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The University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina (USC) was established in 1801 and is a full-service, state-supported research university that includes the 358-acre Columbia campus and seven regional campuses with a total full-time student body population of more than 46,000 and 2,100 full-time faculty members. Located in the capital city of Columbia in the geographic center of the state, USC's main campus is part of a thriving metropolitan community of more than 450,000 inhabitants. USC offers a broad spectrum of educational opportunities with 14 colleges and schools that encompass 324 undergraduate and graduate degree-granting programs. USC confers 40% of all bachelors, professional, and graduate degrees awarded in public institutions in South Carolina.

USC Research Capacity

In fiscal year 2014, USC received $230 million in extramural sponsored award funding, 70% percent of which was for research. USC is one of 73 public universities listed by the Carnegie Foundation in the highest tier of U.S. research institutions. The University provides researchers with a full range of grant-related services through its Sponsored Awards Management, and Contract and Grant Accounting offices. USC’s Office of Research Compliance oversees the institutional review processes for human and animal subjects, initiates internal paperwork to establish accounts, and monitors contractual agreements.

USC Libraries

Thomas Cooper, the University’s main library centrally located on the Columbia campus and the School of Medicine library is a 15-minute drive from the School. Both libraries maintain an extensive collection of health-related resources, including books, journals, and indices. Access to online databases and full-text journals is available through the Thomas Cooper Library Web page.

USC Office of Information Technology

USC Office of Information Technology (OIT), under the direction of the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, oversees centralized and distributed computing and telecommunications services for academic, research, and administrative use to meet the needs of USC faculty, staff, and students. OIT provides the USC community with computing, voice, and data communications, networking, data security, video transport, information technology training, web services, customer support, desktop and server support, installation and maintenance of IT infrastructure, policies and procedures assistance, PC labs, software licensing and distribution, IT planning, applications development and support, and operational systems. The Columbia campus is covered by wireless service.

The Arnold School of Public Health

The Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH) was established in 1975 and has an enrollment of more than 2,200 students majoring in public health, including 500 full-time graduate students and 1450 full-time undergraduates. The School currently employs 125 tenure, research, and clinical track faculty members. Based at USC's main campus in Columbia, ASPH is one of 50 U.S. schools of public health fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and is accredited through 2017. ASPH’s major mission is the improvement of public health status by preventing health hazards and by promoting improved health services through its education, research, and service programs. The School is mandated to improve environmental quality, to strengthen health promotion and disease control efforts, and to improve health service delivery.

Arnold School Degree Programs

The Arnold School of Public Health offers programs of study at the doctoral, masters and bachelors level. Doctoral degrees include Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in seven disciplines, Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in three disciplines and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). Masters degrees include Master of Public Health (MPH) in seven disciplines, MS or Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in five disciplines, Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Speech Pathology (MSP) and Master of Communication Disorders (MCD). Several of these programs are also offered as part of dual degree programs. The Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health dual degree (MSW/MPH) is offered in cooperation with the College of Social Work with an MPH major of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior or Health Services Policy and Management; the MPH in General Public Health is part of the Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH) and Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Public Health (PharmD/MPH) dual degree programs. Three baccalaureate programs include the BS in Exercise Science and both BA and BS programs in Public Health. In addition, the school offers two certificates of graduate study, one in public health and one in health communications, administered in collaboration with the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and the School of Library and Information Science. The Arnold School is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health; the DPT, MHA, MSP and MCD programs are accredited by their respective professional groups.

Arnold School Computing Resources

 ASPH maintains numerous computer systems spanning 8 sites and includes 28 Microsoft-based servers, a student computer lab with 34 workstations, and more than 800 individual faculty, staff, and research computer systems. Four full-time information resource consultants manage and maintain the School's computing resources. USC’s Columbia campus is covered by wireless service. 

Arnold School Computing Security and Capacity 

The ASPH datacenter is key access only by the IT Staff and Dean of the School. The server infrastructure is primarily run on 3 Dell PowerEdge R710 servers with dual 6-core processors and 48GB of memory each that run VMware vSphere 5 Enterprise software. These servers run 28 virtual Windows 2003, 2008 R2 and 2012 servers. The virtual servers are stored on a 6TB Dell MD3200 SAN (Storage Area Network) running a RAID6 array for redundancy and a 30TB expansion SAN also running a RAID6 array. The datacenter also houses 5 additional physical servers. All of the servers have APC battery backup power supplies and gigabit Ethernet connections. Full backups are run to an off-site NAS (Network Attached Storage) located in a secure, locked facility each weekend and incremental backups are captured Monday-Friday evenings. Shares are created via a Distributed File System in Windows Server and are access controlled via Groups containing unique IDs for users that require complex passwords. 

Arnold School Departments 

ASPH consists of six academic departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Exercise Science; Health Promotion Education and Behavior; and Health Services Policy and Management. In addition to its six departments, ASPH houses interdisciplinary research centers, including the CDC-funded Prevention Research Center, the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, the Center for Health Services and Policy Research; the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities; the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, and the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center. 

Arnold School Faculty Offices

Each faculty member has a private office with a printer and personal computer with Microsoft Office and additional software relevant to his or her teaching and research, Internet access, telephone, and general office support. Faculty members are furnished with additional office space as needed for project support.

Arnold School Research Capacity

The ASPH Office of Research assists faculty and departmental staff with grant development-related activities that promote and support efforts to increase grant funding to the School. In fiscal year 2014, ASPH principal investigators were awarded $30.6 million in extramural funding, including $23 million in research awards from both federal and non-federal sources. The ASPH Office of Research serves as liaison to USC's Office of Sponsored Awards Management, which reviews and signs off on all grant applications prior to submission.

Intra-University Collaboration

In close proximity to ASPH are other schools of health-related professions that form USC’s Health Sciences Division, including the School of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Social Work. Faculty from these schools are actively involved in interdisciplinary research, training, and service activities with ASPH faculty.

Federal Funding

The University of South Carolina received $150 million in federal grant and contract awards, or 65% of its sponsored award funding from all extramural sources in fiscal year 2014. USC’s Arnold School of Public Health received $22.3 million in federal awards, nearly 75% of its total sponsored award funding. More than half of federal grant and contract funding to the Arnold School comes from NIH, followed by funding from other federal agencies, including CDC, HRSA, DOD, EPA, USDA, NOAA, USDE, DOE, NSF, and AHRQ.

The Biostatistics Collaborative Research Core

The Biostatistics Collaborative Research Core (BCRC) provides collaboration assistance, consultation, and support on biostatistics methods, data management, and data coordination for health sciences research at USC, partner institutions, and research clients, while fostering original methodological research.

Health Sciences South Carolina

Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) was founded in 2004 to improve the health and economic well-being of South Carolinians through a coordinated strategy to advance research and education through public-private partnerships statewide. HSSC partners, which include the Greenville Hospital System, Palmetto Health, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina, each contribute financially to research projects that support their respective missions. These investments in research are intended to attract and recruit nationally renowned researchers, accelerate economic development, compete more effectively for national grant support, and attract additional federal, state and private funds.

The Discovery I building 

The Discovery I building, located in the heart of USC’s 500-acre Innovista research district, is a 115,846 square foot LEED certified structure that is home to research labs, academic offices, and centers and institutes. Fully open for occupancy in January 2014, Discovery I houses the Arnold School departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Services Policy and Management, and Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior as well as offices and research space for the departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Environmental Health Sciences, and Psychology. Also located in the building are the ASPH Offices of Research and Information Technology, which staffs a 34-station computer lab; the Cancer Prevention and Control Program; Columbia’s Cooking! an experiential learning kitchen; the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities; the Disability Research and Dissemination Center; research affiliates of the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging; the Smartstate Center for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Sciences; the Smartstate Technology Center for Promoting Healthful Lifestyles; the USC Institute for the Advancement of Healthcare; the Office of Practice and Community Engagement; and the Behavioral Neuroscience laboratory.