Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology and Clinical Research


4 courses required

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.

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.

Classes are recommended for:

  • 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


Subject matter covered includes:

  • Design of epidemiologic studies
  • Statistical analysis medical applications
  • Theory of clinical research
  • Phases of clinical trials

Classes are offered throughout the academic year as follows:

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

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Online classes are offered through the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD), and students enroll in these classes as Non-Degree Option (NDO) students. Enrollment as an NDO student does not guarantee admission into a Stanford master degree program. These courses cannot be taken for Continuing Medical Education credits. To learn more, fill out the form on this page, and a representative will contact you. For questions regarding online programs, please contact SCPD Student and Client Services at scpd-gradstudents@stanford.edu.

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