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Biostatistics, Ph.D.

Arnold School of Public Health

Prepare to teach and perform independent or collaborative biostatistical research across a variety of industries investigating health conditions and analyzing health programs.

Our program trains researchers to teach and pursue original research on analytical approaches to investigating health conditions. You'll develop and apply biostatistical principles and methods to public health problems and earn an advanced graduate degree designed for students pursuing teaching and research careers.

Program Highlights

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    Meaningful Work

    Integrate mathematics, statistics and public health to turn data into the answers to health-related questions.

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    High Demand

    Help prepare students to work in private industry, universities, research institutes, state health departments and governmental agencies.

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    Dedicated Faculty

    Learn from 11 full-time faculty members experienced in using rigorous methods to unravel the true story hidden within complex data.

What You’ll Study

Part of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health, our faculty is passionate about teaching, mentoring and advancing biostatistical methodologies to address complex issues. You'll master advanced biostatistical techniques and learn to teach topics in biostatistics in a classroom setting.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making


    Soliciting and collecting money or other resources from donors to support a cause or organization

    Public Speaking

    Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively

  • Research

    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Faculty
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Biostatistician
  • Biotechnologist

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Associate Director Biostatistics
  • Biomarker Statistician
  • Quantitative Analytics Consultant
  • Research Statistician

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Biotechnology
  • Health Care
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences

Employers of Alumni

  • Pfizer
  • Novartis
  • Bayer
  • Takeda

My experience in our program is overwhelmingly positive because I have found an academic home that supports my development into a better scientist.

Anja Zgodic
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