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Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

Rural and Minority Health Research Center

The Rural and Minority Health Research Center's mission is to illuminate and address the problems experienced by rural and minority populations in order to guide research, policy, and related advocacy.  

Nearly two decades after its inception, South Carolina Rural Health Research Center gets new name and new leadership 

Reflecting our mission, our Center's goals are to

  • Develop the methods and conduct the research necessary to provide a clear picture of health status, health care needs, and health services utilization among rural and minority populations
  • Investigate the effectiveness of policies aimed at improving health and reducing barriers to care among rural and minority populations, especially those living in poverty
  • Assess the resources available to and barriers experienced by rural and safety-net healthcare providers
  • Promote the professional development of rural and minority researchers and facilitate cross-disciplinary collaborations between faculty and community partners wishing to engage in health disparities research
  • Provide expert advice to national, state, and local government and to rural and minority constituency groups to empower policy development and advocacy 

Researchers in the News:

Dr. Jan Eberth 

American College of Epidemiology

South Carolina Agency to Try to Save Rural Hospitals from Closing

Eboni Haynes selected as a 2018-2019 Graduate Civic Scholar 

GCSP:2018-2019 Scholars

Dr. Janice C. Probst - 2018 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award Recipient 

2018 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Awardees

Dr. Janice C. Probst - People in SC, South die earlier than in other States 

Greenville News

Dr. Kevin Bennett elected to the National Rural Health Association Board of Trustees as the Research and Education Chair

NRHA 2018 Leadership [pdf]

HSPM’s Elizabeth Crouch selected to join National Rural Health Association’s 2018 Rural Health Fellows Program

2018 Rural Health Fellows Program

The Rural & Minority Health Research Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1CRH30539, Rural Health Research Grant Program Cooperative Agreement. The R&MHRC’s website information should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. For more information about all the Rural Health Research Centers funded by FORHP, visit