Epidemiology and Clinical Research Graduate Certificate

Stanford School of Medicine

  • Graduate Certificate
  • Fee:
    Fee may apply



The Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology and Clinical Research is now 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.

Classes in this program – accessible to students worldwide via online learning – provide students the knowledge and skills essential to patient-oriented clinical research, including epidemiologic methods and statistical analysis, specifically introductory and intermediate coding in R and SAS.

Classes are offered throughout the academic year as follows:

  • In Autumn Quarter, students take both HRP 225: Design and Conduct of Clinical and Epidemiologic Studies and HRP 259: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Epidemiology
  • In Winter Quarter, we offer HRP 261: Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data
  • In Spring Quarter, we offer HRP 251: Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials

Instructors for Certificate Courses

  • Kristin Sainani, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Health Research and Policy
  • Rita Popat, PhD, MS, Clinical Associate Professor, of Health Research and Policy
  • Victor Henderson, MD, MS, Professor of Health Research and Policy and of Neurology

Who Should Apply

  • Investigators with an MD or comparable clinical degree
  • Applicants from doctoral programs in the social, behavioral or biological sciences, who wish to apply epidemiologic techniques in their areas of research interest
  • Applicants with baccalaureate degrees who anticipate careers in clinical epidemiology or medicine

You Will Learn

  • Design of epidemiologic studies
  • Statistical analysis medical applications
  • 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. 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.


To pursue a graduate certificate, prospective students must apply.


$15,120 (12 units) to complete the certificate

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Time to Complete Certificate

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