MS students in the Graduate Program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research have two mentors. Upon entering the program, each student is assigned a methodology mentor, usually a core faculty member serving on the Steering Committee. In addition, the student will be asked to identify a research mentor. For physicians, this mentor is usually from the discipline of the student’s clinical affiliation. For all students, research mentors are typically members of the Stanford University professoriate, but they need not be currently designated as core or affiliated faculty in the Graduate Program in Epidemiology. For example, physicians who maintain an affiliation with another university can often arrange to include a research mentor from the other university if the student’s research takes place, in part, at that university. If the research mentor is from the Department of Health Research and Policy, then the same faculty member may serve as both methodology and research mentor, with permission of the program director.
The methodology mentor serves as the student’s Academic Advisor and is responsible for advising in the selection of courses, approving a thesis research topic, monitoring the student’s progress through the program, and helping with other program-related issues that may arise. If a student’s thesis research requires additional expertise that is not covered by those of the methodology or research mentors (e.g., outcomes research or advanced statistical methods), a third mentor may be appointed with approval of the methodology mentor.