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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

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Students gain hands-on experience researching HIV intervention/prevention and other intersecting areas of interest

Epidemiology assistant professor Monique Brown's work in HIV intervention and prevention, childhood trauma, social and behavioral mental health, and aging has provided students with opportunities to engage in impactful public health research.

Susan Steck

Susan Steck wins national research award from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has selected Susan Steck, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, as the recipient of the 2019 Award for Excellence in the Practice of Dietetics Research.

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Program helps caregivers of those with dementia

UofSC features Maggi Miller, a research assistant professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Office for the Study of Aging, about a coaching program for caregivers of individuals who have dementia (11% of SC adults 65 & over).

Jim Burch

Jim Burch wins grants to support two new projects: circadian factors and inflammation/cancer, shiftwork and disease prevention

The first, with a $3 million NCI grant, will examine the role of circadian factors in inflammation and colorectal adenoma risk. The second project will use $800K from the National Institute of Justice to study atypical work hours and adaptation among law enforcement employees. 

Stella Self

Stella Self brings modelling expertise to Greenville Satellite campus

Self uses Bayesian approaches in vector borne diseases, maternal neonatal health, ecology and conservation research. She also uses spatial clustering analysis, random effects models, and Markov chain and Monte Carlo methods.

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