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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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In the Spotlight

We have released a new 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.

In the Spotlight

We have released a new E&PH Spotlight Interview with Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health and of Medicine, Alyce S. Adams. In a short video and written interview, Dr. Adams discusses her important work on chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, her exciting role as the Director of Stanford Cancer Institute’s new Office of Cancer Health Equity and Community Engagement (CHECE), and more. 

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Access Spring 2021 Courses

  • EPI 202: R Fundamentals for Health Research (CHPR 202)
  • EPI 216: Analytical and Practical Issues in the Conduct of Clinical and Epidemiologic Research
  • EPI 220: Deploying and Evaluating Fair AI in Healthcare (BIOMEDIN 223)
  • EPI 229: Stanford CTSA Scholars Seminar
  • EPI 236: Epidemiology Research Seminar
  • EPI 251: Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
  • EPI 253: Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
  • EPI 258: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Clinical Research
  • EPI 262: Intermediate Biostatistics: Regression, Prediction, Survival Analysis (STATS 262)
  • EPI 270: Big Data Methods for Behavioral, Social, and Population Health Research
  • EPI 292: Advanced Statistical Methods for Observational Studies (CHPR 266, EDUC 260B, STATS 266)