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School and 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 1900 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 (e.g., USC’s Outstanding Woman of the Year, Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award – the University’s highest honor for undergraduates). 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 Experience

May 2015 graduate Ms. Molly Sullivan’s exercise science practicum at a cardiac rehabilitation center confirms her career plans to continue her training in the field of cardiology by enrolling in a prestigious cardiology program. Read more: http://sph.sc.edu/news/cardiacrehab_sullivan.html

Service Learning

Assistant professor of environmental health sciences, Dr. Sarah Rothenberg, teaches undergraduates about global environmental health and community service through a partnership with the South Carolina State Museum to educate K-12 students about climate change. Read more: http://sph.sc.edu/news/climate_rothenberg.html

International Research

Exercise science major Ms. Lily Gullion crowdfunds a summer trip to the Netherlands to research whether computer games can be used to assess the social skills of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and gauge their progress in response to intervention therapies. Read more: http://sph.sc.edu/news/cardiacrehab_sullivan.html

Comprehensive Training

Rising senior Ms. Jocelyn Rogers (public health) boosts her public health knowledge and skills this summer through an 11-week internship with project IMHOTEP, a public health training program for undergraduates offered through a cooperative agreement between Morehouse College and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more: http://sph.sc.edu/news/imhotep_rogers.html

National Recognition

Nationwide competition for the 2015 Mount Vernon Leadership Fellowship names exercise science junior Ms. Haley Yaw a finalist and Ms. Klara Milojkovic, a Magellan Scholar conducting research with Arnold School faculty, a winner. Read more: http://sph.sc.edu/news/haley_yaw_finalist.html

Professional Development

Ms. Kara Jones (public health) gains professional experience through the 2015 South Carolina Washington Semester Program and then accepts a position at The Galen Institute, a nonprofit health policy research organization outside of D.C., after her May graduation. Read more: http://sph.sc.edu/news/kara_jones.html

Strengthening the Guard

Exercise science students gain practical experience by leading training sessions for the South Carolina National Guard service members during a pilot program aimed at improving health and physical readiness. Read more: http://sph.sc.edu/news/exsc_nationalguard.html