Epidemiology and Clinical Research Graduate Certificate

Stanford School of Medicine

  • Graduate Certificate
  • Fee:
    Fee may apply


“From providers and patients developing treatment plans to governments creating policies affecting the lives of millions, we depend on evidence from scientific research that is rigorous, credible, and valid to make informed decisions.”—Meta-research Innovation Center at Stanford

Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data is a cornerstone of modern medicine, helping us to improve the lives of people around the planet by diagnosing, treating, and preventing human diseases. This enterprise requires multidimensional thinkers who combine statistical know-how and a strong understanding of research methods and medicine.

The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology and Clinical Research provides students the knowledge and skills essential to patient-oriented clinical research. You will learn how to critically evaluate a published paper, conduct peer review of a research manuscript or grant, develop a study protocol for an observational or clinical trial, develop an analytic approach appropriate for the proposed study, and conduct data analysis and interpret its results.

Plan your Epidemiology and Clinical Research Graduate Certificate road-map

The certificate is designed to be completed in nine months, but you may take up to three years to complete it. Courses are available during Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters:

  • Autumn Quarter: HRP 225: Introduction to Epidemiologic and Clinical Research Methods and HRP 259: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Epidemiology
  • Winter Quarter: HRP 261: Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data
  • Spring Quarter: HRP 251: Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials

Note: You do not need to enroll in the certificate to take the courses. You may enroll in any courses if you meet its prerequisites.

Who Should Apply

This graduate certificate is ideal for anybody interested in research methodology including study design and measurement, statistical analysis, and interpretation. No advanced mathematics or programming experience is necessary.

  • Data scientists interested in working in epidemiology and clinical research
  • Investigators or clinicians interested in developing a stronger understanding of statistical methods and research best practices
  • Investigators or administrators overseeing clinical trials
  • Anyone in the medical field who needs to evaluate research and data
  • Anyone looking to enter the clinical research field or attend medical or public health schools

About the Program

The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology and Clinical Research is offered by the Epidemiology division of the Health Research and Policy Department at Stanford School of Medicine—a leader in cancer epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, neuroepidemiology, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, musculoskeletal disease epidemiology, and epidemiologic methods.

You Will Learn

  • Design of epidemiologic studies
  • Statistical analysis medical applications
  • The basics of probability and statistical inference
  • Beginning and intermediate R and SAS programming
  • Theory of clinical research
  • Phases of clinical trials

Earning the Certificate

Successfully complete all four classes in this program and maintain a B or better grade average to earn a Stanford University Graduate Certificate. For HRP251 and HRP206, you must earn "credit". Students successfully completing graduate courses that are part of this program earn Stanford graduate credits that may be applied toward the Stanford Master of Science Degree program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, if admitted to the graduate degree program.

Students are encouraged to take these classes in sequence, as each class builds on the previous classes; however, we will consider students who wish to take only one class – in such cases, students may be required to demonstrate knowledge of pre-requisite material.


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Tuition is based on the number of units you take. See Graduate Course Tuition on our Tuition & Fees page for more information.

Time to Complete Certificate

On average students complete the certificate in 9 months, but students may opt for a longer period of time


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