Epidemiology at South Carolina

The field of epidemiology involves research into factors that influence human health states or events and the evaluation of prevention and treatment interventions. Broadly speaking, epidemiologists work to determine those factors that make us more or less likely to develop diseases.

Graduate Degrees

The Epidemiology Program is administered by the department of epidemiology and biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health and offers four degree options. The Master of Public Health is designed for experienced health professionals who wish to extend their analytic and investigative abilities. The Master of Science in Public Health is designed for those who wish to acquire skills necessary for doing research in public health. The Ph.D. is for those who intend to pursue teaching and research careers. The dual degree option leads to doctoral degrees in both epidemiology and environmental health sciences.

M  Master of Public Health in Epidemiology (M.P.H.)

The Master of Public Health in Epidemiology focuses on application of epidemiologic skills in public health settings. The usual completion time is two years, with a minimum of 43 credit hours.

Graduate Director: Linda Hazlett, 803-777-6653, ljhazlet@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Dana Barker, 803-777-7353, dbarker@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

M  Master of Science in Public Health in Epidemiology (M.S.P.H.)

The Master of Science in Public Health in Epidemiology is designed to develop basic research skills in the epidemiologic study of health determinants and outcomes. The usual completion time is two years, with a minimum of 43 credit hours.

Graduate Director: Linda Hazlett, 803-777-6653, ljhazlet@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Dana Barker, 803-777-7353, dbarker@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

D  Ph.D. in Epidemiology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology prepares students to pursue original investigations of diseases of unknown etiology and other health conditions or health behaviors, including the development of novel epidemiological approaches. Prerequisites: Content of BIOS 701, EPID 701, BIOS 710, BIOS 757, EPID 741. The usual completion time is three years, with a minimum of 54 credit hours.

Graduate Director: Linda Hazlett, 803-777-6653, ljhazlet@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Latoya Reese, (803) 777-7666, reeselz@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

DD   Dual Degree: Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences (Ph.D. / Ph.D.)

Through special arrangement, the university offers dual degree programs in certain areas to permit a student to work on two degrees concurrently by combining credits, resulting in the student taking fewer courses than the total required if each degree were pursued independently.

This program, offered by the Arnold School of Public Health, culminates in a Ph.D in Epidemiology and a Ph.D in Environmental Health Sciences.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.