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Welcome to the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Carolina.

What happens to children with diabetes when there isn’t enough food in the household? How can older individuals prevent falls? How can mothers reduce their risk of diabetes in pregnancy? These are some questions that our faculty are seeking to answer.

Epidemiologists design and conduct investigations aimed at improving the health of groups of people by combining knowledge from the social sciences, medicine, biology, the environment, and statistics.  Epidemiologic studies provide evidence to inform recommendations for disease prevention disease, determine optimal treatments, and evaluate the effect of policies. The field is poised to rapidly grow in the future by harnessing developments in genetics, the microbiome, big data, and artificial intelligence to improve health. If you like biology, statistics, and computing, and want to make a difference to the health of large groups of people, epidemiology may be for you.

The Department of Epidemiology has 18 full-time faculty who are passionate about teaching and engaging with students. Students receive rigorous training to design and analyze epidemiologic studies and interpret and report their findings to scientific and public health communities through didactic and practical training. In addition to epidemiologic methods, the curriculum covers applied statistics, data management, and elective courses focused on substantive areas of epidemiology such as nutrition, cardiovascular disease, cancer, clinical trials, maternal and child health, infectious disease, environmental health, and social determinants of health.

Epidemiology is in high demand. Our graduates have taken up positions at top tier universities, the CDC, and the World Health Organization, academia, research, state and federal health departments, hospital systems, pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, and non-profit organizations.

Degrees Offered

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

Epidemiology News

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Isabella Alonso and Kyndall Dye-Braumuller selected to receive 2022 Arnold School Student Awards

Congratulations to Isabella Alonso (B.A. in Public Health, MPH in HPEB) on winning the Jeffrey Keith Mattison Outstanding Student Achievement Awardand Kyndall Dye-Braumuller (Ph.D. in Epidemiology) for winning the Doctoral Student Achievement Award. 

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Arnold School honors alumni at 2022 Hooding Ceremony

Kara Whitaker has been awarded the Gerry Sue Arnold Alumni Award, which honors an alumna/us who graduated in the past 10 years. Susan Bolick is the recipient of the Norman J. Arnold Alumni Medal, which is bestowed upon an alumna/us who has graduated more than 10 years ago.

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Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion announces inaugural DEI awardees

These awards are designed to recognize alumni, faculty, staff and students who have made exceptional contributions to advancing DEI through research, practice, community engagement, teaching and/or advocacy.

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Graduate School selects three Arnold School doctoral students to receive university-level awards

Maggie Carson (Environmental Health Sciences) won the Dean's Award for Excellence in Leadership, Valeri Yelverton (Health Services Policy and Management) won the Outstanding Research Award, and Rajat Das Guptas (Epidemiology) won the George M. Reeves Fellowship.    


PASOs combats COVID-19 racial and ethnic health disparities in South Carolina

Epidemiology student Samantha Rieche and Center for Community Health Alignment communications coordinator Richard Strater explain how PASOs has helped mitigate health disparities in SC through increased vaccination rates in Latino communities. 


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