Epidemiology and Biostatistics applicants must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Please visit SOPHAS for further details.
Application requirements include:
- Baccalaureate degree in arts, sciences, or medicine (MSPH and EPID - MPH); master’s degree in public health, preferably in epidemiology or biostatistics, from an approved school of public health or an equivalent advanced professional degree (PhD)
- Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
- Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
- Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
- Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
- At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
- Resume or CV
- Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, and academic/professional goals and objectives
For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – (minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam (minimum overall band score of 6.5 – BIOS, minimum overall band score of 7.0 – EPID). Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service. Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP).
Additional Admissions Information
Applicants to the program must have a baccalaureate degree in arts, sciences or medicine. Applicants should also have completed with a B or greater Vector Calculus and Matrix or Linear Algebra. Prior professional work experience is considered an asset but is not a requirement.
Preference for admission is given to applicants with breadth and depth of academic preparation in Biostatistics, Statistics, or a closely related field. Applicants must have a Masters degree in one of these areas, or a Masters degree in some other field and experience in these areas. Three years of post-baccalaureate work and/or research experience in the field of public health or another health‑related field is highly recommended, but not required.
Epidemiology MPH and MSPH
Applicants for the Master of Public Health (MPH) and the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree programs must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Preference for admission is given to applicants with breadth and depth of academic preparation in one or more of the following areas: biological sciences, social sciences, public health or other health sciences, or quantitative sciences. Prior professional work experience is considered an asset but is not a requirement. MCAT scores are not accepted in lieu of GRE scores.
Applicants must have a master’s degree in public health, preferably in epidemiology, from an approved school of public health or an equivalent advanced professional degree. Three years of post-baccalaureate work experience in the field of public health or another health‑related field is highly recommended but not required. Doctoral applicants must communicate with faculty in their area(s) of interest before applying in order to tailor their statement of purpose. Applicants may obtain a list of faculty from our faculty and staff directory. Applicants should indicate in their statement of purpose the faculty member(s) in which they have spoken and is willing to serve as their advisor. If you are applying for the Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program (BBIP), please apply using the Priority deadline. All applicants who meet the Priority deadline will be considered for the USC Presidential Fellowship.
Epidemiology/Environmental Health Sciences Dual Ph.D.
Applicants must have a master's degree in appropriate field or equivalent advanced professional degree and/or experience. Masters degree in epidemiology and/or environmental health sciences preferred. A faculty member from EPID and ENHS must agree to serve as your co-advisor before you can be accepted into the dual doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program in EPID/ENHS. It is up to you to identify faculty members who will be willing to serve as your advisors. You can obtain a list of our faculty from the faculty and staff directory. It is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that you communicate with the faculty in your area(s) of interest BEFORE YOU APPLY, so that you can focus your statement of purpose.