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Epidemiology

Epidemiologists are trained in the study of the distribution and determinants of disease or disability in human populations.

Career opportunities exist at local and state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, HMOs, universities and research organizations. Epidemiologists may become preventive medicine officers, public health surveillance officers or directors of disease registries.

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics' (EPID/BIOS) instructional program has two major components: epidemiology and biostatistics. Epidemiology involves research into factors that influence the occurrence and course of human health problems. These health problems include infectious and chronic diseases, conditions affecting mental and emotional well-being, physical impairments, accidents, addictions and suicides.

Epidemiologists attempt to establish the causes of health problems by looking at the biological, environmental, social and behavioral factors affecting health, illness, disability and premature death. Identification of risk factors then shows the way to clinical and environmental trials in which epidemiologists experimentally assess the success of interventions.


Degrees Offered

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


Epidemiology News

Jim Burch

Jim Burch wins grants to support two new projects: circadian factors and inflammation/cancer, shiftwork and disease prevention

The first, with a $3 million NCI grant, will examine the role of circadian factors in inflammation and colorectal adenoma risk. The second project will use $800K from the National Institute of Justice to study atypical work hours and adaptation among law enforcement employees. 

Stella Self

Stella Self brings modelling expertise to Greenville Satellite campus

Self uses Bayesian approaches in vector borne diseases, maternal neonatal health, ecology and conservation research. She also uses spatial clustering analysis, random effects models, and Markov chain and Monte Carlo methods.

Suzanne McDermott

Suzanne McDermott receives national award

The American Public Health Association has selected epidemiology and biostatistics professor Suzanne McDermott as the recipient of the 2019 Disability Section Allen Meyers Award for Research, Teaching and Advocacy.  

Kyle Hatcher

Epidemiology graduate accepts data manager position to help prevent stroke

Kyle Hatcher has crisscrossed the country over the past few years gaining experience in public health. The West Virginia native earned two bachelor’s degrees from his state’s flagship university and then moved to Alaska where he served as a lab technician.  

James Hebert

Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network produces supplemental issue of Preventive Medicine highlighting disparities in cancer prevention and control

Members of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network have produced a supplement in the journal, Preventive Medicine. The SC Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network, which is led by Daniela Friedman (PI) and James Hébert (Co-PI), contributed to six of the papers included in the supplement.  

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