Rural and Minority Health Research Center

Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina

220 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 204
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: 803.251.6317
Fax: 803.251.6399
Website: View center's website

Director: Jan Eberth, PhD
Deputy Director: Elizabeth Crouch, PhD

The Rural and Minority Health Research Center's mission is to illuminate and address the problems experienced by rural and minority populations in order to guide research, policy, and related advocacy. The Rural and Minority Health Research Center goals are to:

  • Develop the methods and conduct the research necessary to provide a clear picture of health status, healthcare needs, and health services utilization among rural and minority populations.
  • Investigate the effectiveness of policies aimed at improving health and reducing barriers to care among rural and minority populations, especially those living in poverty.
  • Assess the resources available to, and barriers experienced by, rural and safety net healthcare providers.
  • Promote the professional development of rural and minority researchers and facilitate cross-disciplinary collaborations between faculty and community partners wishing to engage in health disparities research.
  • Provide expert advice to national, state, and local government and to rural and minority constituency groups to empower policy development and advocacy.