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Public Health Sciences

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Health Sciences, B.S.

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Majoring in health science starts with an introduction to the principles of public health. With each class, you’ll dive into specifics pertaining to your personal interests while keeping a strong focus on the promotion of a healthy population. Students choose one of four concentration areas:

  • Health Services Administration
  • Health Promotion and Behavior
  • Pre-Professional Studies in Health
  • Language and International Health

Regardless of your concentration area, we will provide the tools and training that will allow you to succeed in one of the largest industries in the nation. It’s a big claim, but it’s one backed up by Clemson graduates and professors working across the globe in every imaginable health-focused area.

Applied Health Research and Evaluation, M.S. / Ph.D.

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The Department of Public Health Sciences offers a non-thesis M.S. degree in Applied Health Research and Evaluation. The goal of this program is to develop technicians, data analysts, program evaluators, or research associates/coordinators, working in the private and public sectors, with foundational research and evaluation knowledge and skills related to study design, data management, and data analysis. Specifically, graduates will work as integral parts of collaborative research teams who wish to assess the efficacy and effectiveness of programs and interventions, improve the efficiency of health services, and provide data-based evidence to drive informed decision-making and empower positive change in population and healthcare practice.

Our Ph.D. degree in Applied Health Research and Evaluation allows graduates to be independent researchers and methodological leaders. The program develops depth and breadth of knowledge in the determinants of health, healthcare systems, research and evaluation design, epidemiology, and quantitative & qualitative methods, making graduates highly competitive for employment in many different work settings.

Biomedical Data Science and Informatics, M.S. / Ph.D.

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Master of Science programis an interdisciplinary program that leverages the broad strength at Clemson spanning computing, engineering, mathematics, biology, public health, and other areas to produce the next generation of data scientists, prepared to manage and analyze big data sources from mobile sensors to genomic and imaging technologies. Graduates will possess the necessary skills for informatics careers in biology, medicine or public health focused on the development of prescriptive analytics from large data sources.

Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina offer a joint Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Data Science and Informatics. This unique collaboration combines Clemson’s strengths in computing, engineering, and public health with MUSC’s expertise in biomedical sciences to produce the next generation of data scientists, prepared to manage and analyze big data sources in order to improve health in the state and the nation. Graduates will possess marketable skills for informatics careers in biology, medicine, or public health focused on the development of prescriptive analytics from large data sources and will be prepared to lead research programs in academic, healthcare, public health, and industry.

Accelerated B.S. to M.S. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation

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The Department of Public Health Sciences offers an accelerated B.S. to M.S. option to highly qualified undergraduate students in the Health Sciences major. Under this plan, students can reduce the time necessary to earn the B.S. in Health Science and the M.S. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation by applying up to 12 graduate credit hours to both the undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

Students enrolled in this plan begin taking graduate courses to satisfy the health electives and guided requirements of the undergraduate curriculum their senior year. Once they have completed the undergraduate requirements, students graduate with a B.S. in Health Science. They continue fulfilling the graduate requirements post-graduation, ensuring a total of 150 credits are earned for both degrees. Once completed, students graduate with an M.S. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation. The total anticipated time frame for the B.S. to M.S. program is 5 years or less (depending upon Advanced Placement and transfer credits).

Undergraduate Public Health Certificate

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The Department of Public Health Sciences is offering an online, nine credit undergraduate-level certificate for undergraduate students enrolled at Clemson University who are not currently majoring in the Health Science (HS) or Language & International Health (L&IH) undergraduate concentrations. The goal of this certificate is to provide basic educational training in core public health concepts and applications for students who intend to apply to graduate programs in public health or desire introductory coursework in public health as preparation for professional schools in health care delivery.

Clinical and Translational Research Graduate Certificate

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Clemson University's Department of Public Health Sciences and Department of Mathematical Sciences, in collaboration with the Prisma-Health Upstate, is now offering a graduate-level certification in clinical and translational research. The goal of this program is to enhance clinical and translational research capabilities of clinicians, research support staff, and other health professionals. The program will be delivered via evening classes at the University Center Greenville in Greenville, South Carolina.

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