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Community Health and Prevention Research

What You'll Study

The Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) within the Department of Medicine offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Community Health and Prevention Research (CHPR). The M.S. in CHPR is available to external applicants, to current Stanford undergraduates (who must complete the M.S. as a coterminal master’s program), and to current graduate students at Stanford. 

The purpose of the M.S. in CHPR is to:

  • Engage students from a range of backgrounds in didactic and experiential learning opportunities with the goal of gaining an in-depth understanding of community health and prevention research applications in diverse practice settings

  • Prepare future public health professionals to responsibly and effectively address health challenges faced by diverse communities across the life course.

In the M.S. in CHPR, students:

  • Study patterns of chronic diseases in diverse communities and settings and examine how prevention can optimize health and promote health equity at the individual, family, community, and population level

  • Critically interpret and evaluate research on community health and prevention

  • Become involved in research teams that encourage health equity promotion and social responsibility

  • Gain and hone methodological skills including research study design, study implementation, and data analysis related to community health and prevention research

  • Utilize translational research and applied science in a community-based research internship with the expectation that they design, implement, and assess health and wellness solutions addressing preventable community health challenges

  • Complete a master’s thesis.
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