Epidemiology Co-terminal Master Program

The Department of Health Research and Policy offers a co-terminal Master program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research for current Stanford undergraduates. The MS entails a minimum of 45 units of course work but can require more depending upon the courses chosen and the previous training of the student; a minimum of 12 units must be applied towards the Master thesis.  The co-terminal Master of Science program follows the same program requirements as the Master of Science (Academic), except that the student is not required to take the course in Clinical Trials.  Students who desire to concentrate in a specific area, can participate in one of the track areas (Infectious Diseases, Global Health), although this is not required. To pursue a research project, the student must make arrangements with program faculty. Co-terminal students are enrolled full-time and courses are taken on campus. Graduates of this program are prepared to contribute creatively to basic or applied projects in epidemiology and clinical research.  We anticipate many will go on to PhD programs, MD degrees, or to pursue careers in public health, pharma or biotech.

Please note that co-terminal students must have at least one quarter of overlap in the undergraduate and graduate career prior to conferring their undergraduate degree.  Please see the Stanford Bulletin co-terminal page for additional details.

Application Process

Before applying to the MS Epidemiology & Clinical Research co-term program, please discuss with your advisor and please review the Stanford Co-term information at the following links:

Stanford bulletin co-term page:  http://exploredegrees.stanford.edu/cotermdegrees/

Stanford Registrar co-term page:  https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/registrar/students/coterm

Stanford Undergraduate Advising page for coterms: https://undergrad.stanford.edu/advising/coterm
(You have the option of scheduling a meeting with the Stanford Coterminal Student Advisor from this page.)

Application:

The application process for co-terms is now online through Stanford Graduate Admissions:  https://www.applyweb.com/stanterm/

In your application, please include the following items:

  • Statement of Purpose – In maximum two pages, please describe your reasons for applying to the MS Epi & Clinical Research program and please include your areas of interest.
  • Transcript - Official Stanford transcript is requested and submitted through the online application.
  • Letters of Recommendation – 3 letters of recommendation are required in the application.  Two letters should be from your current department faculty or HRP faculty and one from your academic advisor.
  • CV/Resume – Please include a copy of your resume in your application.
  • GRE Scores – GRE scores are recommended but not required for co-term applications (but may be requested by the admissions committee for students who have relatively little prior coursework in quantitative courses).  If you have taken the GRE, please include your scores in the application.  For those reporting GRE scores, official test scores must be reported directly to Stanford from Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Stanford’s ETS institutional code is 4704; an individual department code number is not necessary.  Please be sure to list Stanford University as a Score Recipient in addition to listing it as your Graduate Institution (GI).

Application Deadlines:

The MS Epidemiology & Clinical Research program will only matriculate students into the Autumn quarter terms.  The deadline to apply for the coterm program is February 5, 2019*

*This is the FINAL DEADLINE and all application materials, including letters of recommendation, should be received by the department by this date.

Decision & Acceptances:

Applicants can expect to receive a decision by May 15, 2019.

Please note that the MS Epidemiology and Clinical Research program does not permit coterm deferrals.

Note:  

MS Epidemiology & Clinical Research coterminal students may transfer courses to the MS program going back to Autumn quarter of student's sophomore year.

Example pathway

Autumn Winter Spring
Year 4
Course Unit Course Unit Course Unit
HRP 259: Intro to Probability and statistics for epidemiology 5 HRP 261: Intermediate biostatistics: discrete data 3 HRP 262: Intermediate biostatistics: regression 3
Undergrad courses 7+ HRP 236 Epi research seminar 1 HRP 236 Epi research seminar
1
    Undergrad courses 8+ Undergrad courses   8+
Year 5
HRP 225: Design and conduct of clinical epidemiology studies
4 HRP 226: Advanced epidemiology methods
3 Master Thesis
6
HRP 223:  Data management and statistical programming 2 HRP 236 Epi research seminar 1 Elective 3
Med 255:  Responsible Conduct of Research 1 Master Thesis 6 Undergrad courses 3+
Elective x2 5 Undergrad courses
2+    

Example Pathway (ID track)

Autumn Winter Spring
Year 4
Course Unit Course Unit Course Unit
HRP 259: Intro to Probability and statistics for epidemiology 5
HRP 261: Intermediate biostatistics: discrete data 3 HRP 262: Intermediate biostatistics: regression 3
HRP 236 Epi research seminar
1
HRP 236 Epi research seminar 1 HRP 231: ID Epidemiology 3
Undergrad courses 6+ Undergrad courses 8+ Undergrad courses   6+
Year 5
HRP 225: Design and conduct of clinical epidemiology studies
4 HRP 226: Advanced epidemiology methods
3 Master Thesis
6
HRP 223:  Data management and statistical programming 2 HRP 236 Epi research seminar 1 ID elective 3
Med 255:  Responsible Conduct of Research 1 HRP xxx: ID modeling 3 Undergrad courses 3+
ID elective 2+
Master Thesis
6+    
Undergrad courses
2+        

Funding Sources

Access to financial aid and other options for co-terminal students depends on the number of units and quarters as a registered student at Stanford. Co-terminal students have full access to undergraduate sources of financial aid until their twelfth quarter or four years of study. Co-terminal students who have completed 180 units of are eligible for University fellowships and assistantships. However, many federal and private fellowships and assistantships are awarded only to students who have received the bachelor’s degree. Even after the conferral of the bachelor’s degree, there is no guarantee that a co-terminal student will be awarded financial support via a RA-ship, TA-ship or fellowship.

Coterms may choose to obtain their bachelors degree early after completion of requirements. However, all classes after conferral of the degree may only be counted towards the graduate degree. Please note, part of the strategy that allows coterms maximal flexibility in their course of study is their dual status as both undergraduates and graduate students.

Student/Alum Publications and awards

Dec 2017: Congratulations Ph.D. candidate, Stelios Serghiou, for being awarded the David Sackett Young Investigator Award 2017 by the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology for his paper on Field-wide meta-analyses!
"Field-wide meta-analyses of observational associations can map selective availability of risk factors and the impact of model specifications"

Nov 2017: Congrats to recent Ph.D. grad, Andrew Goldstone, on his recent publication with NEJM! Keep up the fantastic work!
"Mechanical or Biologic Prostheses for Aortic-Valve and Mitral-Valve Replacement"

July 2017: Congrats to MD/Ph.D. candidate, Nathan Lo, on his publication!
"Public Health and Economic Consequences of Vaccine Hesitancy for Measles in the United States"

April 2017: Congrats to Ph.D. candidate, Katherine Holsteen, for writing a competitive grant for the Center for Digital Health!

March 2017: Congrats Ph.D. candidate and guest speaker, Nathan Lo, for giving a talk in London for the Gates Neglected Tropical Disease Modeling Consortium meeting. Talk title: "Strengthening guidelines for helminths and NTDs: applications of cost-effectiveness analysis”

February 2017: Congrats Ph.D. candidate, Nathan Lo, for his publication in NEJM
"The Perils of Trumping Science in Global Health — The Mexico City Policy and Beyond"