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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

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. 

Jan Eberth

Jan Eberth examines availability of low-dose computed tomography

A team of researchers has completed a study that assessed the availability of low-dose computed tomography for lung cancer screenings in the United States.

James Hebert

Arnold School researchers quantify links between chronic inflammation and diet

UofSC features the work of epidemiology and biostatistics Health Sciences Distinguished Professor James Hébert and other Cancer Prevention and Control Program researchers in understanding the link between diet, inflammation, and health.

Jan Eberth

Jan Eberth elected to American College of Epidemiology’s board of directors

During her three-year term, which began on September 23, Eberth, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, will help guide the organization’s policies, priorities, and other activities. 

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