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Arnold School of Public Health


Graduate Degrees in Epidemiology

Our master’s and doctoral programs provide students with the necessary skills to determine the causes of health problems by describing the genetic, biological, environmental, social and behavioral factors affecting illness and premature death as well as factors that contribute to health and well-being.

If you have a passion for preventing disease in populations, epidemiology might be just the field for you. Epidemiologists research factors that influence human health and evaluate prevention and treatment interventions. Graduates pursue a variety of careers, including positions within public health departments (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control), with companies such as Environ or Merck and in academic settings through teaching and research. Two master's degree programs (Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Public Health) and two doctoral degrees (Doctor of Philosophy and a dual Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences) are available.

Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (MPH)

Are you a nurse or physician? Do you have prior public health experience? The MPH degree prepares individuals with these backgrounds to apply epidemiologic skills in a practice setting.

Master of Science in Public Health in Epidemiology (MSPH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) are just a couple of the organizations that employ some of our epidemiology alumni. The MSPH program focuses on the development of research skills necessary for the study of the factors which influence the public’s health.

Ph.D. in Epidemiology

Is teaching at a college level your ideal career path? Do you want to pursue your own independent research? The Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology is an advanced graduate degree intended for those who want to pursue teaching and research careers. The major objective is to prepare an individual to pursue original epidemiologic investigation of diseases and to teach at the university level.

Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences (dual degree)

Are you interested in learning more about the increasingly prominent role of the environment in determining human health? Our dual Doctor of Philosophy degree in Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences explores the unique set of requirements in relation to study design and measurement of both environmental exposures and environment-related health outcomes.