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CHPR is designed for students pursuing health-related careers focusing on chronic disease prevention, health and wellness promotion, and the pursuit of health equity.

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.

Degrees Offered

  • Coterm

More Information

Learn more about Community Health and Prevention Research in the Stanford Bulletin

Exploratory Courses

CHPR 206

Meta-research: Appraising Research Findings, Bias, and Meta-analysis (EPI 206, MED 206, STATS 211)

CHPR 228

Theoretical Foundations and Design of Behavioral Intervention Trials

CHPR 240

Prevention Research: the Science of Healthy Living

CHPR 247

Methods in Community Assessment, Evaluation, and Research (MED 147, MED 247)

Related Links

The Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) website

SPRC Education Programs Facebook Page