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Epidemiologists are trained in the study of the distribution and determinants of disease or disability in human populations.

Career opportunities exist at local and state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, HMOs, universities and research organizations. Epidemiologists may become preventive medicine officers, public health surveillance officers or directors of disease registries.

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics' (EPID/BIOS) instructional program has two major components: epidemiology and biostatistics. Epidemiology involves research into factors that influence the occurrence and course of human health problems. These health problems include infectious and chronic diseases, conditions affecting mental and emotional well-being, physical impairments, accidents, addictions and suicides.

Epidemiologists attempt to establish the causes of health problems by looking at the biological, environmental, social and behavioral factors affecting health, illness, disability and premature death. Identification of risk factors then shows the way to clinical and environmental trials in which epidemiologists experimentally assess the success of interventions.

Degrees Offered

We offer eight advanced degrees in epidemiology and biostatistics. Each graduate degree has specific application deadlines and requirements.

Epidemiology News

Jan Eberth

Jan Eberth elected to American College of Epidemiology’s board of directors

During her three-year term, which began on September 23, Eberth, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, will help guide the organization’s policies, priorities, and other activities. 

Jan Eberth

Eberth leads Rural and Minority Health Research Center as director

This fall, the Center has been relaunched under the direction of epidemiology and biostatistics associate professor Jan Eberth and has been renamed the Rural and Minority Health Research Center.

Monique Brown-Smith

Monique J. Brown-Smith joins epidemiology and biostatistics department

Also a faculty member of the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality, Brown-Smith’s research interests focus on HIV intervention and prevention; childhood trauma; social, behavioral and mental health; and aging—as both separate and intersecting areas of study.

Sarah Piperato

Ph.D. graduate land postdoctoral fellowship

After her August graduation, Piperato moved to Philadelphia to begin a postdoctoral research fellowship at Temple University. Long term, she plans to pursue a tenure-track faculty member position at a large university and continue her research on LGBT health disparities. 

Angela Liese

Angela Liese receives USC Educational Foundation Award for Research in Health Sciences

The University of South Carolina's most prestigious annual awards for research and scholarship are administered by the Office of the Provost. Liese's selection marks the third year in a row and the sixth out of the past 10 years that an Arnold School faculty member has been chosen for this honor.

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