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Arnold School of Public Health

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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

Sabrina Karim

I Am Public Health

Doctoral student (Ph.D. in Epidemiology) Sabrina Karim is pursuing career in maternal/child health and mental health issues after battling depression and losing a child to sudden infant death syndrome.

Jan Eberth

Arnold School associate professors receive faculty service awards from Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the 2020 research-related service awards, and associate professors Jan Eberth and Brie Turner-McGrievy are among those selected from across the university.

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2019-2020 SPARC Graduate Research Grants awarded to 12 Arnold School graduate students

Graduate students from across the Arnold School have earned 2019-2020 SPARC Graduate Research Grants from the UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research to fund individual scholarship initiatives.

Mufaro Kanyangarara

Mufaro Kanyangarara boosts Arnold School’s global health and infectious diseases expertise

In October 2019, Kanyangarara joined the Arnold School of Public Health to continue advancing her research in the areas of global health and infectious diseases, particularly those affecting mothers, newborns and children in low- and middle-income countries. 

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Epidemiology students win awards for spirituality and public health essays

Two doctoral students in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics have won awards for their submissions to the 2019 Spirituality and Public Health Student Essay Contest. Rajat Das Gupta won first prize, and Maxwell Akonde won third prize. 

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