PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Research

How to Apply

Application deadline:  Tuesday, December 8, 2020. (Applications available through Stanford Graduate Admissions in late September 2020.)
(This is the final deadline.  All applications must be submitted and all reference letters must be received by 11:59 pm on December 8, 2020.)

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 required (optional for the 20-21 application cycle).  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 for 20-21 application cycle)
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Unofficial transcripts for all college/university degrees
  • CV with relevant work and research experience


Additional notes:


All applicants are required to upload UNOFFICIAL transcripts into the graduate application.  

Stanford also requires a copy of the OFFICIAL transcript for all schools attended for a year or more for accepted students. International applicants are encouraged to use the CHESICC or Educational Perspectives option within the Stanford application for official transcripts.  

Applicants who attended U.S. institutions should NOT send any official transcripts at time of application.  Official transcripts will be requested by the department during interview season.  

Official transcripts are optional at time of application for those who attended institutions outside of the U.S.   Official transcripts will be requested by the department during interview season.

If the department requests your official transcripts, please use the following address:

Misty Mazzara
259 Campus Drive
HRP Redwood Building T152F, MC 5405
Stanford, CA 94305-5405

If your educational institution offers secure electronic certified transcript service, please use


Please also make sure that 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.

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 keep the application checklists updated.

The selection of PhD students admitted to the Department of Health Research & Policy 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 Health Research and Policy (HRP) may apply through the Stanford MSTP (MD-PhD) application process. To apply for PhDs in Health Policy or Epidemiology and Clinical Research, please indicate MD-PhD in your Stanford supplementary application, and in the research essays that you would like to be considered for one of these two programs.  Applications for these fields will be specifically reviewed by faculty within the Department of Health Research and Policy in addition to MSTP faculty. For questions and notification regarding the application process, please contact the MSTP office.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Applications:

Knight-Hennessy Scholars develops a community of future global leaders to address complex challenges through collaboration and innovation.  This year, the program will award up to 75 high-achieving students with full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford.  To be considered, you must apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by October 10, 2019, and separately to the PhD Epidemiology & Clinical Research program by December 10, 2019 (please note this is EARLIER than our regular deadline).