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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

Nansi Boghossian

Nansi Boghossian wins NIH R01 grant to shed light on why racial and ethnic disparities persist in maternal adverse outcomes

The National Institutes of Health has awarded nearly $3.5 million to epidemiology associate professor Nansi Boghossian to examine the links between racial/ethnic disparities and higher-level factors such as hospital quality and Medicaid expansion. 

Steven Blair

Clarivate Analytics’ names Jamie Lead and Steven Blair to Highly Cited Researchers List once again

SmartState Endowed Chair Jamie Lead (ENHS; CENR) and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Steven Blair (Epidemiology and Biostatistics; EXSC) have once again been included in the Clarivate Analytics’ Highly Cited Researchers List.  

Danielle Brown

Danielle Brown (Ph.D. in Epidemiology) awarded NIH Diversity Supplement to examine how food insecurity affects diabetes among youth

Brown will use data from the SEARCH Food Security study to conduct her dissertation research, examining the experiences of food insecure youth and young adults with diabetes who have mental health problems. 

Chloe Rodriguez Ramos

I Am Public Health: Chloe Rodriguez Ramos

A passion for mapping the origins of pets' infectious diseases during her time as a veterinary assistant led Chloe Rodriguez Ramos to pursue her second UofSC degree - a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology.

Melissa Nolan

State public health, academic and community leaders launch new project to determine COVID-19 prevalence and immunity across South Carolina: SC STRONG

Melissa Nolan, assistant professor of epidemiology, and Virginie Daguise, director of DHEC’s Bureau of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, are launching a new representative testing strategy  to prospectively assess and monitor COVID-19 within South Carolina. 

Lauren Reid

Ph.D. in Epidemiology candidate Lauren Reid selected to join American College of Sports Medicine's Leadership and Diversity Training Program

Lauren Reid is interested in how food insecurity affects people with diabetes. Her dissertation research focuses on how food insecurity is associated with glycemic control, physical activity and diet quality of youth and young adults with diabetes.

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