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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

Faculty Award Winners recognized at annual Hooding Ceremony

The Arnold School is proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 Faculty Awards: James A. Keith Excellence in Teaching Award (Sheri Silfies), Faculty Research Award (Melissa Nolan), and Faculty Service Award (Toni Torres-McGehee).

Paige Jones

May graduate preps for career in psychiatric epidemiology

M.S. in Epidemiology student Paige Jones believes that her coursework and work experiences have prepared her for positions in a research lab, health department or hospital settings.

Rajat Das Gupta

Top graduate student award winners announced

The top master's and doctoral students were honored at the annual Hooding Ceremony. Brandi Daves (M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology) received the Jeffrey Keith Mattison Award, and Rajat Das Gupta (Ph.D. in Epidemiology) won the Doctoral Achievement Award.

Lauren McAbee

I Am Public Health: Lauren McAbee

Greenville, South Carolina native Lauren McAbee loved her experience in the B.S. in Public Health program so continuing at the Arnold School for her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology degree was an easy decision.

Tom Chandler

Tom Chandler returns to faculty role after 17 years as Dean of the Arnold School

A nationwide search is underway for the next dean of the Arnold School, and Chandler is prepared to hand over the reins after 17 years as its leader. His office is packed, and, here, he unpacks his reflections on his tenure as dean.

finding ticks

Stella Self to develop new ways to monitor spread of vector-borne diseases

With $3.7 million from the National Institutes of Health, Self will collaborate with colleagues from multiple institutions on a project that, over time, will save many more millions in the cost of surveillance efforts to track vector-borne diseases.

pregnant mom with child

Jihong Liu to help Prisma extend Healthy Start Program to Upstate

When Prisma Health decided to expand their Midlands Healthy Start program, they turned to maternal and child health expert and epidemiology professor Jihong Liu, who has already led evaluations into the program's effectiveness.

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