PhD Programs

Biosciences PhD Program

Spanning the School of Medicine and the School of Humanities and Sciences, the Biosciences PhD programs consist of 14 home programs, representing eight basic science departments and six interdisciplinary programs. Students join an initial program of interest to begin their studies, but are free to rotate across the labs of all programs to explore and pursue their research. 

The Best of Both Worlds

The unique framework of the Biosciences' home programs gives students the best of both worlds: the diversity of a large umbrella program coupled with the support of a small academic setting.

Bioengineering PhD Program

Jointly supported by the School of Engineering and the School of Medicine, the bioengineering program merges engineering principles with scientific discovery and technology to encourage the development of new medical devices and treatments.

Health Research & Policy PhD Programs

PhD in Health Policy

Stanford Health Policy, through the Department of Health Research and Policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine, offers a PhD program which promises to educate students who will be scholarly leaders in the field of health policy, and will be highly knowledgeable about the theoretical and empirical approaches that can be applied in the development of improvements in health policy and the health care system.

PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Research

The PhD program in epidemiology and clinical research will provide methodologic and interdisciplinary training that will equip students to carry out cutting-edge epidemiologic research. The program trains students in the tools of modern epidemiology, with heavy emphases on statistics, computer science, genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics.


Stanford University School of Medicine consistently ranks among the top U.S. medical schools, and faculty members routinely secure the highest amount of research funding per investigator in the country. 



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