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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

Myriam Torres

Q&A with Myriam Torres

For Hispanic Heritage Month, UofSC Today spoke with several faculty members about why they came to the university, the focus of their work and how their background informs their outlook. 

Chung Li Wu

I Am Public Health: Chung Li Wu

Doctoral student Chung Li Wu is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biostatistics to lend his mathematical talent to advancing public health. His passion for correlated data led him to UofSC, and his future plans include working to improve drug development/discovery.

James Hebert

UofSC researchers team up to prevent cancer for vulnerable families

The five-year study is supported by a $5.8 million U01 grant from the National Cancer Institute and focuses on preventing colorectal cancer in obese parent-child dyads, particularly those in the African American community.

Lidia Gual Gonzalez

Epidemiology student wins award for international public health entomology work

Lídia Gual Gonzalez, a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. in Epidemiology program, has been selected to receive the John Henry Comstock Award from the Entomological Society of America’s International Branch. 

Angela Liese

Public Health and Nursing unite to fast-track faculty diversity using $13 million grant

Thanks to a $13.2 million grant from the NIH Common Fund, public health/epidemiology professor Angela Liese and nursing professor Coretta Jenerette will collaborate to launch the Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program at UofSC.

Myriam Torres

New online Master of Public Health in Epidemiology program accepts applications for inaugural cohort

The new MPH program is not only online, it is 100 percent asynchronous to fit into the busy lives of participants. Students can enroll full-time or part-time, completing the program in as little as two years. The integrated curriculum covers the five core disciplines of public health.

Susan Steck

COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted health behaviors, anxiety in university settings

The study, which was published in the Journal of American College Health, found that negative impacts on physical activity, sedentary time and anxiety persisted for this population from the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 until a year later in 2021 when the research was conducted.

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