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
and Division of Epidemiology .
Find out more about the department and what we offer in our
welcome from the Chair.
We offer eight advanced degrees in epidemiology and biostatistics. Each graduate degree has specific application deadlines and requirements . Biostatistics
Epidemiology and Biostatistics News
State public health, academic and community leaders launch new project to determine
COVID-19 prevalence and immunity across South Carolina: SC STRONG
Melissa Nolan, assistant professor of epidemiology, and Virginie Daguise, director
of DHEC’s Bureau of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, are launching a new representative
testing strategy to prospectively assess and monitor COVID-19 within South Carolina.
Ph.D. in Epidemiology candidate Lauren Reid selected to join American College of Sports
Medicine's Leadership and Diversity Training Program
Lauren Reid is interested in how food insecurity affects people with diabetes. Her
dissertation research focuses on how food insecurity is associated with glycemic control,
physical activity and diet quality of youth and young adults with diabetes.
Doctoral student Joshua Mercadel awarded National Cancer Institute Research Supplement
to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
With epidemiology associate professor Jim Burch serving as mentor, Mercadel will use
the three-year grant to support his dissertation research examining the role of circadian
factors in inflammation and colorectal adenoma risk.
Doctoral student selected to join Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Policy Research
Just one year into his Ph.D. in Epidemiology program, Gabriel Benavidez has added
another layer to his training and education. He was recently selected to join the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars Program.
Angela Liese wins $1.25M grant to continue studying diabetes among youth, leveraging
electronic medical records and novel mathematical tools
Liese will serve as principal investigator for the South Carolina-based component
($1.25 million) of the nationwide $15 million, five-year project assessing the burden
of diabetes by type in children, adolescents and young adults known as DiCAYA.
Jan Eberth tapped to lead American College of Epidemiology
Jan Eberth, who is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
and the director of the Rural and Minority Health Research Center, will serve as president-elect
during the 2020-2021 year and then president from 2021-2022.
The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics held a Town Hall for all current
and incoming students on August 17, 2020. This Town Hall was to address any concerns
regarding COVID-19 and the reopening of the University of South Carolina. If you have
any questions after viewing this recording, please feel free to contact Emily Tedesco,
Program Coordinator, at
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view the recording!
Each year, the Arnold School and our departments recognize outstanding graduate students
with awards. Visit our awards page to see this year's winners. Check out our faculty and alumni award winners too.
We have featured a few of our outstanding students who are graduating in May and August.
Click to learn more about their journeys. here
New department chair, Anthony Alberg, discusses opportunities for potential students
and faculty members
Read more about Dr. Alberg