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Health Sciences

The University of South Carolina system is the state’s most comprehensive health care research and education entity. We are elevating life and health for all South Carolinians.

Every day at South Carolina, students, faculty and researchers tackle health care’s most persistent issues with a watchful eye on what’s ahead. We’re working for a healthier state through the clinical education of next-generation medical professionals and in studies spanning dozens of health care-related research centers and institutes.

South Carolina awards more than 4,000 health care-related degrees annually to future clinicians, technicians, researchers and educators who believe in the transformative power of medicine. A state-of-the-art, 16-acre health sciences campus under development in Columbia promises even more providers for the state’s citizens and underserved communities.


A National Leader in Research

The university’s vast research enterprise has earned the top Carnegie Foundation classification — R1— for offering the highest level of research activity at a doctoral university. That elite honor is one reason university researchers attracted $240 million in sponsored awards in 2023 in areas ranging from infectious diseases to cancer to brain health. When research thrives, students aren’t just learning from the best and brightest, they’re innovating alongside them in labs, programs and studies, too.

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  • 20 nationally ranked health science programs.
  • 100 degree programs in the health sciences.
  • 900 nursing degrees awarded each year.


Both of USC’s medical schools rank in the Top 10 nationally for the
number of graduates serving in medically underserved areas, with the School of Medicine Columbia at No. 5 and the School of Medicine Greenville at No. 7.

Achieving a Healthier State

The University of South Carolina offers a world of opportunity for those interested in health-related careers. Nursing programs at all eight USC institutions help more nurses enter the workforce in a state with the nation’s lowest nurse-to-population ratio. Top-ranked exercise science, athletic training and online graduate nursing programs prepare students to be leaders in their fields. We're training future generations of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, biomedical engineers, clinical psychologists and public health professionals.

Health Sciences Degrees
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We are elevating life andhealth for all South Carolinians

Improving care in the Stroke Belt

South Carolina suffers from high rates of stroke, but USC researchers are on the case. At the University of South Carolina, we're committed to bringing improved care — and better outcomes — to the buckle of the nation's Stroke Belt. 

Improving the Odds
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Advancing Nurse Education

Nursing has changed dramatically in recent years. Once found mostly in hospitals, nurses today are in community centers, primary care and home health settings, and in telehealth and mobile care, too. High demand, an aging population and other factors are driving a statewide shortage of nurses. At the University of South Carolina, we’re working on all fronts to attract, retain, better train and grow the workforce we depend on for our nation’s health.

A Culture of Caring
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Improving Access to Health Care

South Carolinians face significant health care challenges. In the state's rural and underserved areas, the challenges are even more profound. Along with high statewide incidences of stroke, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, rural areas further struggle with having fewer doctors, nurses and hospitals available than more populous areas. University researchers and graduates are trying to close critical gaps.

Serving the Underserved
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The costs of poor fitness

Researchers at the Arnold School of Public Health are investigating the causes and high costs of physical inactivity. Researchers studying children and adults are gaining intel and answers that have the power to benefit individuals and society for years to come.

Run, Play and Stay Healthy
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