PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Research

How to Apply

Application deadline for Autumn 2018-19:  Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
(This is the application deadline – transcripts can continue to arrive for a day or two after the deadline if necessary.)

Please submit your application through the Stanford Graduate Admissions website by clicking on “APPLY NOW.”

Applications are evaluated based on the applicant’s commitment to and aptitude for a career in epidemiology as demonstrated via transcripts, statement of purpose, relevant work and research experience, and letters of recommendation.  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.  Applicants from non-English speaking countries should provide evidence of competence in English on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Required Supporting Documents (to be submitted in the Stanford Graduate Admissions Application):

  • Statement of Purpose that includes area(s) of interest
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE General Test scores
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Unofficial transcripts for all college/university degrees
  • CV with relevant work and research experience


Additional notes:


Applicants are required to upload UNOFFICIAL transcripts into the graduate application.  

Stanford also requires TWO copies of OFFICIAL transcripts for all schools attended for a year or more for accepted students. International applicants are encouraged to use the CHESICC or Educational Perspectives option within the Stanford application for official transcripts.  

Students who attended U.S. institutions should NOT send any official transcripts to the department unless requested by the department during interview season.  If the department requests your official transcripts, please use the following address:

Misty Mazzara
259 Campus Drive
HRP Redwood Building T152F, MC 5405
Stanford, CA 94305-5405

If your educational institution offers secure electronic certified transcript service, please use (only one transcript required from each school if electronic).


Please also make sure that you route your GRE scores (and TOEFL scores if applicable) directly to Stanford from ETS.  Our university code is 4704. Department code is not required. Please do add your self-report scores to the application but GRE and TOEFL scores are not considered official until received electronically from ETS.

It is in your best interest to start your application as early as possible.  This will allow for timely notification to your reference letter writers.

Additional information regarding Stanford policies and procedures for graduate applications can be found on the Stanford Graduate Admissions website


Additional information for international applicants can be found at the following link:

Application Status Inquiries:

Applicants are able to view their status on their Apply Web status page by logging back into their application.  The department administrative staff will do their best to keep the application checklists updated.

The selection of PhD students admitted to the Department of Health Research & Policy is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but not limited to) the applicant's academic record, the letters of recommendation, the scores on the General GRE (Graduate Record Examination), the statement of purpose, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.

MSTP Inquiries:

Students interested in programs within the School of Medicine Department of Health Research and Policy (HRP) may apply through the Stanford MSTP (MD-PhD) application process. To apply for PhDs in Health Policy or Epidemiology and Clinical Research, please indicate MD-PhD in your Stanford supplementary application, and in the research essays that you would like to be considered for one of these two HRP programs.  In addition, please notify both the MSTP office and the Health Research and Policy office of your MD-PhD application to these HRP PhD programs. Applications for these HRP fields will be specifically reviewed by faculty within the Department of Health Research and Policy in addition to MSTP faculty. For questions and notification regarding the application process, please contact the HRP office and the MSTP office.

Student/Alum Publications and awards

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"

Sept 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"

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"