PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Research

Course Requirements

PhD students will be required to complete a minimum of 135 units (as per university requirements), including 45 course units exclusive of HRP 236 (Epidemiology Research Seminar), HRP 299 (Directed Reading), and HRP 399 (Graduate Research).

*All courses info can be found from the Stanford Bulletin Explore Courses website.

Epidemiologic methods sequence:
HRP 225: Design and Conduct of Clinical and Epidemiologic Studies (3-4 units)
HRP 226: Advanced Epidemiologic and Clinical Research Methods (3-4 units)
HRP 251: Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials (3 units)

Biostatistics sequence:
HRP 259: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Epidemiology
HRP 261/STATS 261: Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data (3 units)

"Big Epidemiology" elective courses:

One of the following advanced quantitative courses (3 to 4 units)

  • STATS 116: Theory of Probability
  • Any 200-level STATS course (except STATS 260)
  • HRP 216: Analytical and Practical Issues in the Conduct of Clinical and Epidemiologic Research
  • HRP 262/STATS 262: Intermediate Biostatistics: Regression, Prediction, Survival Analysis
  • HRP 252: Outcomes Analysis
  • HRP 392: Analysis of Costs, Risks, and Benefits of Health Care
  • MED 206/STATS 211/HRP 206: Meta-Research

One of the following big data courses (3 to 4 units)

One of the following genetics/genomics/bioinformatics courses (3 to 4 units)

Other core courses/requirements:

  • HRP 236 all quarters: At least 6 quarters of epidemiology research seminar (6 units)
  • Med 255: Responsible Conduct of Research (1 unit)
  • Attendance at the Epidemiology Methods Workshop once per quarter (minimum twice annual attendance while in residence)
  • Attendance at one meeting of the Human Subjects Panel (Institutional Review Board)
  • Attendance at one meeting of the GCRC Protocol Review Committee
  • R Proficiency: students must show proficiency in the computing language R or must take an approved course in R

Sample PhD Program

Course

Units

Course Director

 

Year 1: Autumn Quarter (10 units)

HRP 225 Design and Conduct of Clinical and Epidemiologic Studies 3 Rita Popat
HRP 259 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Epidemiology 3 Kristin Sainani
Elective Elective 3 TBD
HRP 236 Epidemiology Research Seminar 1 Core Faculty

Year 1: Winter Quarter (10 units)

HRP 226 Intermediate Epidemiologic and Clinical Research Methods 3 Julia Simard
HRP 261 Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data 3 Kristin Sainani
Elective Elective 2 TBD
MED 255 Responsible Conduct of Research 1 Katrina Karkazis
HRP 236 Epidemiology Research Seminar 1 Core Faculty

Year 1: Spring Quarter (10 units)

HRP 251 Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials 3 Victor Henderson
HRP 252* Outcomes Analysis
*Big Epidemiology elective: advanced quantitative
3 Jay Bhattacharya
Elective Elective 3 TBD
HRP 236 Epidemiology Research Seminar 1 Core Faculty

*Milestones: Preliminary examination given after spring quarter of year 1.

Year 1: Summar Quarter (10 units)

HRP 399b Graduate Research 10 Advisor/Preceptor

 

Year 2: Autumn Quarter (10 units)

HRP 202* Data Mining and Analysis
*Big Epidemiology elective: big data
3 Jonathan Taylor
Elective Elective 3 TBD
HRP 399 Graduate Research 3 Advsior/Preceptor
HRP 236 Epidemiology Research Seminar 1 Core Faculty

*Milestones: Qualifying examination given after fall quarter of year 2 (with some flexibility in timing if needed for individual students)

 

Year 2: Winter Quarter (10 units)

GENE 224/
BIOMEDIN 224*
Principles of Pharmacogenomics
*Big Epidemiology elective: genetics/genomics/bioinformatics
3 Russ Altman
Elective Elective 3 TBD
HRP 399 Graduate Research 3 Advisor/Preceptor
HRP 236 Epidemiology Research Seminar 1 Core Faculty

Year 2: Spring Quarter (10 units)

Elective Elective 3 TBD
Elective Elective 3 TBD
Elective Elective 3 Advisor/Preceptor
HRP 236 Epidemiology Research Seminar 1 Core Faculty

Year 2: Summer Quarter (10 units)

HRP 399 Graduate Research 10 Advisor/Preceptor

*Milestones: R programming proficiency will be required by the end of year 2.

 

Year 3: Autumn-Summer Quarter (10 units)

HRP 399 Graduate Research 10 Advisor

 

Year 4: Autumn-Winter Quarter (10 units)

HRP 399 Graduate Research 10 Advisor

*Milestones: TGR 135 units.

 

Year 4 and above:

HRP 399 Dissertation 0 Advisor

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"