Master's of Science Degree in
Epidemiology and Clinical Research


The Master of Science program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research provides students with the skills essential to patient-oriented clinical research, including epidemiologic methods and statistical analysis.

Many students are clinical investigators with an MD or comparable clinical degree, often in fellowship stages of their training or already junior faculty members. The program also considers applicants from doctoral programs in the social, behavioral, or biological sciences who are interested in a concurrent Master’s degree and wish to apply epidemiologic techniques in their areas of research interest. The program also serves as a graduate starting point for students with baccalaureate degrees who anticipate careers in epidemiology, clinical research, medicine, or population health.

The MS program is typically completed in two years (five to six quarters). All candidates must satisfactorily complete 45 units of graduate course work with a 3.0 (B) or better, as well as a Master’s thesis, usually based on original research related to epidemiology. 

In addition to satisfying the core course requirements, students must take additional electives in their area of concentration.

Please note that the MS Epidemiology program is full-time (8-10 units/quarter) and requires students to be on campus for in-person courses.

Learn more about our MS program

We are EPH: Meet Giorgio Camillo Ricciardiello Mejia

Giorgio is an EPH MS student and also serves as a research assistant at the Mignot Laboratory. Giorgio completed a BSc at the Universita Degli Studi Di Genova and pursued an MSc at Denmark Technical University, before coming to Stanford. Driven by an unyielding curiosity and a profound passion for research, Giorgio aims to offer automated solutions in the healthcare sector. Giorgio ultimately hopes to transform the way sleep physicians diagnose and treat patients, paving the way for improved healthcare practices.

Read the Q&A with Giorgio 


The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health is committed to fostering a diverse community in which all individuals are welcomed, respected, and supported to achieve their full potential.  

Stanford recognizes that the Supreme Court issued a ruling in June 2023 about the consideration of certain types of demographic information as part of an admission review. All applications submitted during upcoming application cycles will be reviewed in conformance with that decision.

The Department of Epidemiogy and Population Health welcomes graduate applications from individuals with a broad range of life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds who would contribute to our community of scholars. The review process is holistic and individualized, considering each applicant’s academic record and accomplishments, letters of recommendation, prior research experience, and admissions essays to understand how an applicant’s life experiences have shaped their past and potential contributions to their field and how they might enrich the learning community at Stanford.