PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Research



Please submit your application through the Stanford Graduate Admissions website by clicking on “APPLY NOW.” 

Applications are evaluated based on the applicant’s commitment to and aptitude for a career in epidemiology as demonstrated via transcripts, statement of purpose, relevant work and research experience, and letters of recommendation.  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional.  Applicants from non-English speaking countries should provide evidence of competence in English on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). (For additional information on Stanford University requirements regarding TOEFL, please visit the Stanford Graduate Admissions website page related to tests.)

Required Supporting Documents (to be submitted in the Stanford Graduate Admissions Application):

  • Statement of Purpose that includes area(s) of interest
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE General Test scores (optional)
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Unofficial transcripts for all college/university degrees
  • CV with relevant work and research experience


Additional notes:

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program provides up to three years of funding and valuable leadership skills to selected participants. Learn more at the bottom of this page.


Please ensure you upload a copy of the unofficial transcript for every school attended into your application. 

NEW:  Official transcripts (direct from institution) are no longer required at time of application.  If admitted, you must provide official transcripts to Stanford Graduate Admissions for review and verification.  Any offer of admission is contingent upon authentication of official transcripts submitted directly to Graduate Admissions. (Instructions provided to admitted students.)

GRE SCORES (optional) and TOEFL:

Please also ensure you route your GRE scores (and TOEFL scores if applicable) directly to Stanford from ETS.  Our university code is 4704. Department code is not required. Please do add your self-report scores to the application but GRE and TOEFL scores are not considered official until received electronically from ETS.

*Although GRE scores are optional, the test is still highly encouraged.  Stanford is accepting the GRE at-home test for those impacted by COVID.

IELTS scores are not accepted by Stanford.  TOEFL scores are required for international applicants.  Additional guidance for international applicants can be found here.  

It is in your best interest to start your application as early as possible.  This will allow for timely notification to your reference letter writers.

Additional information regarding Stanford policies and procedures for graduate applications can be found on the Stanford Graduate Admissions website


Additional information for international applicants can be found at the following link:

Application Status Inquiries:

Applicants are able to view their status on their Apply Web status page by logging back into their application.  The department administrative staff will do their best to update the application checklists.

The selection of PhD students admitted to the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but not limited to) the applicant's academic record, the letters of recommendation, the scores on the General GRE (Graduate Record Examination), the statement of purpose, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments.

Admission Decisions:

Admission decisions will be communicated by mid-April of each admissions cycle.

MSTP Inquiries:

Students interested in programs within the School of Medicine Department of Epidemiology & Population Health may apply through the Stanford MSTP (MD-PhD) application process. To apply for PhD Epidemiology and Clinical Research, please indicate MD-PhD in your Stanford supplementary application and the research essays you would like to be considered for this program.  Applications for these fields will be specifically reviewed by faculty within the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health in addition to MSTP faculty. For questions and notifications regarding the application process, please contact the MSTP office.