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Arnold School of Public Health


Epidemiology and Biostatistics

If you would like to apply to the Biostatistics 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.

In Fall 2019, the Arnold School of Public Health will launch our redesigned MPH programs to meet new accreditation criteria from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Go here for more information.

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

 

Admissions Information by Degree

Biostatistics MSPH

Special Note: Contact the program coordinator in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at 803-777-7353 or epibios@sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants to the program must have a baccalaureate degree in arts, sciences or medicine from an accredited institution    
  • Students in the program must have completed Calculus 1 & Calculus 2 as well as a course in Matrix or Linear Algebra with a grade of B or better. Applicants can be accepted without meeting these requirements, but they must be completed prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • 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
  • Prior professional work experience is considered an asset but is not a requirement
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • 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)
  • GRE scores
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School 
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208
Biostatistics Ph.D.

Special Note: Contact the program coordinator in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at 803-777-7353 or epibios@sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a master’s degree in Biostatistics, Statistics, or a master’s degree in some other field and experience in these areas
  • Students in the program must have completed Calculus 1 through Calculus 3 as well as a course in Matrix or Linear Algebra with a grade of B or better. Applicants can be accepted without meeting these requirements, but they must be completed prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • 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
  • Three years of post-baccalaureate work experience in the field of public health or another health-related field is highly recommended, but not required

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives 
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • 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)
  • GRE scores 
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208
Epidemiology MPH

Special Note: Contact the Epidemiology graduate director at 803-777-7353 or ljhazlet@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

We welcome you to apply to our Master of Public Health degree program, which matriculates one cohort of students every fall.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, preferably in the arts, sciences, or medicine
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • GRE scores (50th percentile or above in Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing)
  • 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 7.0.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
  • Prior professional work experience is considered an asset but is not a requirement

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives 
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • 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)
  • GRE scores (MCAT not accepted in lieu of GRE scores)
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208
Epidemiology MSPH

Special Note: Contact the Epidemiology graduate director at 803-777-7353 or ljhazlet@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

We welcome you to apply to our Master of Science in Public Health degree program, which matriculates one cohort of students every fall.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, preferably in the arts, sciences, or medicine
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • GRE scores (50th percentile or above in Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing)
  • 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 7.0.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
  • Prior professional work experience is considered an asset but is not a requirement

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives 
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • 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)
  • GRE scores (MCAT not accepted in lieu of GRE scores)
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208
Epidemiology Ph.D.

Special Note: A member of the epidemiology faculty must agree to serve as your mentor before you can be accepted into the PhD degree program. It is up to you to find a mentor. You can obtain a list of our faculty from the departmental website: http://sph.sc.edu/people.  You must communicate with the faculty in your area(s) of interest before you apply, so that you can focus your statement of purpose.  In your statement of purpose, please detail your research interest and indicate the faculty member who has agreed to mentor you. 

Contact the Epidemiology graduate director at 803-777-7353 or ljhazlet@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree, preferably in public health (epidemiology) from an accredited school of public health or an equivalent advanced professional degree
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • GRE scores (50th percentile or above in Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing)
  • 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 7.0.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
  • 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.

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives 
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • 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)
  • GRE scores (MCAT not accepted in lieu of GRE scores)
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208
Epidemiology/Environmental Health Sciences Dual Ph.D.

Special Note: A faculty member from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (ENHS) AND the Department of Epidemiology (EPID) must agree to serve as your co-advisors before you can be accepted into the dual doctoral (PhD) degree program in EPID/ENHS. It is up to you to identify two faculty members who will be willing to serve as your co-advisors. You can obtain a list of our faculty from the departmental website: http://sph.sc.edu/people. You must communicate with the faculty in your area(s) of interest before you apply, so that you can focus your statement of purpose. Contact the Program Graduate Directors for permission before submitting an application after the deadline date.   

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a master's degree in appropriate field or equivalent advanced professional degree and/or experience.  Master’s degree in epidemiology and/or environmental health sciences preferred
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • 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 7.0.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives 
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • 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)
  • GRE scores
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208

A faculty member in each department, Epidemiology AND Environmental Health Sciences, must agree to mentor you prior to submission of your application to SOPHAS.