Arnold School of Public HealthAt a Glance
The University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health is educating the next generation of public health practitioners, educators and researchers dedicated to improving community health and advancing disease prevention.
The Arnold School — one of the nation’s first schools of public health — is the only school of public health in South Carolina that meets comprehensive accreditation requirements. For nearly 50 years, it has been South Carolina’s go-to resource, partner and leader in public health research and education. What’s more, the Arnold School has earned recognition as one of the nation’s leading research institutions, ranking No. 6 among all public universities in funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Changing Lives Every Day
Learn from world-class faculty recognized nationally and globally for their expertise in HIV/AIDS, tobacco control, cancer prevention, health disparities, obesity prevention, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, environmental protection, nanotechnology and other areas essential to modern health. Combined with the school’s acclaimed academics, focus on experiential learning, renowned research and far-reaching centers and community programs, it's the place to start a future in public health.ARNOLD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Explore, Discover, Lead
The Arnold School of Public Health offers 34 degree and certificate options from undergraduate to graduate across seven disciplines. The nation’s sixth highest NIH-funded public university school of public health, it is home to the nation’s No. 1 Exercise Science doctoral program, according to the National Academy of Kinesiology. USC's exercise and sport science programs also rank No. 4 in the nation, according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments.AREAS OF STUDY
The Arnold School, which garnered more than $47.3 million in funding in 2022, is working to answer elusive questions and probing critical issues that affect the health of people and the environment. The research of faculty, staff, students and centers and programs ripples throughout the lives of individuals, families, communities and diverse populations every day in South Carolina and beyond.RESEARCH AREAS
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Double jeopardy: food insecurity and diabetes
One in five youth and young adults with diabetes in the U.S. lives in a household with limited or uncertain availability of nutritional food, a precarious situation that makes coping with diabetes difficult. Arnold School of Public Health researchers are learning more about this special population and are planning an intervention study to help.
Breakthrough Star Melissa Nolan searches for innovative ways to curb impact of viral and insect-borne illness
Growing up in a poor area of North Georgia, Melissa Nolan saw the negative effects infectious disease could have on a community – and after working in Latin America, she saw how infectious disease interventions could mitigate these kinds of effects. At USC, the assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics is combining her domestic and foreign research interests for maximum impact.
Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery improves communication, quality of life
Aphasia is a language disorder that can occur after a stroke. It is especially prevalent in South Carolina, which has one of the highest stroke rates in the nation. Researchers at C-STAR — USC’s Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery — are working to better understand it.
Sarah Davis blazes trail for mothers pursuing Ph.D.'s
Sarah Davis’s endometriosis diagnosis spurred the NIH-funded researcher to pursue motherhood while completing her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences. As she prepares to celebrate her first Mother’s Day, Davis reflects on what it means to have a successful academic career while starting a family.
From Aphasia to Rural Health
The Arnold School houses and partners with a wide array of centers, institutes and programs that conduct research, translate and disseminate data, and connect with the public through clinical and other services. Its outreach impacts countless populations in South Carolina and the world. The Arnold School is home to the nation’s oldest Alzheimer’s Disease Registry, which began gathering data in 1988 — a full 20 years before the next oldest registry of its kind.CENTERS AND PROGRAMS
Recognized for Quality
The Arnold School is the only school of public health in South Carolina that is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Since 1977, the school has earned rigorous CEPH accreditation, recognizing the school's excellence in providing a top caliber public health education. In addition, four of the school's academic programs hold program-level accreditations that further enhance the depth and quality of education at the Arnold School.ACCREDITATION
Making a Difference
At the Arnold School, our top programs and sought-after experts are educating future health professionals and practitioners. While we were among the nation’s first, today we are one of the nation’s best. One reason our undergraduate program is reliably the largest among schools of public health in the nation.MAJORS AND DEGREES