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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.

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Epidemiology and Biostatistics News

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Arnold School faculty to tackle 15 ASPIRE projects

Faculty members from across the Arnold School received funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research with 2019 Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) grants. 

Angela Liese

Study examines connection between access to healthcare and glycemic control among youth and young adults with diabetes in South Carolina

Research led by Angela Liese has shed light on factors that influence optimal glycemic control for youth and young adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The study found that having health insurance coverage, the type of coverage, and having a healthcare provider were all factors associated with hemoglobin A1c.

Yuan Wang

Yuan Wang helps scientists understand brain network disorders by revealing patterns hidden in big data

She joined the Arnold School’s department of epidemiology and biostatistics to collaborate with the Aphasia Laboratory. After working with him on his aphasia research, Wang began developing unified modeling frameworks for both epilepsy and aphasia.

Ly Tran

Fulbright Scholar to improve health in Vietnam

Ly Tran chose the Fulbright Scholar Program because it provided an opportunity to enhance intercultural relations, diplomacy and cultural competence. She chose UofSC because of the Arnold School of Public Health’s national rankings as well as its expertise in cancer epidemiology. 

Carlos Avalos

I Am Public Health: Carlos Avalos

Master of science in public health student pursues career in epidemiology to improve health for Latino populations.  

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