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  Jul 13, 2024
2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Arnold School of Public Health

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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 E. Porter, Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Robert E. McKeown, Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
J. Larry Durstine, Chair, Department of Exercise Science
Edward A. Frongillo, Jr., Chair, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
M. Mahmud Khan, Chair, Department of Health Services Policy and Management

Overview Departments
Degree Programs 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, physicians, 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 Cancer Prevention and Control Program, the South Carolina Public Health Institute, the Office for the Study of Aging, the Rural Health Research Center, the Consortium for the Latino Immigration Studies, and the Speech and Hearing Center, and actively partners with the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities .

Degree Programs

The Arnold School of Public Health offers both the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree as well as two minors. The B.A. and B.S. in public health are interdisciplinary programs currently administered in the Office of Academic Affairs, while the Department of Exercise Sciences offers the B.S. in Exercise Science.

In addition, the school offers minors in Communication Sciences and Disorders and in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior.

Admission Requirements

Incoming freshmen who meet University of South Carolina admissions standards are eligible for admission to the degree programs offered by the Arnold School of Public Health. Transfer admission requires school approval as well as prerequisite conditions detailed with the specific programs.


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) 

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