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Welcome to the Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health.

So much of today’s world is data driven! Do you ever imagine yourself making our community healthier by turning data into knowledge that will provide data-driven guidance to improve public health?

Biostatistics is at the forefront of many of today’s big data challenges and uses rigorous methods to unravel the true story hidden within increasingly complex data.  

Biostatisticians are currently in great demand! Our graduates hold positions in universities, research institutes, governmental agencies such as CDC, NIH, and state health departments, and in private industry including pharmaceutical companies and even financial institutions.

The Division of Biostatistics includes eleven full-time faculty.  Our faculty are passionate about teaching, mentoring and advancing biostatistical methodologies that address complex issues in data analysis and interpretation.  We integrate techniques in mathematics, statistics and public health to turn data into the answers to pressing public health and clinical questions. Students will not only acquire rigorous training in statistical methods and computational tools but will be educated in cognate areas of health sciences such as genetics and epidemiology. 

The Division’s primary areas of research expertise are longitudinal data analysis, Bayesian data analysis, spatial data analysis, quantile regression, correlated data analysis, survival analysis, brain imaging data analysis, and integrative analysis of “-omics” data.

Degrees Offered

We offer eight advanced degrees in epidemiology and biostatistics. Each graduate degree has specific application deadlines and requirements.

Biostatistics News

Chase Ferch

Staff Spotlight: Chase Ferch

As the epidemiology and biostatistics department's grant administrator, Chase Ferch oversees the pre-award and post-award management for all grant funding.

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Student award winners announced

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is proud to announce the recipients of their 2023 Student Awards. These four students were selected for their outstanding performance both academically and outside the classroom.


2022-2023 SPARC Graduate Research Grants awarded to 12 Arnold School graduate students

Graduate students from across the Arnold School have earned 2022-2023 SPARC Graduate Research Grants from the USC Office of the Vice President for Research to fund individual scholarship initiatives.

Rahul Ghosal

Rahul Ghosal brings functional, distributional data analysis expertise to Arnold School as assistant professor of biostatistics

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics welcomed Rahul Ghosal to their ranks at the start of the academic year. The assistant professor specializes in developing statistical methods with applications in the health sciences/biosciences.

Alexander McLain

Researchers overcome lack of data, develop method for estimating childhood stunting overweight trends

Arnold School researchers Edward Frongillo and Alexander McLain have partnered with scientists from UNICEF and the World Health Organization, including WHO collaborator Elaine Borghi, to develop a method for estimating childhood stunting and oversight trends in the European region.

Jiajia Zhang

Biostatistician applies big data to cancer survival, HIV treatment, COVID management

UofSC features biostatistics professor Jiajia Zhang, who won a 2022 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award for her contributions to advancing cancer, HIV and COVID treatment/outcomes by harnessing the power of big data. 

Emily Writer

Staff Spotlight: Emily Writer

In her role as program coordinator for the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Emily Writer supports the graduate directors with admissions and degree progression and is a key contributor to the success of its six graduate degree programs. 


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