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, 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.