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About the Department

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution, determinants and control of illness and impairment in human populations. It is the cornerstone of population health, and informs policy decisions and evidence-based medicine by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for treatment and  prevention. The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (E&PH) provides the analytical foundation for research conducted at the Stanford School of Medicine, offering expertise, research, and training on collecting and interpreting the scientific evidence essential to improving human health. 

The scholars within E&PH conduct a wide variety of health-related research. Using both observational and experimental research methods our scholars uncover environmental, social, genetic and behavioral factors to aid in human disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Further, the faculty train physician investigators in techniques of clinical research and are committed to advancing knowledge in epidemiology and population health through educational programs for undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students. 

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In the Spotlight

We have released a new E&PH Spotlight Interview with Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health, Jade Benjamin-Chung, PhD, MPH. Dr. Benjamin-Chung discusses her research on infectious disease interventions, offers advice to students and other researchers, and tells us how she likes to spend her "free time." 

In the Spotlight

We have released an E&PH Spotlight Interview with Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health and of Biomedical Data Science, John Witte, PhD, MS. Dr. Witte tells a little about himself, including how he became a genetic epidemiologist and what he will be working on in the E&PH Department.

Access Autumn 2021 Courses

  • EPI 223: Introduction to Data Management and Analysis in SAS
  • EPI 225: Introduction to Epidemiologic and Clinical Research Methods
  • EPI 227: Advanced Epidemiologic Methods
  • EPI 229: Stanford CTSA Scholars Seminar
  • EPI 236: Epidemiology Research Seminar
  • EPI 245: Intensive Course in Clinical Research
  • EPI 247: Epidemic Intelligence: How to Identify, Investigate and Interrupt Outbreaks of Disease (HUMBIO 57)
  • EPI 259: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Epidemiology (HUMBIO 89X)
  • EPI 264: Foundations of Statistical and Scientific Inference (STATS 264)