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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

Angela Liese

Study examines connection between access to healthcare and glycemic control among youth and young adults with diabetes in South Carolina

Research led by Angela Liese has shed light on factors that influence optimal glycemic control for youth and young adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The study found that having health insurance coverage, the type of coverage, and having a healthcare provider were all factors associated with hemoglobin A1c.

Yuan Wang

Yuan Wang helps scientists understand brain network disorders by revealing patterns hidden in big data

She joined the Arnold School’s department of epidemiology and biostatistics to collaborate with the Aphasia Laboratory. After working with him on his aphasia research, Wang began developing unified modeling frameworks for both epilepsy and aphasia.  

Ly Tran

Fulbright Scholar to improve health in Vietnam

Ly Tran chose the Fulbright Scholar Program because it provided an opportunity to enhance intercultural relations, diplomacy and cultural competence. She chose UofSC because of the Arnold School of Public Health’s national rankings as well as its expertise in cancer epidemiology. 

Jihong Liu

Epidemiology and biostatistics professor Jihong Liu publishes health equity perspective on prioritizing top health issues in China

The December issue of the American Journal of Public Health includes an editorial by epidemiology and biostatistics professor Jihong Liu on prioritizing the top health issues in China beyond 2018 from a health equity perspective. 

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Five Arnold School researchers named in Clarivate Analytics’ Highly Cited Researchers List

Compiled annually, the Highly Cited Researchers list recognizes leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences. The 2018 list includes approximately 6,000 highly cited researchers in 21 fields from more than 60 nations around the world. 

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