The medical school also offers these related graduate programs:
Master of Science Degree in Health Policy:
Most students admitted to this program have an MD (or comparable advanced degree) and are in in the fellowship stages of their training, or are current medical students or have worked in a health care related field. The program provides advanced students with the skills to conduct independent research in health policy. MS students must satisfy a concentration requirement in one of four content areas: empirical methods, clinical decision-making, health policy, or implementation science. The MS program is typically completed in two years of study in residence.
PhD in Health Policy:
Stanford Health Policy, through the Department of Health Research and Policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine, offers a PhD program which promises to educate students who will be scholarly leaders in the field of health policy, and will be highly knowledgeable about the theoretical and empirical approaches that can be applied in the development of improvements in health policy and the health care system. The curriculum offers courses across a wide range of health policy areas including health economics, health insurance and government program operation, health financing, international health policy and economic development, cost-effectiveness analysis and the evaluation of new technologies, relevant statistical and methodological approaches, and health policy issues related to public health concerns like obesity and chronic disease. In addition to taking a set of core courses, students are expected to complete coursework in one of two tracks:
- Health Economics - including the economic behavior of individuals, providers, insurers, and governments and how their actions affect health and medical care, or
- Decision Sciences - with quantitative techniques to assess the effectiveness and value of medical treatments and for decision making about medical care at the individual and/or collective level.
Biomedical Informatics is an interdisciplinary graduate and postdoctoral training program, part of the Biosciences Program at Stanford University's School of Medicine. It combines ideas from computer science and quantitative disciplines (statistics, decision science) to solving challenging problems in biology and medicine. Applicants enter our program with many different backgrounds, so the program is designed to be flexible. This center runs a PhD program; an Academic (Research) MS for postdoctoral trainees; an Honors Cooperative Program (Professional Masters) MS; a part-time distance education program; and a coterminal MS for Stanford undergraduates.
Masters of Medicine (MOM) provides Stanford University PhD candidates serious exposure to clinical medicine with a view to fostering translational research. Students who pursue the MS in Medicine while engaged in their doctoral programs will be highly knowledgeable about human biology and disease, and thus more able to translate scientific discoveries into useful medical advances.
Masters of Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling is a program that trains students to understand the molecular, clinical and psychological implications of differences in the human genome, and to translate these intricacies to health care professionals, laboratory researchers and patients/families. Graduates of this program will be eligible for board certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. In addition to these degrees available directly through the School of Medicine, Stanford MD students may also pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at UC Berkeley through our MD/MPH dual degree program.
Masters of Public Health (dual MD/MPH; MPH from UC Berkeley) with two possible concentration tracks.
- A Scholarly Concentration in Health Services and Policy Research focuses on the methodological tools of health services and outcomes research, including meta-analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, outcomes research and quality of care measurement and evaluation. Students will become familiar with major U.S. health-care institutions, such as managed care, integrated delivery systems and government programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
- Stanford MD students enrolled in the Scholarly Concentration in Community Health can apply for the collaborative MD-MPH Program with the University of California, Berkeley, designed to train medical students to be effective physician scholars and public health leaders. The program allows students to integrate their year of training at Berkeley with the community-based work begun at Stanford, and to complete original research that fulfills requirements for both degrees.