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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

Gabriel Benavidez

Gabriel Benavidez awarded funding to conduct COVID and Anti-Racism Pilot Project

Ph.D. in Epidemiology student Gabriel Benavidez is collaborating with three other members from his cohort to lead a Health Policy Research Scholars COVID and Anti-Racism Pilot Project with support from a $35K grant from the program.

Anwar Merchant

Can periodontal antibodies predict Alzheimer’s disease? Anwar Merchant investigates with new NIH-funded project

Professor of epidemiology Anwar Merchant has been awarded $400K from the National Institute on Aging. He will use the two-year, R21 grant to examine the relationship between four groups of antibodies against periodontal microorganisms  and Alzheimer’s disease.

Maria Sevoyan

Doctoral student completes epidemiology degree to improve health in Armenia

Maria Sevoyan joined the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and spent the next several years amassing knowledge and experience in new epidemiology methods, analytical skills and techniques to use in clinical and public health research. 

Amanda Elmore

Arnold School’s Maternal and Child Health Public Health Catalyst Program selects inaugural Maternal a

As part of the Arnold School’s Maternal and Child Health Public Health Catalyst Program, these scholarships provide competitive research funding to promising students to pursue research in areas related to the health and well-being of mothers, children, and adolescents. 

Nansi Boghossian

Nansi Boghossian wins NIH R01 grant to shed light on why racial and ethnic disparities persist in maternal adverse outcomes

The National Institutes of Health has awarded nearly $3.5 million to epidemiology associate professor Nansi Boghossian to examine the links between racial/ethnic disparities and higher-level factors such as hospital quality and Medicaid expansion. 

 

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