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Epidemiology, Ph.D.

Arnold School of Public Health

Become a leading expert in research on combating diseases and public health issues and join the forefront of scientific discovery to make a lasting impact in the health of communities everywhere.

Become an epidemiology doctoral student in the reputable Arnold School of Public Health and pursue groundbreaking research, explore complex health trends and drive meaningful change. Work alongside renowned scientists to unlock opportunities for innovation, leadership and to transform the future of public health.

Program Highlights

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    Accredited Education

    Study in a program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, which assures quality in public health education.

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    Research Experience

    Complete a dissertation that demonstrates the principles and methods in advanced epidemiologic research.

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    In-Demand Skills

    Apply what you learn in opportunities for research and mentorship by experienced epidemiologists and biostatisticians.

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    Notable Program

    Study in a department known for excellence in teaching at a top-tier research institution.

What You’ll Study

Study advanced theories, methods and analytics. Formulate research questions and develop evidence-based hypotheses that are testable with quantitative data. Develop protocols for primary data collection and for documentation of secondary data analyses. Communicate epidemiological findings effectively and complete a dissertation to convey your findings.

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


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

  • Scientific Writing

    Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner

    Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

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
  • Researcher
  • Data Analyst
  • Disease Prevention and Control

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Epidemiologist
  • Assistant Professor
  • Data Scientist
  • Research Associate

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $104,850

Workplace Settings

  • Universities
  • State and Federal Health Departments
  • Hospital Systems
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Insurance
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Employers of Alumni

  • S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control
  • Merck
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
  • Optum
  • University Faculty

The continued need for research on health disparities and for more public health leaders from diverse backgrounds motivated my desire to have a deeper understanding of social and behavioral factors that contribute to health and well-being.

Andrea Danielle Brown
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