The University of South Carolina’s nationally-renowned Arnold School of Public Health will open a satellite program in Greenville focused on research and education that tackles some of South Carolina’s most pressing health needs. The expansion, a partnership with Greenville Health System (GHS) Health Sciences Center and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, will allow students to receive graduate-level education at the intersection of public health and clinical medicine and conduct cutting-edge research into solutions to public health problems.
In addition to four current public health faculty members, three new public health scientists will be located on GHS’ campus and are scheduled to begin as early as this fall. The expansion is a reflection of the Arnold School’s position as the state’s only accredited public health school as well as a desire for health systems like GHS to work proactively to address regional population health issues such as stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity.
“The opportunity to expand the important work of the Arnold School of Public Health into one of the largest health care delivery systems in South Carolina is huge for our students and faculty,” said Dr. Thomas Chandler, dean of the Arnold School. “We are internationally known for our hands-on work in reducing health disparities in South Carolina communities through effective outreach, education and research programs. Chronic disease prevention and management requires a community population-health focus to be successful.”
The Arnold School is one of the most respected public health colleges in the country, ranking No. 1 in the nation for its exercise science doctoral program. Overall, USC offers 100 health science degrees and boasts 17 nationally ranked health science programs.