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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

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 Sarah Piperato land postdoctoral position

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. 

Gelareh Rahimi

I Am Public Health: Gelareh Rahimi

Doctoral candidate Gelareh Rahimi pursues career in biostatistics with focus on correcting for response bias in survey data.

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. 

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