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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

Monique Brown

Epidemiology assistant professor Monique Brown wins grant to improve health of older adults living with HIV

Monique Brown has won a four-year, $615K K01 Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. She will use the funding to advance her research expertise through various trainings while conducting an HIV-related study. 

Infectious Diseases Blood Draw

Growing expertise in infectious diseases engages students in epidemiology and biostatistics

In the past few years the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics has made significant strides in growing its expertise in infectious disease epidemiology. The School’s efforts to increase its contributions to this perpetually relevant field are reflected by the department’s recruitment of faculty experts.  

Cassie Odahowski

August graduate prepares students to for future public health careers as assistant professor at the University of Central Florida

Cassie Odahowski is committed to passing on what she's learned in UofSC's Ph.D. in Epidemiology program. Following her August graduation, the rural health researcher began her new role as an assistant professor of health sciences at the University of Central Florida.

Nansi Boghossian

Study finds racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes for preterm infants born before 30 weeks gestation

Research led by epidemiology and biostatistics faculty members Nansi Boghossian and Marco Geraci has examined racial differences in outcomes of infants less than 30 weeks gestation. They found that despite a decrease over time, racial and ethnic disparities in quality care among infants continue to persist.  

Nefe Omofuma

Doctoral candidate racks up awards on her path to improving chronic disease outcomes, reducing health disparities

Growing up in Nigeria, Omonefe "Nefe" Omofuma studied pharmacy as an undergraduate at Olabisi Onabanjo University. It was during her pharmacy internship at a federal teaching hospital that she observed the complexities and peculiarities that influenced survival outcomes for patients battling cancer.

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