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About DHEC

Office of Public Health Statistics and Information Services (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 Services (PHSIS). PHSIS has three units to carry out this mission:

  • Division of Vital Records - a population-based registry of all live births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages, divorces, adoptions and induced terminations of pregnancy occurring in South Carolina; also responsible for issuance of certified copies of births, deaths, marriages and divorces that occur in SC;
  • Division of Biostatistics - a statistical, epidemiological, data management and analysis unit; including two CDC funded surveillance projects, the Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS) and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS);
  • 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;

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 research conducted by the agency and others to ensure the protection of human subjects involved in research.