To mark the Arnold School of Public Health’s 40th Anniversary (1975-2015), please join us for an array of school-wide and department-sponsored events on March 18 (and several held earlier in the week) as we celebrate 40 years of history, growth and achievements.
In the 1970s, public health was evolving from a second degree for medical professionals to a primary health discipline, and in 1975, what is now known as the Arnold School of Public Health was established in USC’s new College of Public Health and Associated Health Programs. Two years later, the Arnold School became the 19th accredited school of public health in the United States and remains the only school of public health in South Carolina.
In 1991, the College of Health became the renamed School of Public Health with the current six departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Exercise Science; Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior; Health Services Policy and Management. Then, in 2000, Columbia business leader Mr. Norman J. Arnold and his wife, Ms. Gerry Sue, gifted $10 million to create an endowment to support the teaching, research and public education efforts of the School. The School of Public Health was named in Mr. Arnold’s honor and became the third school of public health in the U.S., and the first at a public institution, to be nominally endowed. In 2015, the Arnolds gifted another $7 million to create the Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold Institute on Aging, which will focus on aging well by addressing issues faced by our most vulnerable populations—children and older adults.
Today, the Arnold School has more than 1,800 undergraduates in public health and exercise science and 730 graduate students in 27 programs across eight disciplines. The School’s 130+ faculty members produced 535 peer-reviewed publications (Calendar Year 2015) and received nearly $36 million (Fiscal Year 2015) in extramural funding—a third record year in a row—and they are frequently recognized with prestigious state and national awards.
Our growth continues with popular undergraduate programs, active faculty recruitment and a robust and diverse research agenda encompassing health disparities, cancer prevention, physical activity, nutrition, neuroimaging, environmental toxicology/microbiology, speech fluency and literacy, tobacco control, sexual health, diabetes and clinical research. Arnold School undergraduate students are learning the importance of leadership in public health programming and research through the “graduation with leadership distinction” program at USC. Forty-six of our baccalaureates achieved this distinction last year, and we lead the University in this important effort.
Our graduate students engage in interprofessional education and teamwork training to bring multidisciplinary expertise to solving the difficult health issues of our times. They also publish their research often and well alongside their faculty mentors in peer-reviewed journals. We have the sixth highest proportion of doctoral graduates among all 52 accredited schools of public health in the U.S., and our graduate students consistently win campus, state and national honors in scholarship, academic achievement and service. Our doctoral program in exercise science was recently recognized “No. 1 in the USA” by the National Academy of Kinesiology.
Read more about our history and see a table of events: http://www.sph.sc.edu/news/arnold_school_anni.html