South Carolina Public Health Training Center

at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston

The South Carolina Public Health Training Center (PHTC) aims to advance knowledge in Public Health Sciences, including systems thinking, change management, persuasive communication, data analytics, problem solving, diversity and inclusion, resource management, and policy engagement as well as to provide education and training with respect to Public Health Sciences research, and to apply that training to public health practice in South Carolina. As such, our priority populations are public health and other health professionals in governmental organizations that serve medically underserved populations. The services provided include workforce trainings, faculty and student collaborative projects, and student placements. The South Carolina PHTC will work with other Region IV PHTC colleagues to assess public health training needs, identify training priorities, develop and implement a region-wide training and marketing plan, and evaluate the impact of its collaborative efforts. Serving the citizens of South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is a state university with a medical center and six colleges that educate a broad range of health professionals (medicine, pharmacy, nursing, graduate studies, dental medicine, health professions). The Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS), located in the College of Medicine, houses the South Carolina PHTC. The mission of the DPHS is to advance knowledge and scholarship in public health through its core activities in research, collaboration, education, and service to enable positive health outcomes locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. The DPHS has a faculty of 35 full time members and 30- doctoral students. The Department offers PhD and MS degrees and MPH degree programs in epidemiology, biostatistics, health behavior and health promotion.

  • Biostatistics/Epidemiology (Data Analytics)
  • Health Behavior and Health Promotion
  • Infectious Disease
  • Chronic Disease
  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Population Health and Public Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Global Health
  • Health Informatics
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Public Health Leadership
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
  • South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC)
  • Clemson
  • College of Charleston (CoC)
  • University of South Carolina (USC)
  • The Citadel
  • Public health training
  • Student field placements

John VenaJohn Vena, PhD

LPS Director

Dr. Vena is the Founding Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at MUSC. He currently serves on the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR) Workforce Development & Training Committee (WDTC). He contributes to the forum for campus-wide training harmonization, identification of workforce needs and gap analyses, catalyst for streamlining resources and tools across multiple training programs, and facilitating knowledge transfer across the CTSA consortium. He currently serves on the Public Health Curriculum Task Force in the College of Medicine and is coordinating all the new curriculum development in the Department of Public Health Sciences including three new MPH degree programs that started in August 2015. Throughout his career he has been a major force and leader in providing the formal mechanisms for structured interdisciplinary graduate training programs and junior faculty mentoring including serving as PI and Co-PI of T-32 training programs and as lead mentor on several K awards. The vast majority of his publications are co-authored with trainees (~70 publications) and junior faculty colleagues (~80 publications). He has 35 years of experience in environmental epidemiology and graduate and professional training.


Ramesh RamakrishnanV. Ramesh Ramakrishnan, PhD


Dr. Ramakrishnan has been assisting collaborators from epidemiology and other public health departments, most areas of medicine, dentistry, psychiatry and nursing over 25 years. He has mentored 16 PhD’s and several junior faculty both in biostatistics as well as on training grants in clinical and basic sciences. He runs yearly biostatistics workshops at DPHS.  From 2006-2011, he was the Director of the Biostatistics Shared Resources at the Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University. At present he co-directs a Rheumatology (MCRC) biostatistics core and he is the leader of Biostatistics for two COBREs, one in Stroke rehabilitation and another in Dental medicine.  He is also the lead biostatistician on a multicenter ALS trial (CreATe) run through the University of Miami. His biostatistics methodological expertise encompasses a wide range of topics including non-ignorable missing data analysis in longitudinal studies, quantitative twin data analyses and high throughput data analysis.


Angela M. Malek, PhD, MPH

Program Coordinator

Dr. Malek is a Research Associate in the Department of Public Health Sciences at MUSC. She received her PhD and MPH from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Malek is the Instructor for the MPH Seminar course and serves on the MPH Program Committee within the Department of Public Health Sciences. Her areas of interest include neuroepidemiology (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke), environmental epidemiology, and maternal and child health.