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Research Areas

Arnold School research is often interdisciplinary and characterized by collaborative partnerships from across Arnold School departments and colleges within USC as well as universities and organizations around the nation and the world. These partnerships frequently takes place through our Centers and Programs and almost always involve students.

Research area by cluster

testing  Disease

users Physical Activity

Physical Activity

Physical activity research examines the relationships among exercise participation, physical activity, and human health and focuses on the development and delivery of preventive and rehabilitative physical activity programs that promote health and prevent disease.

Faculty
Beets, Michael
Davis, Mark
Fritz, Stacy
Geraci, Marco
Hand, Amy
Herter, Troy
Kaczynski, Andrew
Kenison, Kelli
Koh, Ho-Jin
Lane-Cordova, Abbi 
Liu, Jihong
McIver, Kerry
Monroe, Courtney
Moore, Robert
Pate, Russell
Pellegrini, Christine
Sarzynski, Mark
Saunders, Ruth
Smuder, Ashley
Stucker, Jessica
Sui, Xuemei
Torres-McGehee, Toni
Wang, Xuewen
Weaver, Robert
Wilcox, Sara
Wirth, Michael
Yeargin, Susan

rocket  Global Health

Global Health

Global health research provides opportunities throughout the world to substantially enrich our understanding of health problems and solutions through engaging with environments and systems both similar to and different from those in the U.S.

Faculty
Blake, Christine
Chen, Brian
Cho, Hyunsan
Frongillo, Ed
Geraci, Marco
Hebert, James
Li, Xiaoming
McLain, Alexander
Moore, Spencer
Ostermann, Jan
Qiao, Shan
Simmons, David
Thrasher, Jim

Leaf  Environmental Health Links

Environment

Environmental health research examines the causes and effects of interactions between humans and their environment to understand and minimize negative health impacts on both. Numerous elements of pure and applied sciences, including biology, chemistry, geography, physics, engineering, public health, and medicine, are used to explore these complex interactions.

Faculty
Baalousha, Mohammed
Burch, Jim
Cai, Bo
Cai, Goushuai
Chanda, Anindya
Chandler, Tom
Decho, Alan
Feigley, Charles
Geraci, Marco
Jones, Sonya
Kaczynski, Andrew
Kloot, Buz
Lead, Jamie
McDermott, Suzanne
Merrifield, Ruth
Norman, Sean
Porter, Dwayne
Seth, Ratanesh
Smithwick, Julie
Steck, Susan
Toumey, Chris
Vejerano, Eric
Xiao, Shuo

Function  Brain and Cognitive Function

Brain

Brain and cognitive function research explores the multi-faceted human communication process by examining the production and perception of speech, the hearing mechanism, and the organization of language in the brain and supports the mitigation of communication disorders resulting from stroke, disease, hearing loss, congenital disabilities, and developmental delays in children.

Faculty
Adlof, Suzanne
Apel, Kenn
Beattie, Paul
Behroozmand, Roozbeh
Burch, Jim
Davis, Mark
Den Ouden, Dirk
Fogerty, Dan
Fridriksson, Julius
Friedman, Daniela
Fritz, Stacy
Hair, Nicole
Harrison, Sayward
Herter, Troy
Horner, Ronnie
Klusek, Jessica
Li, Xiaoming
Lohman, Matt
McDermott, Suzanne
Montgomery, Allen
Moore, Robert
Stewart, Jill
Torres-McGehee, Toni
Valois, Robert
Wade-Woolley, Lesly
Weaver, Robert
Werfel, Krystal
Wirth, Michael
Xirasagar, Sudha
Yeargin, Susan

Food  Nutrition, Diet, and Food Safety

Nutrition

Nutrition research supports the efforts of community partners, other research institutions, public agencies, and professional organizations, both at home and abroad, to better ensure a safe, stable, and nutritious food supply and to understand and promote healthy eating practices.

Faculty
Alberg, Anthony
Blake, Christine
Chanda, Anindya
Davis, Mark
Frongillo, Ed
Hebert, James
Jones, Sonya
Kenison, Kelli
Liese, Angela
McIver, Kerry
Merchant, Anwar
Pellegrini, Christine
Rudisill, Caroline
Steck, Susan
Thrasher, Jim
Torres-McGehee, Toni
Turner-McGrievy, Gabrielle
Weaver, Robert
Wilcox, Sara
Wirth, Michael

Earth  Communities

Balance  Disparities

Policy  Methods and Policy Development

Hospital  Hospital Connections

Hospital

Hospital connections research supports the application of evidence-based methods in clinical areas through partnerships with Greenville Health System, Palmetto Health, and Lexington Medical Center.

Faculty
Brooks, John
Eberth, Jan
Guimaraes, Edna
Horner, Ronnie
Hung, Peiyin
Nolan, Mellissa
Rudisill, Caroline
Smithwick, Julie
Xirasagar, Sudha

 

Department Research 

Communication Sciences and Disorders

COMD research involves the scientific study of speech production, speech perception, hearing, language organization in the brain, and language and literacy development and disorders.

Environmental Health Sciences

ENHS research aims to understand how environmental exposures affect human health and disease and how human activities affect the environment--often through collaboration with scientists in other fields.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

EPID/BIOS has a diverse research portfolio and a strong tradition of collaborating with public and private health agencies and institutions, which enables us to generate new knowledge that can lead to improvements in health.

Exercise Science

EXSC research examines the relationships among exercise participation, physical activity and human health and focus on the development and delivery of preventive and rehabilitative physical activity programs that promote health and prevent disease.

Health Services Policy and Management

HSPM research is interdisciplinary and is concerned with the promotion of personal and public health through planning, organizing, directing, controlling, coordinating, and evaluating health services.