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Arnold School of Public Health

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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

Arnold School associate professors receive faculty service awards from Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the 2020 research-related service awards, and associate professors Jan Eberth and Brie Turner-McGrievy are among those selected from across the university.

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2019-2020 SPARC Graduate Research Grants awarded to 12 Arnold School graduate students

Graduate students from across the Arnold School have earned 2019-2020 SPARC Graduate Research Grants from the UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research to fund individual scholarship initiatives.

Mufaro Kanyangarara

Mufaro Kanyangarara boosts Arnold School’s global health and infectious diseases expertise

In October 2019, Kanyangarara joined the Arnold School of Public Health to continue advancing her research in the areas of global health and infectious diseases, particularly those affecting mothers, newborns and children in low- and middle-income countries. 

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Epidemiology students win awards for spirituality and public health essays

Two doctoral students in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics have won awards for their submissions to the 2019 Spirituality and Public Health Student Essay Contest. Rajat Das Gupta won first prize, and Maxwell Akonde won third prize.  

Anthony Alberg

Anthony Alberg co-authors 2020 Surgeon General's Report on Smoking Cessation

Anthony Alberg, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a cancer epidemiologist with extensive experience researching the health effects of cigarette smoking, contributed to the 2020 Surgeon General's Report on Smoking. 


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