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About the Department

Epidemiology is the study of factors that cause illness and impairment in human populations. It is the cornerstone of population health and clinical research, informing policy, prevention, disease treatment, and understanding of disease mechanisms. A central focus of epidemiology is to go beyond simple prediction to identifying risk factors likely to be causal, upon which interventions and mechanistic understanding can be reliably based.

The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (E&PH) is Stanford’s academic and organizational home for such activities, offering expertise, research, and training on study design, data collection, analysis and proper interpretation of scientific evidence to improve human health in the clinic and in the field.

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E&PH faculty member Abby King discusses the amazing community engagement work being done by Stanford's Our Voice Citizen Science Initiative & Network in the Bay Area and beyond!

E&PH Responds to COVID-19

Read about E&PH community member responses to the COVID-19 crisis, including media appearances, publications, and news stories. You can also access our COVID-19 research project pages. 

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Epidemiology Seminar Series

We hold weekly seminars featuring the research of internal and guest speakers working in the field of epidemiology every Tuesday from 1:30pm-2:50pm in Li Ka Shing Center LK120, unless otherwise noted on the program calendar.