged to pay annual dues of $20 to support all of these activities and maintain our services in the epidemiology student room. We can accept cash and checks (made out to “UNC ESO”). Please place your money in the can in Valerie’s office, and thank you for supporting ESO!