Public Health at South Carolina

With a degree in public health, you can join the effort to protect the environment, prevent the spread of disease, enhance health and well-being at home and abroad and affect change in policy and law that ensures the rights of all citizens to a healthy world.

What to Expect

As a public health major, you will develop the specialized knowledge and skills needed to address current and emerging public health issues. You will learn to demonstrate proficient reasoning and critical thinking skills, including the ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate information to make sound decisions and solve problems as they apply to public health.

As a student in the only school of public health in the state of South Carolina, you will discover quality learning experiences both in and out of the classroom. You will have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research led by well-trained, nationally known faculty and staff experts. In fact, the Arnold School of Public Health leads the university in extramural funding per tenure-track faculty and is a major contributor to the university's recognition by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution of both "high community service activity" and "high research activity."

 

Undergraduate Degree

B B.A. and B.S. in Public Health

The Arnold School of Public Health offers both a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science with a major in public health. Both degrees provide you with a strong foundation for careers in public health or other graduate programs. The B.S. program offers a broad-based natural-science curriculum that is valuable for students interested in graduate study in natural and environmental public health or students who want to enter medical school.

Typical courses for the major in public health include:

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Elementary Statistics for the Biological and Life Sciences
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Environmental Pollution and Health
  • Personal and Community Health
  • Psychology of Physical Activity
  • Introduction to Health Promotion, Education and Behavior
  • Health Problems in a Changing Society
  • Community Health Problems
  • Introduction to Health Care Management and Organization
     

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The Arnold School of Public Health offers a graduate-level degree in general public health, primarily for those with a professional doctoral degree or post-baccalaureate health-related experience. Students in the USC School of Medicine's preventive medicine residency without a prior M.P.H. degree also enroll in this general program to satisfy certain residency accreditation criteria. The Master of Public Health in Physical Activity and Public Health degree is primarily for health professionals who have a career interest in physical activity. The Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health is designed for those interested in pursuing studies in public health who are currently not planning to obtain a graduate degree in public health.

The curriculum of the physical therapy program consists of 124 credit hours of coursework over 3 1/3 years. In other words, students attend three semesters per year (fall, spring and summer), plus one extra fall semester. Following completion of the DPT, students are eligible to sit for the national physical therapy licensure exam.

M  Master of Public Health in General Public Health (M.P.H.)

The Master of Public Health in General Public Health provides a systematic approach to acquiring the academic experiences needed to understand and appreciate a broad range of public health concepts, issues and opportunities.

Graduate Director: Mike Byrd, 803-777-5030, mdbyrd01@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Xavery Hopkins (803) 777-4788, hopkinsx@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

M  Master of Public Health in Physical Activity and Public Health (M.P.H.)

The Master of Public Health in Physical Activity and Public Health (MPH-PAPH) degree offers specializations in two areas: Programmatic and Surveillance. This degree is designed to prepare health professionals who have a career interest in physical activity.

Graduate Director: Jennifer O'Neill, ONEILLJR@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Latoya Townes, 803-777-2185, ljfrazi@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

D  Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) 

The 3 1/3 year clinical doctoral program starts in August of each year and admits a small class size that allows students an opportunity to get individualized instruction and closely interact with instructors. Students complete a research project focused on clinical practice and learn the value of evidence-based practice. Following completion of the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), students are eligible to sit for the national physical therapy licensure exam.

Graduate Director: Stacy Fritz, 803-777-6887, sfritz@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Martha Haynes, 803-777-5521, mh@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

DD  Dual Degree: Public Health and Medicine (M.P.H. / M.D.)

This program, offered by the Arnold School of Public Health and the School of Medicine, culminates in a Master of Public Health and a Doctor of Medicine.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

DD  Dual Degree: Public Health and Pharmacy (M.P.H. / PharmD.)

This program, offered by the Arnold School of Public Health and the the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, culminates in a Master of Public Health and a Doctor of Pharmacy.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

C  Certificate in Public Health 

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health is an 18-hour certificate (six courses) designed for those interested in pursuing studies in public health who are currently not planning to obtain a graduate degree in public health. 

Graduate Director: Mike Byrd, 803-777-0258, mdbyrd01@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Barbara Reager, 803-777-3908, breager@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.