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Public Health, B.A.

Arnold School of Public Health

Get a comprehensive education that prepares you for a career in service to humanity through efforts to protect the environment, prevent the spread of disease, enhance well-being and advocate for a healthy world.

The Arnold School of Public Health is on the cutting edge of solving public health problems around the globe and provides the skills you'll need to address current and emerging public health issues. Designed for entry into social science-based graduate programs such as law school, the B.A. emphasizes social and behavioral sciences.

Program Highlights

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    Practical Experiences

    Learn through experiences outside the classroom and finish with a public health capstone seminar.

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    State Accreditation

    Study at the only school of public health in the state that is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

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    Research Leaders

    Work closely with faculty members on independent research while learning valuable research skills.

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    Assistance Available

    Qualify for the $2,500 annual LIFE Enhancement Scholarship for eligible S.C. LIFE scholarship recipients.

What You’ll Study

Courses include environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health services policy and management, and health promotion. Enjoy the flexibility to build cognates in an area of interest and participate in research that complements your goals. Incorporate education abroad experiences by the course or for a semester.

Building Skills

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

  • Planning and Strategy

    Developing and implementing a comprehensive and effective approach to achieve specific goals

    Systems Analysis

    Studying and improving complex systems to optimize performance and efficiency

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

  • Communication

    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

    Examine Evidence

    Gathering and analyzing information for decision-making or problem-solving purposes

    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

  • Advocate
  • Coordinator
  • Administrator
  • Representative
  • Associate
  • Manager

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Registered Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Scribe
  • Account Manager

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $61,010

Workplace Settings

  • Health
  • Nonprofits
  • Government
  • Policy
  • Private Sector

Employers of Alumni

  • University of South Carolina
  • Prisma Health
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control
  • Lexington Medical Center
  • Atrium Health

I always wanted to be in the health field but realized my passion was for creating and fostering healthy communities. Public health allows me to be everything I am and everything I want to become. I’m able to be a creative and a problem solver, and serve those in need.

Alexandria Taylor
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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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