PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Research


The PhD program in epidemiology and clinical research provides methodologic and interdisciplinary training to equip students to carry out cutting-edge epidemiologic research. The program trains students in the tools of modern epidemiology, with heavy emphasis on statistics, computer science, genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics. We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds.

Pre-Application Sessions and Recordings

We are EPH: Meet Sam Jaros

Sam Jaros is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health. His current research and thesis projects are focused on finding actionable patterns in opioid addiction to better spend limited public health resources on improving care. Sam developed a passion for improving care for opioid addiction while working in Appalachia in previous mining towns. 

Read the Q&A with Sam


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.