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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

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.

Suzanne McDermott

Suzanne McDermott receives national award

The American Public Health Association has selected epidemiology and biostatistics professor Suzanne McDermott as the recipient of the 2019 Disability Section Allen Meyers Award for Research, Teaching and Advocacy.

Kyle Hatcher

Epidemiology graduate accepts data manager position to help prevent stroke

Kyle Hatcher has crisscrossed the country over the past few years gaining experience in public health. The West Virginia native earned two bachelor’s degrees from his state’s flagship university and then moved to Alaska where he served as a lab technician.   

James Hebert

Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network produces supplemental issue of Preventive Medicine highlighting disparities in cancer prevention and control

Members of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network have produced a supplement in the journal, Preventive Medicine. The SC Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network, which is led by Daniela Friedman (PI) and James Hébert (Co-PI), contributed to six of the papers included in the supplement.  

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