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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

Melissa Nolan

Women researchers at USC embody goals of Title IX in their educational journeys and research careers

The Office for the Vice President of Research features epidemiology assistant professor Melissa Nolan, chronicling the journey of the first-generation college graduate, what she loves about the environment at the Arnold School and how she's paying it forward.

Anthony Alberg

Cancer experts issue urgent calls for action against e-cigarettes

Anthony Alberg has led a group of experts in the publication of a statement on electronic nicotine delivery systems for both the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society for Clinical Oncology.

Myriam Torres

Q&A with Myriam Torres

For Hispanic Heritage Month, UofSC Today spoke with several faculty members about why they came to the university, the focus of their work and how their background informs their outlook. 

Chung Li Wu

I Am Public Health: Chung Li Wu

Doctoral student Chung Li Wu is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biostatistics to lend his mathematical talent to advancing public health. His passion for correlated data led him to UofSC, and his future plans include working to improve drug development/discovery.

James Hebert

UofSC researchers team up to prevent cancer for vulnerable families

The five-year study is supported by a $5.8 million U01 grant from the National Cancer Institute and focuses on preventing colorectal cancer in obese parent-child dyads, particularly those in the African American community.

Lidia Gual Gonzalez

Epidemiology student wins award for international public health entomology work

Lídia Gual Gonzalez, a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. in Epidemiology program, has been selected to receive the John Henry Comstock Award from the Entomological Society of America’s International Branch. 

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