PhD in Health Policy

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I have questions about the program (structure, focus, research opportunities, etc.). Who should I contact?

Please contact Dr. Corinna Haberland - corinnah@stanford.edu.  For questions related to the application process, please email the HRP education program manager HRPadmissions@stanford.edu

Q. Do I need to identify and connect with a mentor before or during my application?

No, advisors will be assigned to accepted students shortly before the start of their first quarter.

Q. I was unable to get a GRE test date early enough to guarantee that my scores will be submitted by the application deadline. Can they be submitted after that date?

We understand that sometimes scheduling conflicts can result in later-than-desirable GRE test dates. As long as the GRE exam is taken before the application deadline, scores will be accepted up to 3 weeks after the deadline date. However, an applicant's exam results are an integral part of her/his application and receiving GRE scores after the application deadline could make an accurate assessment of an application difficult.

Q:  Can my letters of recommendation arrive after the deadline?

The deadline is provided to you as a final deadline.  All letters must be received and all letters must be filed through Stanford Graduate Admissions by 11:59 pm on the deadline.  

The exception to this rule is official GRE scores from ETS.  The scores can take up to two weeks to match in the system and we will process and review your application without official ETS scores ONLY IF you have included self-reported GRE scores in the application.  

Q:  Can I submit my World Education Services (WES) transcripts?

Credential evaluations submitted by WES/other international credential service providers do not fulfill the offiical transcript requirement.  We recommend that you use the options within the application.  You can also find more information and guidance at the Stanford Graduate Admissions page for international applicants.

Q:  What is included in the offer of admission?

The offer of admission includes stipend, health and dental insurance, and graduate tuition.  The stipend and benefits for each academic year are set in early March of the year before.

Q:  What are the minimum GPA and GRE/TOEFL scores for your program?

There are no minimum GPA or GRE General Test scores to be considered for admission to our program.  GRE details and TOEFL minimum requirements are provide by Stanford University on the Graduate Admissions webpage.

Q:  Can I get my application fee waived?

Fee waivers are offered through the School of Medicine PhD programs.  We recommend that you review the fee waiver information on the Graduate Admissions website to see if you are eligible.  Fee waiver requests must be submitted 21 days before the application deadline.

Q:  How long should my statement of purpose be and what should it include?

Your statement of purpose should not exceed two pages in length, single-spaced.  Make sure to set your computer to Western Euorpean or other English-language setting.  We cannot guarantee the ability to access your statement if submitted in other fonts.  Please make sure to include which track you are applying for (Decision Sciences OR Health Economics) and please include policy area(s) of interest.

Q:  Can my recommenders mail in their letters of recommendation?

All recommendations must be submitted using the online application system.  As part of the online application, you will be required to submit the names and contact information, including email addresses, of your recommenders.  Recommenders will receive an email with instructions on how to proceed.  Letters of recommendation should not be emailed or faxed.