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Arnold School of Public Health


Centers and Programs

Our service and outreach activities impact various populations across South Carolina and beyond. The Arnold School houses and partners with a wide range of centers, institutes and other programs that conduct original research, engage in translation and dissemination, and connect directly with the public through clinical and other interactive services. These groups reflect our strengths as a School of Public Health and enable us to make a targeted and lasting impact on the populations whose lives we strive to improve.

Biostatistics Collaborative Research Core (BCRC)

BCRC increases the capacity for health sciences and social sciences by providing core facilities and expertise. We offer a wide range of services, from brief professional consultations to the development of new statistical methods and providing training and development activities to new investigators, graduate students and research fellows.  

Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CPCP)

CPCP conducts the majority of cancer research for the University of South Carolina with the aim of reducing the burden of cancer by eliminating cancer disparities and making effective methods of preventing and controlling cancer available to all. We are committed to integrating service, education and research in engaging the community.

Center for Effectiveness Research in Orthopaedics (CERortho)

John Brooks (Health Services Policy and Management) is the SmartState Endowed Chair for the Center for Effectiveness Research in Orthopaedics (CERortho), which conducts research in tissue-engineered materials and implantable devices that will help the thousands of people who suffer from orthopaedic maladies each year.

Center for Environmental NanoScience & Risk (CENR)

CENR is a SmartState™ Center that investigates the effects and behaviors of manufactured and natural nanoparticles in the environment and the subsequent effects on environmental and human health. We also work on the development of low hazard and low risk nanotechnologies for the benefit of public health.

Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities

The Center partners with community groups, public agencies, other research institutions and professional organizations to lead nutrition and health disparities research and activities. Our interdisciplinary researchers work to understand how nutritional components interact with a variety of contexts, including political, physical, economic and social structures. 

Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR)

C-STAR aims to improve aphasia treatment effectiveness as well as identify patient factors that can be used to improve diagnosis of language impairment, guide aphasia treatment, and predict prognosis. C-STAR houses researchers who examine the effects of behavioral treatment, brain stimulation, and residual brain function (brain plasticity) on recovery from aphasia. 

Children’s Physical Activity Research Group (CPARG)

CPARG brings together faculty, staff and students from various disciplines who are dedicated to expanding the body of knowledge on physical activity and its promotion in children and adolescents. We strive to enhance the health of young people by generating the knowledge needed to design and implement effective public health policies.

Clinical Exercise Research Center

CERC is equipped for state-of-the-art measurement of metabolic and cardiorespiratory responses and adaptations to exercise in human subjects. A fully automated system for measurement of metabolism is included. This facility is also equipped with the state-of-the-art DEXA machine for body composition and bone mineral analysis. We have full phlebotomy capability and provides assay analyses. This facility provides an important resource for conducting undergraduate and graduate student research projects.

Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies

The Consortium coordinates and promotes multidisciplinary research related to Latinos in South Carolina and the Southeast. We also foster the dissemination of research findings and their application/translation into practice and policy, support teaching related to Latinos, and collaborate with other entities involved with the state’s growing Latino population.

Core for Applied Research and Evaluation (CARE)

CARE is focused on evaluation and public service designed to improve the practices of the health care delivery system and the health policies of South Carolina and beyond. CARE specializes in developing and conducting surveys, focus groups, and interviews; evaluating the implementation of evidence-based programs in real world settings; quality improvement services, including process maps; group facilitation, especially planning processes; and engaging communities in all phases of research.

Disability Research and Dissemination Center (DRDC)

DRDC is a partnership among the University of South Carolina, the State University of New York Upstate Medical University and the American Association of Health and Disability. Our purpose is to conduct research, train professionals, complete specific projects and disseminate knowledge related to birth defects, disabilities, human development and blood disorders.

Global Health

The Arnold School has been involved in global health initiatives and growing our international presence through education, research and outreach programs since 1975. Our goal is to respond to global health challenges by promoting collaborative research among students, faculty and stakeholders around the world.

Office for the Study of Aging (OSA)

OSA promotes healthy aging through program development, evaluation, education/training and research. We seek to improve long-term care service delivery for South Carolina’s older adults by providing evidence-based information to policy makers, health care professionals and the public.

PASOs

PASOs is a community-based organization that helps the Latino community and service providers work together for strong and healthy families. Our community health programs include prenatal education, outreach on women’s and family health topics, connection to needed resources, increasing access to health care, cultural competency and development of community leaders.

Prevention Research Center (PRC)

PRC is a part of the Prevention Research Center Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and sponsors projects that encourage people of all ages to become more physically active. Committed to improving the health of individuals, families and communities, we promote physical activity through community intervention, training, dissemination and applied research.

South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network-II (SCCDCN-II)

SCCDCN-II is one of 23 Community Network Programs Centers funded by the National Cancer Institute. Focusing on the African-American population, our goal is to reduce cancer disparities through community-based participatory cancer education, research and training.

South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH)

IMPH convenes academic, governmental, organizational and community-based stakeholders around issues important to the health and wellbeing of all South Carolinians. We also provide evidence-based information relevant to policy decisions and other actions that impact health and health care.

South Carolina Rural Health Research Center

The Center investigates persistent inequalities in health status within rural populations with an emphasis on inequities stemming from socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and access to healthcare services. We strive to make our research findings useful to organizations and individuals working to improve quality of life for rural residents.

Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (TecHealth)

TecHealth is a SmartState™ Center comprised of an interdisciplinary team of research scientists and students. We are dedicated to creating and utilizing innovative technology to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors, which can solve some of the most pressing chronic health problems facing the citizens of South Carolina.

USC Speech and Hearing Research Center

The Center provides a variety of diagnostic and treatment programs for individuals of all ages with communication disorders. We train future speech-language pathologists and researchers while providing our patients with the highest quality evaluation and treatment to improve social, educational and vocational participation.