Greenville expansion of USC’s Arnold School of Health targets population health

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The University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health’s new satellite program in Greenville will focus on challenges encountered in real-world healthcare delivery and disease prevention.

Three new public health scientists will be located on the Greenville Health System’s campus as early as this fall. The new satellite program will focus on research and education that focuses on some of South Carolina’s and the region’s most pressing health issues, including stroke, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

“Chronic disease prevention and management requires a community population-health focus to be successful,” said Thomas Chandler, dean of the Arnold School, in a release.

The expansion 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, the release said. Faculty at the new Arnold School location will teach in established graduate degree programs such as the master of public health in health promotion, education, and behavior, as well as public health management and a professional master of health administration. Future expansion is expected to include interdisciplinary graduate degree options that combine public health with clinical medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and other health disciplines.

“Because a person’s health is affected by the environment in which she or he lives, both health systems and patients are rewarded with improved health status when their communities are healthier and more supportive of healthful behaviors such as walking and smart dietary choices. That’s population health,” said Robbie Horner, associate dean for clinical public health.

Combining population health strategies with clinical medicine to fight disease also helps reduce long-term health care costs, Horner said. “The goal is to keep the patients healthy by making better lifestyle choices,” he said.

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