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Epidemiology

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

Angela Liese

Arnold School researchers contribute to special series on adolescent nutrition in The Lancet

Professor Edward Frongillo and Angela Liese, along with Ph.D. alumna Chiwoneso Tinago, have co-authored papers published in a special series by The Lancet that focuses on adolescent nutrition. 

Melissa Nolan

UofSC researchers lead study to help state health officials fight COVID

One year after the launch of the SC Strong Project, UofSC interviews epidemiology assistant professor Melissa Nolan to find out what the team has learned about COVID-19 infections, spread, testing, vaccinations and risk factors in South Carolina. 

Matthew Lohman

Research on COVID-19 spread in long-term care facilities suggests these settings serve as early indicators of community-wide spread

A study led by epidemiology researchers has investigated COVID-19 infection rates and deaths among long-term care facility residents and staff in South Carolina. The team found that the early detection of COVID-19 in these settings could serve as a first indicator of disease spread in the surrounding area

Jihong Liu

Big Data Health Science Center wins grant to assess impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on maternal health disparities

Professors Xiaoming Li and Jihong Liu will lead an NIH-funded study to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected severe maternal morbidity/mortality with a focus on the combined effects of pre-existing disparities and disproportionate rates of COVID-19.

Jingkai Wei

Epidemiologist Jingkai Wei boosts Arnold School expertise in cardiovascular disease, cognitive aging as assistant professor

This fall, Wei brought his expertise in lifestyle, psychosocial, and vascular risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and dementia to the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics as an assistant professor.

 

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