Skip to Content

Arnold School of Public Health


Epidemiology and Biostatistics

If you would like to apply to the Biostatistics Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), or the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, you will need to submit your application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).  Epidemiology Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and dual Epidemiology/Environmental Health Sciences PhD applicants will also apply through SOPHAS.

 

Epidemiology and Biostatistics applicants must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Please visit SOPHAS for further details.

Application requirements include:

  • A degree from approved schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy (MPH); baccalaureate degree in arts, sciences, or medicine (MSPH); master’s degree in public health, preferably in epidemiology or biostatistics, from an approved school of public health or an equivalent advanced professional degree (PhD)
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, and academic/professional goals and objectives

For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – (minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam (minimum overall band score of 6.5 – BIOS, minimum overall band score of 7.0 – EPID). Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP).

Additional Admissions Information

Biostatistics MPH

Preference for admission is given to applicants with breadth and depth of academic preparation in the biological and health sciences. Applicants must have at least one year of full-time post-baccalaureate work experience in the field of public health or another health-related field. The following two groups of applicants will be considered for this program: graduates of approved schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine or pharmacy; and individuals who have at least a baccalaureate degree in such fields as medical technology, engineering or one of the sciences, and have appropriate experience or previous training in the field of public health.

Biostatistics MSPH

Applicants to the program must have a baccalaureate degree in arts, sciences or medicine. Applicants should also have completed with a B or greater Vector Calculus and Matrix or Linear Algebra.  Prior professional work experience is considered an asset but is not a requirement.

Biostatistics Ph.D.

Preference for admission is given to applicants with breadth and depth of academic preparation in Biostatistics, Statistics, or a closely related field. Applicants must have a Masters degree in one of these areas, or a Masters degree in some other field and experience in these areas.  Three years of post-baccalaureate work and/or research experience in the field of public health or another health‑related field is highly recommended, but not required.

Epidemiology MPH

Preference for admission is given to applicants with breadth and depth of academic preparation in the biological and health sciences. Applicants who will be considered for this program are graduates of approved schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine or pharmacy. MCAT scores are not accepted in lieu of GRE scores.

Epidemiology MSPH

Applicants to the program must have a baccalaureate degree in arts, science, or medicine. Prior professional work experience is considered an asset, but is not a requirement. MCAT scores are not accepted in lieu of GRE scores.

Epidemiology Ph.D.

Applicants must have a master’s degree in public health, preferably in epidemiology, from an approved school of public health or an equivalent advanced professional degree. Three years of post-baccalaureate work experience in the field of public health or another health‑related field is highly recommended but not required.  Doctoral applicants must communicate with faculty in their area(s) of interest before applying in order to tailor their statement of purpose.  Applicants may obtain a list of faculty from our faculty and staff directory.  Applicants should indicate in their statement of purpose the faculty member(s) in which they have spoken and is willing to serve as their advisor.   If you are applying for the Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program (BBIP), please apply using the Priority deadline. All applicants who meet the Priority deadline will be considered for the USC Presidential Fellowship.

Epidemiology/Environmental Health Sciences Dual Ph.D.

Applicants must have a master's degree in appropriate field or equivalent advanced professional degree and/or experience. Masters degree in epidemiology and/or environmental health sciences preferred. A faculty member from EPID and ENHS must agree to serve as your co-advisor before you can be accepted into the dual doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program in EPID/ENHS. It is up to you to identify faculty members who will be willing to serve as your advisors. You can obtain a list of our faculty from the faculty and staff directory. It is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that you communicate with the faculty in your area(s) of interest BEFORE YOU APPLY, so that you can focus your statement of purpose.