All of our HumBio courses are continuing to be taught remotely. The Program in Human Biology team continues to operate in a virtual format and is available via email, phone, and social media.

Health and safety updates will be posted to Stanford University's health alerts page as they unfold.

HumBio Opportunities

Human Biology offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human beings from biological, behavioral, social, and cultural perspectives.

Science Communication

Because Human Biology is an interdisciplinary program with an emphasis on both empirical inquiry and applied knowledge, excellent communication skills are critical to majors.

Data Literacy

Data in the social and biological sciences are used to make observations and judgments regarding patterns of human behavior and function. These data are sometimes imperfect or incomplete, but are used nevertheless to make decisions and policies. 

Scientific Literacy

Human Biology students learn to critically evaluate evidence in support of claims and write for a range of audiences, from peer-reviewed research journals to more popular science journalism.


The Human Biology Capstone gives students a chance to reflect upon their undergraduate career alongside their broader interests and values. 

Director's Message

Dear HumBio Students, Faculty and Friends,

First, I hope that you are all healthy and well - and that your families and friends are too.

The challenges continue apace. But I would still like to wish you all joy and peace and good health from the bottom of my heart. One thing that has sustained us here in Human Biology has been our terrific community of students, staff, faculty, and alumni. We are so fortunate to have each other.

So with the new year upon us and kicking off the start of winter quarter, I'd just like to take a moment to say thank you to you all - HumBio alums, current students, staff, and faculty. For your help, your words of encouragement, and for your goodness to one another. As a hopefully bright diversion, Human Biology is celebrating 50 incredible years this year! 50 and fabulous, friends. Keep an eye on our 50th tab here on our website for exciting virtual events we'll be hosting.

The Program in Human Biology staff continues to operate in a virtual format and we are available via email, phone, and social media. As always, please feel free to reach out to any member of the Human Biology team, myself included - we’re always happy to talk with you.

Sending so many good wishes to you all! Stay safe and careful - but always connected too (if only virtually) to friends and family and to us, your HumBio home.

Lianne Kurina, PhD

Bing Director, Program in Human Biology



Congratulations to Dr. William Talbot who was recently awarded the 2020 Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award for Contributions to Stanford University.
Congratulations to John Okhiulu '21 who was awarded the Tom Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy. Fellows will work 11 months at any U.S.
Congratulations to Ella Donaghu '21 who was named the 2020-21 Pac-12 Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year on March 5, 2021.


Wednesday, April 21, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:20 pm
Speaker: Subini Annamamma

Subini Annamma is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Her research critically examines the ways…

Thursday, April 29, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

On Thursday, April 29th at 5:00pm PST, join us for a discussion of the question - Is there one diet at the intersection of food security, human…

Thursday, May 6, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 Director Lianne Kurina will be hosting Game Time in Weeks 3, 6, and 8 of spring quarter (04/15, 05/06, 05/20)…