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Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Public Health was defined by C-E.A. Winslow as the science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical health and efficiency through organized community efforts with the goal of enabling every citizen to realize his/her birthright of health and longevity. 

The disciplines of epidemiology and biostatistics are essential to achieving the goals of public health, and combining these two disciplines in a single department creates synergies for both training and research. Epidemiologists study the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations.  Biostatisticians develop and apply statistical theory, methods and techniques to public health research data and the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs. Given the strong overlap, epidemiologists and biostatisticians often collaborate to work toward the shared goal of generating and analyzing data to advance the public’s health.

Within the department, the degree programs are administered under two separate streams, the Division of Epidemiology and Division of Biostatistics.

Find out more about the department and what we offer in our welcome from the Chair.

Degrees Offered

We offer eight advanced degrees in epidemiology and biostatistics. Each graduate degree has specific application deadlines and requirements.




Epidemiology and Biostatistics News

Jan Eberth

Researchers publish free workbook for students, faculty on health in rural America

As an outcome rural health workshop they hosted last summer, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine have produced a workbook (free to anyone with a .edu email address), Population Health in Rural American 2020: Proceedings of a Workshop.

El Salvador research

Faculty, students expand infectious disease research in parallel with providing COVID-19 support

Melissa Nolan has built the Laboratory of Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases by engaging an enthusiastic group of students whose membership swells up to 30. From freshmen to veteran doctoral students, these budding scientists are eager to learn the ropes of research. 

Jihong Liu

Researchers find higher rates of mental health conditions among pregnant women during COVID-19 pandemic

A recent study, published in Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, has found higher percentages of pregnant women have experienced symptoms of depression, thoughts of self-harm and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Aja Willis

I Am Public Health: Aja Willis

Master of public health student Aja Willis is pursuing a career in epidemiology to serve rural communities and advance equity in the areas of healthy food access and food safety.

Gabriel Benavidez

COVID-19 pandemic reveals need for more interdisciplinary research training among graduate students

Doctoral students Gabriel Benavidez and Jennifer Mandelbaum have published a paper, noting that despite an abundance of support for and findings from COVID-19 research, the lessons learned often appear in silos. 

Jihong Liu

Maternal and Child Health Catalyst Program recognizes undergraduate, graduate student winners of iPoster and abstract competitions

The Arnold School's Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Catalyst Program partnered with Discover UofSC 2021 to host two MCH-focused contests for participants in the annual university-wide research event.

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