Office of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (PHSIS)
“Providing the right information, to the right people, in the right time and format” is the mission of the Office of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (PHSIS). PHSIS has eight units to carry out this mission:
- Division of Vital Registry - a population-based registry of all live births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages, divorces, adoptions and induced terminations of pregnancy occurring in South Carolina;
- Division of Cancer Registry - known as the S.C. Central Cancer Registry, is a population-based registry of all incidents of cancer cases in South Carolina;
- Division of Biostatistics - a statistical, epidemiological, data management and analysis unit;
- Office of the State Toxicologist - an analytical unit responsible for linking environmental hazards to human exposures and adverse outcomes for public health prevention and intervention;
- Division of Informatics - an information technology unit responsible for integrating complex systems to enable the agency to meet data and information needs in environmental permitting and public health prevention practices.
Within these units, PHSIS has the core elements needed to assist the agency in providing data and information for daily decision-making and for the protection of the state’s environment and population health. The office is also responsible for conducting Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversight on researches conducted by the agency and others to ensure the protection of human subjects involved in research.