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Epidemiology

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

Monique Brown-Smith

Monique J. Brown-Smith joins epidemiology and biostatistics department

Also a faculty member of the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality, Brown-Smith’s research interests focus on HIV intervention and prevention; childhood trauma; social, behavioral and mental health; and aging—as both separate and intersecting areas of study.

Sarah Piperato

Ph.D. graduate land postdoctoral fellowship

After her August graduation, Piperato moved to Philadelphia to begin a postdoctoral research fellowship at Temple University. Long term, she plans to pursue a tenure-track faculty member position at a large university and continue her research on LGBT health disparities. 

Angela Liese

Angela Liese receives USC Educational Foundation Award for Research in Health Sciences

The University of South Carolina's most prestigious annual awards for research and scholarship are administered by the Office of the Provost. Liese's selection marks the third year in a row and the sixth out of the past 10 years that an Arnold School faculty member has been chosen for this honor.

Melissa Nolan

Infectious diseases expert Melissa Nolan joins epidemiology and biostatistics department

Nolan is based at the Arnold School’s growing satellite campus in Greenville, where she will work alongside USC School of Medicine and Greenville Health System clinicians to improve health in the upstate and throughout South Carolina. 

Myriam Torres

Myriam Torres devotes career to improving health among Latino populations

Torres has dedicated her career to preparing future public health professionals/researchers and epidemiologists for their own careers. In parallel, she has worked tirelessly to improve the health of Latino populations in South Carolina and beyond.

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