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Public Health, B.S.

Arnold School of Public Health

Prepare for a career in service to humanity with a comprehensive education around 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. Learn to address current and emerging public health issues with a broad-based natural science curriculum. The B.S. prepares students for further study and natural and environmental public health sciences, medicine and other clinical professions.

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.

  • Systems Analysis

    Studying and improving complex systems to optimize performance and efficiency

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs


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

  • Planning and Strategy

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

    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

  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Assistant
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Medical Assistant
  • Trainer

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 Care
  • Private Practice
  • Sports
  • Exercise
  • Medical
  • Government

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

Public health is the perfect major for anyone who wants to do anything in health care. The curriculum encompasses so many different areas that affect health. Public health gave me a different perspective on health and wellness, and really molded the way I want to practice medicine in the future.

Anjali Borsum
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