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Arnold School of Public Health

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

If you would like to apply to the Biostatistics Master of Science (MS) or the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, you will need to submit your application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).  Epidemiology Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and dual Epidemiology/Environmental Health Sciences PhD applicants will also apply through SOPHAS.

In Fall 2019, the Arnold School of Public Health launched our redesigned MPH programs to meet new accreditation criteria from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Epidemiology and Biostatistics applicants must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Please visit SOPHAS for further details.

 

Admissions Information by Degree

Special Note: Contact the Biostatistics graduate director at rrmoran@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants to the program must have a baccalaureate degree in arts, sciences or medicine from an accredited institution    
  • Students in the program must have completed Calculus 1, Calculus 2 and Calculus 3 (Vector Calculus) as well as a course in Matrix or Linear Algebra with a grade of B or better. Applicants can be accepted without meeting these requirements, but they must be completed prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • GRE scores will not be required for the 2021-2022 application cycle
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based - or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam - minimum overall band score of 6.5
  • Prior professional work experience is considered an asset but is not a requirement
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores will not be required for the 2021-2022 application cycle
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School 
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208

Special NoteContact the Biostatistics graduate director at rrmoran@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a master’s degree in Biostatistics, Statistics, or a master’s degree in some other field and experience in these areas
  • Students in the program must have completed Calculus 1, Calculus 2, and Calculus 3 (Vector Calculus) as well as a course in Matrix or Linear Algebra with a grade of B or better. Applicants can be accepted without meeting these requirements, but they must be completed prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • GRE scores will not be required for the 2021-2022 application cycle
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based - or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam - minimum overall band score of 6.5
  • Three years of post-baccalaureate work experience in the field of public health or another health-related field is highly recommended, but not required

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives 
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores will not be required for the 2021-2022 application cycle
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208

Special Note: Contact the Epidemiology MPH graduate director at 803-777-7353 or torresme@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

We welcome you to apply to our Master of Public Health degree program, which matriculates one cohort of students every fall.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, preferably in public health, health related field, science, or liberal arts
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • GRE scores will not be required for the 2021-2022 application cycle
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 90 or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum overall band score of 7.0. This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution with Graduate Director approval.
  • Prior professional work experience is considered an asset but is not a requirement
  • Research experience is recommended but not required

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement describing why you have chosen to study epidemiology, why you have chosen to study at the University of South Carolina, your academic and practice interests, relevant work, research, or practice experiences, and academic/professional goals and objectives
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Evidence of quantitative ability such as relevant completed coursework and/or letter of recommendation from a course instructor who can provide an assessment of quantitative skills
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores will not be required for the 2021-2022 application cycle
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208

Special Note: Contact the Epidemiology graduate director at 803-777-7353 or ljhazlet@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Beginning Fall 2021, the Master of Science in Public Health degree will change it's name to the Master of Science degree program.

We welcome you to apply to our Master of Science degree program, which matriculates one cohort of students every fall.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, preferably in public health, health related field, science, or liberal arts
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • GRE scores will not be required for the 2021-2022 application cycle
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 90 or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum overall band score of 7.0. This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution with Graduate Director approval.
  • Prior professional work experience is considered an asset but is not a requirement
  • Research experience strongly recommended but not required
  • At least one year of college math past Algebra

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement describing why you have chosen to study epidemiology, why you have chosen to study at the University of South Carolina, your academic and research interests, relevant work and research experiences, and academic/professional goals and objectives
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended.
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores will not be required for the 2021-2022 application cycle
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208

Special Note: A member of the epidemiology faculty must agree to serve as your mentor before your application can be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. It is up to you to find a mentor. You can obtain a list of our faculty from the departmental website: http://sph.sc.edu/people.  You must communicate with the faculty in your area(s) of interest before you apply, so that you can focus your statement of purpose.  In your statement of purpose, please detail your research interest and indicate the faculty member who has agreed to mentor you. 

Contact the Epidemiology graduate director at 803-777-7353 or ljhazlet@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Fellowship/Training Grant Opportunities:  

If you are applying for the Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program (BBIP), please apply using the Priority deadline. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Please complete the supplemental questions found within the Questions section of the SOPHAS application. More information about the BBIP traineeship

USC Presidential Fellowship - All applicants who meet the Priority deadline will be considered for the prestigious University of South Carolina Presidential Fellowship. More information about the Fellowship.

 

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree, preferably in public health (epidemiology) from an accredited school of public health or an equivalent advanced professional degree.
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • GRE scores will not be required for the 2021-2022 application cycle.
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum overall band score of 7.0. This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution with Graduate Director approval.
  • Work experience or training in the field of public health or another health-related field is highly recommended but not required.
  • Evidence of research experience is required.

Application Requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Purpose describing your academic and research interests, relevant research and work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives, confirmed mentor and how your research interests align, and why you have chosen to attend the University of South Carolina
  • If you have first author publication(s), include a copy of the publication(s)
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Evidence of quantitative ability such as relevant completed coursework and/or letter or recommendation from a course instructor who can provide an assessment of quantitative skills
  • GRE scores will not be required for the 2021-2022 application cycle 
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the UofSC Institutional code 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the UofSC Graduate School  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208

Special Note: A faculty member from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (ENHS) AND the Department of Epidemiology (EPID) must agree to serve as your co-advisors before you can be accepted into the combination doctoral (PhD) degree program in EPID/ENHS. It is up to you to identify two faculty members who will be willing to serve as your co-advisors. You can obtain a list of our faculty from the departmental website: http://sph.sc.edu/people. You must communicate with the faculty in your area(s) of interest before you apply, so that you can focus your statement of purpose. Contact the Program Graduate Directors for permission before submitting an application after the deadline date.   

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a master's degree in an appropriate field or equivalent advanced professional degree and/or experience.  A master’s degree in epidemiology and/or environmental health sciences preferred
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum overall band score of 7.0. This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution with Graduate Director approval.

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose describing your academic and research interests and relevant work experiences, and academic/professional goals and objectives 
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208

A faculty member in each department, Epidemiology AND Environmental Health Sciences, must agree to mentor you prior to submission of your application to SOPHAS.

 

Special Note: Contact the program director at (803) 777-8948 or MCHCatalyst@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.  For more information, go to: https://web.asph.sc.edu/mch/.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • GRE scores are not required
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 90 or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum overall band score of 7.0. This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution with Graduate Director approval.

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from all  schools or colleges previously attended
  • At least two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores are not required
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208
  • Applicants currently enrolled in a USC graduate program may use the Update Request Form for Concurrent Enrollment to apply

 


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