Admissions: External Applicants

External applicants: The application cycle for Autumn 2017-18 program entry is now closed. Applications for academic year 2018-2019 (September 2018-June 2019) will be available in mid-September 2017.

Stanford fellows on T-32 (or similar) grants: Post docs are eligible to apply on a rolling admission basis to start the program autumn quarter. Please contact TO Preising for more information on how to apply.

Application timeline for Knight-Hennessy Scholarship (KHS) candidates: The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program awards up to 100 high-achieving students every year with full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford, including the MS in CHPR. To be considered for a Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, you must apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by September 27, 2017, and separately apply to the CHPR program by November 6, 2017 for admission to the program beginning Autumn quarter, September 2018.   

Due to applications to KH Scholars being due in the fall, we offer an earlier admission review for CHPR for KH Scholar candidates only. CHPR does not offer rolling admissions, and all other applications are due in January.

Eligibility for all applicants: To be eligible for admission to a graduate program at Stanford, applicants must meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or
  2. Completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. Please see the minimum international education requirements.

Please note that adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. International students enrolled at Stanford must be able to read English with ease, understand rapid idiomatic English as used in lectures and group discussions, and express thoughts quickly and clearly in spoken and written English. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit a recent official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Stanford accepts only ETS (Educational Testing Service) scores. U.S. citizenship does not automatically exempt an applicant from taking the TOEFL if the applicant’s first language is not English. For guidance on English profiency, see the Office of Graduate Admissions webpage International Applicants- English Proficiency and  Exam Requirements for International Applicants.

Required Application Materials: Instructions about submitting these application materials are found within Stanford’s online application.

  • 3 letters of recommendation
    • At least one letter of recommendation should be from a faculty member at the last school you attended as a full-time student (unless you have been out of school for more than five years)
  • GRE scores (valid MCAT or DAT scores may be submitted in lieu of GRE scores)
  • TOEFL scores (if necessary)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages, 1 inch margins, 12 point font, single spaced)
    • The Statement of Purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at Stanford, your preparation for this field of study, research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.
  • Official transcript(s) from all postsecondary institutions you have attended as a full-time student for one year (i.e. three quarters or two semesters) or longer.
    • You must upload one scanned version of your official transcript(s) in the online application AND instruct your institution to send an official copy to the Community Health and Prevention Research Master's program within the Department of Medicine (see below for address). We cannot accept transcripts that are not sent to us directly from your post secondary institution or its secure electronic transcript transfer service.
  • $125 application fee

How to Apply

  1. Thoroughly review the information on our website (including the FAQ page) and familiarize yourself with the information provided on Stanford’s Office of Graduate Admissions website.
  2. Complete the online application at the Stanford Office of Graduate Admissions website. The application will be available mid-September each year.
  3. Direct your previous postsecondary institutions(s) to mail or snail mail one copy of your transcript(s) to the Stanford Prevention Research Center (address listed below). We can only accept official transcripts directly from your institution or its secure electronic transcript service.
  4. Ensure you’ve completed and submitted all the “Required Application Materials” described above by the application deadline.

Stanford Prevention Research Center Address

You must submit your transcripts by the application deadline via one of two methods:

  1. Email official transcripts to the below email address:
    TO Preising, J.D., MAEd
    Assistant Director of Operations
    Stanford Prevention Research Center Education Programs
    preising@stanford.edu
  2. Snail mail official transcripts to the below address:
    TO Preising, SPRC Education Programs
    Medical School Office Building (MSOB)
    1265 Welch Road, #X3C30
    Stanford, CA 94305