The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) emerged from the work and accomplishments of the South Carolina Public Health Institute (SCPHI) which began in 2007 under a collaborative partnership between the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provided support for the initial strategic planning and formation of the Public Health Institute through their Fostering Emerging Institutes Program. Participation in that program provided the needed technical assistance and developmental guidance to move the Institute toward a successful future. From 2007 through 2011 SCPHI developed further momentum as a result of a core infrastructure investment by The Duke Endowment. During that period, SCPHI also received core funding from the USC Office of Research.
In 2011, The Duke Endowment provided additional infrastructure funding to further develop the organizational capacity and mission of SCPHI by linking the work of the Public Health Institute with the vision to establish an Institute of Medicine in South Carolina. The expanded organization is now known as the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health.