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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

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. 

Steven Blair

Clarivate Analytics’ names Jamie Lead and Steven Blair to Highly Cited Researchers List once again

SmartState Endowed Chair Jamie Lead (ENHS; CENR) and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Steven Blair (Epidemiology and Biostatistics; EXSC) have once again been included in the Clarivate Analytics’ Highly Cited Researchers List.  

Danielle Brown

Danielle Brown (Ph.D. in Epidemiology) awarded NIH Diversity Supplement to examine how food insecurity affects diabetes among youth

Brown will use data from the SEARCH Food Security study to conduct her dissertation research, examining the experiences of food insecure youth and young adults with diabetes who have mental health problems. 

Melissa Nolan

State public health, academic and community leaders launch new project to determine COVID-19 prevalence and immunity across South Carolina: SC STRONG

Melissa Nolan, assistant professor of epidemiology, and Virginie Daguise, director of DHEC’s Bureau of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, are launching a new representative testing strategy  to prospectively assess and monitor COVID-19 within South Carolina. 

Lauren Reid

Ph.D. in Epidemiology candidate Lauren Reid selected to join American College of Sports Medicine's Leadership and Diversity Training Program

Lauren Reid is interested in how food insecurity affects people with diabetes. Her dissertation research focuses on how food insecurity is associated with glycemic control, physical activity and diet quality of youth and young adults with diabetes.


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