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School & Program Updates

South Carolina Undergraduate Programs Continue to Grow

Enrollment in the Arnold School of Public Health’s undergraduate programs at the University of South Carolina has tripled since the first public health students matriculated in 2008. Now offering both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Public Health as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, more than 1,800 undergraduates call the Arnold School home. The School also offers a minor in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior and a minor in Nutrition and Food Systems. Emphasis areas for the Exercise Science program include Health Fitness, Scientific Foundations, and Motor Development.

At the University of South Carolina, Arnold School undergrads serve as leaders (e.g., USC Ambassadors, University 101 Peer Leaders, Resident Hall Mentors) and are frequently the recipients of university-level scholarships and awards. Beyond campus, Arnold School undergraduate programs impact local, state, national, and international communities and contribute to students’ professional development. Some recent success stories include the following highlights.

Practical Applications

Senior capstone class enables 166 public health students to give back to the community through $40,000 in fundraising efforts while learning essential public health competencies in practice settings across the Midlands. Read more:

Immersed in emergency operations center work after devastating floods hit Columbia, S.C., AmeriCorps volunteer and public health undergrad Liz Harrison has a new career calling: disaster resilience. Read more:

Undergrad Madeleine Giess’ journey to the public health field began with horseback riding, which transitioned to weight lifting and later exercise science. Read more:

Exercise Science senior and USC Triathlon Club President Morgan Durand volunteers with the non-profit, Bike and Build, cycling across the country to build homes in support of fair and affordable housing. Read more:

International Experience

For many undergraduates, studying abroad is an unrealistic dream. But for Carter Little, a Richmond, Va. native and public health major, that dream became a reality with a semester in Australia. Read more:

As public health major Julia Vincent preps to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics, she explains how everything about being a Gamecock, from her coach and team to her program of study and the University itself, has made her a better diver. Read more:

Exercise Science undergrads blog their way through a Maymester course in the United States and Ireland, comparing health professions between the two countries. Read more:

Comprehensive Training

Andrea Ayers graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in public health. This fall she will begin a Master of Public Health in Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control to further develop her international expertise. Read more:

Honors undergrad Kelsie Dirksing spent her summer developing an app that aids smoking cessation after joining the early acceptance and research program at University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine. Read more:


Destiny Byrd has only been at Carolina for a year, but she’s fully immersed herself in public health service and leadership activities, and she’s already being recognized for it. The public health major recently received a scholarship from SCPHA. Read more:

Exercise Science major and soccer alumna Stevi Parker graduates with plans to pursue a career in nutrition and persona training. Read more:

Three seniors were named 2016 Outstanding Exercise Science Students for their undergraduate achievements. Read more:

After a nationwide competition, exercise science undergrad Haley Yaw has been named a Truman Scholar Finalist. She is part of an elite group of juniors to make it this far in the selection—and one of only two chosen from S.C. Read more: