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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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We have released a new E&PH Spotlight Interview with our Communications & Public Relations Manager, Katie Kanagawa, PhD, MA. Katie discusses her work managing internal and external messaging and communications across various channels, including websites, social media, listservs and School of Medicine/University publications, her early love of stories, and how she likes to spend her free time. 

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." 

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Access Winter 2022 Courses

  • EPI 202: R Fundamentals for Health Research 
  • EPI 206: Meta-research: Appraising Research Findings, Bias, and Meta-analysis
  • EPI 214: Scientific Writing
  • EPI 219: Evaluating Technologies for Diagnosis, Prediction and Screening
  • EPI 224: Genetic Epidemiology
  • EPI 226: Intermediate Epidemiologic and Clinical Research Methods
  • EPI 229: Stanford CTSA Scholars Seminar
  • EPI 231: Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • EPI 236: Epidemiology Research Seminar
  • EPI 237: Practical Approaches to Global Health Research
  • EPI 238: Genes and Environment in Disease Causation: Implications for Medicine and Public Health
  • EPI 239: Applications of Causal Inference Methods
  • EPI 244: Developing Measurement Tools for Health Research
  • EPI 250: Understanding Evidence-Based Medicine: Hands-on experience
  • EPI 261: Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data
  • EPI 263: Social Epidemiology
  • EPI 272: The Science of Community Engagement in Health Research
  • EPI 273: Essentials of Clinical Research at Stanford
  • EPI 297: History of Epidemiology