Health Research and Policy

Health Research and Policy
Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research

The Health Research and Policy (HRP) department provides the analytical foundation for research conducted at the Stanford School of Medicine, offering expertise, research, and training on collecting and interpreting the scientific evidence essential to improving human health.

Located within walking distance of Stanford's world-class medical school, hospitals and Science and Engineering school, HRP is physically and intellectually at the epicenter of most exciting analytical challenges that medicine will face in the coming decade.

The 300 million-plus people in the U.S. will need more effective, safe and affordable health care in order for the country to thrive in the years to come. Individuals may each carry with them all the information they need to lead healthy, productive lives their genetic code, their medical records, their behaviors as tracked by electronic devices yet today this data is largely inaccessible or unusable. It requires a special breed of analytical, multidimensional thinker out-of-the-box problem-solvers who can extract, bring meaning to, and motivate people to act on this medical information.

Stanford's Health Research and Policy department, immersed in the Silicon Valley culture of innovation and over 260 days of sunshine a year, provides an incubator for those who are motivated to address these challenges.

The scholars within HRP's divisions conduct a wide variety of health-related research, but they are particularly proud of their contributions to society in these areas:

HRP offers two Masters of Science programs, one in Epidemiology & Clinical Research and the other in Health Services Research. Students interested in Biostatistics are encouraged to pursue a MS or PhD within the Department of Statistics in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Biostatistics has also launched a new Biostatistics PhD Training Program in Personalized Medicine, in partnership with Statistics. Taught by many of the HRP faculty, the medical school also offers a Masters of Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling and Masters and a PhD degree in Biomedical Informatics (BMI).

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