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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.

Biostatistics

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Epidemiology and Biostatistics News

Cassie Odahowski

August graduate prepares students to for future public health careers as assistant professor at the University of Central Florida

Cassie Odahowski is committed to passing on what she's learned in UofSC's Ph.D. in Epidemiology program. Following her August graduation, the rural health researcher began her new role as an assistant professor of health sciences at the University of Central Florida.

Shy'Davia Baxley

I Am Public Health: Shy'Davis Baxley

Master of public health student pursues career in epidemiology to improve health in an array of areas: African American maternal health, health disparities and social determinants of health, cancer epidemiology, injury and violence epidemiology, and psychiatric epidemiology.

Nansi Boghossian

Study finds racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes for preterm infants born before 30 weeks gestation

Research led by epidemiology and biostatistics faculty members Nansi Boghossian and Marco Geraci has examined racial differences in outcomes of infants less than 30 weeks gestation. They found that despite a decrease over time, racial and ethnic disparities in quality care among infants continue to persist.  

Nefe Omofuma

Doctoral candidate racks up awards on her path to improving chronic disease outcomes, reducing health disparities

Growing up in Nigeria, Omonefe "Nefe" Omofuma studied pharmacy as an undergraduate at Olabisi Onabanjo University. It was during her pharmacy internship at a federal teaching hospital that she observed the complexities and peculiarities that influenced survival outcomes for patients battling cancer.

Hooding 2019

Arnold School honors graduates at 2019 Hooding Ceremony on May 9

The Arnold School celebrated master’s and doctoral graduates at the 2019 Hooding Ceremony on May 9. Arnold School and department award winners, along with Delta Omega inductees, were also recognized.

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