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  Jul 13, 2024
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Arnold School of Public Health

G. Thomas Chandler, Dean  
Cheryl L. Addy, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs  
Gregory A. Hand, Associate Dean for Research and Practice  
Saundra Glover, Associate Dean for Health Disparities and Social Justice  
Elaine M. Frank, Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders  
Dwayne Porter, Interim Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences  
Robert McKeown, Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics  
J. Larry Durstine Chair, Department of Exercise Science  
Edward A. Frongillo, Chair, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior  
Janice C. Probst, Interim Chair, Department of Health Services Policy and Management  

Overview Departments
Degrees Offered Website
Admission Requirements  


Public Health is an exciting and growing field of study. The field challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury. Professionals in Public Health come from varying educational backgrounds and can specialize in an array of fields. A host of specialists, including teachers, journalists, researchers, administrators, environmentalists, demographers, social workers, laboratory scientists, and attorneys, work to protect the health of the public. This is a field geared toward serving local, national, and international communities. Public Health professionals are leaders who meet the many exciting challenges in protecting the public’s health today and in the future. The Arnold School of Public Health was established by legislative action in 1974 and has been fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1979.

The mission of the Arnold School of Public Health is to expand, disseminate and apply the body of knowledge regarding prevention of disease, disability, and environmental degradation; promote health and well being in diverse populations; and provide effective, efficient and equitable health services. .An integral part of the training of students at the school is participation in research activities. Since the state is experiencing rapid demographic and industrial changes, health problems range from those of a traditional rural setting (infectious diseases, infant mortality, access to health care) to those of a modern industrial setting (impact of new industries on air and water quality and the safety of the workplace). The school has been committed to “action research” since its inception. The importance of dealing with operating programs and defined problems has led to close working relationships with human service programs, health care facilities, and governmental agencies throughout the state and region.

The school contains the Prevention Research Center, the Center for Research on Nutrition and Health Disparities, the Center for Health Services Policy and Research, the Center for Public Health Preparedness, the Rural Health Research Center, and Speech and Hearing Center, and actively partners with the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities and the Cancer Prevention and Control Program.

Degrees Offered

The Arnold School of Public Health offers graduate programs of study leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.), Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.). The Department of Exercise Science also offers the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.); the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers study that leads to the Master of Speech Pathology (M.S.P.) and Master of Communication Disorders (M.C.D.); and the Department of Health Services Policy and Management also offers a Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.).

A Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health dual degree (M.S.N./M.P.H.) is offered in cooperation with the College of Nursing. A Master of Social Work/M.P.H. dual degree is offered in cooperation with the College of Social Work. A Doctor of Medicine/M.P.H. dual degree is offered in cooperation with the USC School of Medicine and the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. A dual Juris Doctor/M.H.A. is offered in cooperation with the School of Law. . The Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Communication is administered by the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior; the School of Journalism and Mass Communications; and the School of Library and Information Science. The Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health is administered by the Office of Academic Affairs. The Arnold School of Public Health participates in the certificate of graduate studies programs in gerontology and drug and addictions studies.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission conform to the general regulations of The Graduate School of the University of South Carolina including satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination, unless otherwise indicated in the program documentation. In addition, applicants must submit an official transcript of their entire academic record, evidence of academic performance at a B or better level, a curriculum vitae or resume, a brief statement of professional goals and objectives, and at least two letters of recommendation.


Click the links below to view programs and courses administered by each department.

Communication Sciences and Disorders 

Environmental Health Sciences 

Epidemiology and Biostatistics 

Exercise Science 

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior 

Health Services Policy and Management 

Public Health Programs (Office of Academic Affairs) 

Some programs offered by the Arnold School of Public Health are available as Graduate Dual Degree Programs  .