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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

Angela Liese

Angela Liese wins $1.25M grant to continue studying diabetes among youth, leveraging electronic medical records and novel mathematical tools

Liese will serve as principal investigator for the South Carolina-based component ($1.25 million) of the nationwide $15 million, five-year project assessing the burden of diabetes by type in children, adolescents and young adults known as DiCAYA. 

Jan Eberth

Jan Eberth tapped to lead American College of Epidemiology

Jan Eberth, who is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the director of the Rural and Minority Health Research Center, will serve as president-elect during the 2020-2021 year and then president from 2021-2022. 


Rural Health and Minority Research Center awarded $2.8 million from Health Resources & Services Administration

Jan Eberth (director) and Elizabeth Crouch (deputy director), co-principal investigators for the Arnold School’s Rural and Minority Health Research Center, have been awarded funding to support the Center for another four years. 

Jan Eberth

Researchers develop comprehensive index for assessing environmental factors that promote, deter obesity

Scientists from across the Arnold School have collaborated to develop the first comprehensive obesogenic environment (i.e., an environment that promotes weight gain/deters weight loss) index for youth in the United States. 

Monique Brown

Researchers outline potential impacts of COVID-19 on older adults living with HIV

Monique Brown and Sharon Weissman have published a paper on the impact of COVID-19 on older adults living with HIV, describing HIV care and psychosocial effects for this group during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Xingpei Zhao

Graduate boosts clinical research skills, complementing medical degree with master's in biostatistics

 Xingpei Zhao chose biostatistics to improve her analytical skills in clinical research. The Arnold School's Master of Science in Public Health in Biostatistics offered her ideal curriculum, and the enthusiasm of the faculty members confirmed her decision.

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