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Epidemiology

Welcome to the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Carolina.

What happens to children with diabetes when there isn’t enough food in the household? How can older individuals prevent falls? How can mothers reduce their risk of diabetes in pregnancy? These are some questions that our faculty are seeking to answer.

Epidemiologists design and conduct investigations aimed at improving the health of groups of people by combining knowledge from the social sciences, medicine, biology, the environment, and statistics. Epidemiologic studies provide evidence to inform recommendations for disease prevention disease, determine optimal treatments, and evaluate the effect of policies. The field is poised to rapidly grow in the future by harnessing developments in genetics, the microbiome, big data, and artificial intelligence to improve health. If you like biology, statistics, and computing, and want to make a difference to the health of large groups of people, epidemiology may be for you.

The Department of Epidemiology has 18 full-time faculty who are passionate about teaching and engaging with students. Students receive rigorous training to design and analyze epidemiologic studies and interpret and report their findings to scientific and public health communities through didactic and practical training. In addition to epidemiologic methods, the curriculum covers applied statistics, data management, and elective courses focused on substantive areas of epidemiology such as nutrition, cardiovascular disease, cancer, clinical trials, maternal and child health, infectious disease, environmental health, and social determinants of health.

Epidemiology is in high demand. Our graduates have taken up positions at top tier universities, the CDC, and the World Health Organization, academia, research, state and federal health departments, hospital systems, pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, and non-profit organizations.


Degrees Offered

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


Epidemiology News

Jan Eberth

Jan Eberth named 2020 Outstanding Researcher of the Year by National Rural Health Association

The National Rural Health Association has selected Jan Eberth, associate professor of epidemiology and director of the Rural and Minority Health Research Center, as the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award. 

Jiajia Zheng

UofSC Big Data Health Science Center investigators receive $1.25million NIH grant to develop data-driven strategies in fighting COVID-19

Led by Xiaoming Li and Bankole Olatosi, this two-year grant will allow the team to develop a database system for collating surveillance, clinical, multi-omics and geospatial data on SC COVID-19 patients and health workers treating them. 

Jihong Liu

Jihong Liu wins grant to advance Arnold School training and curriculum in maternal and child health

The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded $450,000 to epidemiology professor Jihong Liu, who will lead the Arnold School's maternal and child health experts in bolstering programming and training opportunities in this area.

Anthony Alberg

Anthony Alberg leads development of policy statement on skin cancer prevention for American Society of Clinical Oncology

Anthony Alberg, the chair of the Arnold School’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and an internationally renowned cancer epidemiologist, served as lead author on the policy statement, which was published in JCO Oncology Practice.

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Arnold School faculty members to serve as principal investigators on 13 projects supported by 2020 ASPIRE grants

Faculty members from across the Arnold School received funding through the Office of the Vice President for Research’s Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) program. 

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