Public Health Research Center

Academic Departments

At the heart of the University of South Carolina campus in downtown Columbia is the Arnold School of Public Health, one of 40 accredited schools of public health in the United States. The Arnold School of Public Health offers outstanding educational opportunities in a progressive environment. Its students are those preparing for careers in public health, as well as professionals who desire to update their knowledge, broaden their perspectives, and expand their capabilities in their chosen fields.

The school is made up of six departments, with some interdisciplinary programs administered through the Office of Academic Affairs.

These departments create a sophisticated academic environment in which environmental scientists, biostatisticians, epidemiologist health care administrators, health educators, and other public health professionals provide students excellent professional guidance.

The Arnold School of Public Health offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Public Heath (DrPH), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), Master of Health Administration (MHA), and Master of Speech-Language Pathology (MSP). The Master of Nursing / Master of Public Health dual degree (MSN / MPH) is offered in cooperation with the College of Nursing and the Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health dual degree (MSW / MPH) is offered in cooperation with the College of Social Work. The BA and BS in Public Health are also offered.

The Department of Exercise Science offers the Master of Science in Exercise Science (MS) degree and the Bachelor of Science (BS). The Department of Health Promotion Education and Behavior offers offers the Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Communication which is an interdisciplinary 18-hour post-bachelor’s program administered jointly by the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and the School of Library and Information Science.


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