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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

Jan Eberth

Jan Eberth named 2020 Outstanding Researcher of the Year by National Rural Health Association

The National Rural Health Association has selected Jan Eberth, associate professor of epidemiology and director of the Rural and Minority Health Research Center, as the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award. 

Jiajia Zheng

UofSC Big Data Health Science Center investigators receive $1.25million NIH grant to develop data-driven strategies in fighting COVID-19

Led by Xiaoming Li and Bankole Olatosi, this two-year grant will allow the team to develop a database system for collating surveillance, clinical, multi-omics and geospatial data on SC COVID-19 patients and health workers treating them.

Jihong Liu

Jihong Liu wins grant to advance Arnold School training and curriculum in maternal and child health

The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded $450,000 to epidemiology professor Jihong Liu, who will lead the Arnold School's maternal and child health experts in bolstering programming and training opportunities in this area.

Anthony Alberg

Anthony Alberg leads development of policy statement on skin cancer prevention for American Society of Clinical Oncology

Anthony Alberg, the chair of the Arnold School’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and an internationally renowned cancer epidemiologist, served as lead author on the policy statement, which was published in JCO Oncology Practice.

Sydney Smith

I Am Public Health: Sydney Smith

Master of Science in Public Health in Biostatistics student gains hands-on experience through graduate assistantship with Arnold School’s Office for the Study of Aging.

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Arnold School faculty members to serve as principal investigators on 13 projects supported by 2020 ASPIRE grants

Faculty members from across the Arnold School received funding through the Office of the Vice President for Research’s Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) program. 

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