Comparative Health Sciences Graduate Program


Students enrolled in the MS degree will complete a total of 45 graduate credits, including
12 thesis credits. Students enrolled in the PhD degree will complete a total of 108
graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s or professional (DVM, MD) degree.

In Year 1 of the PhD program, students will be required to complete three
laboratory rotations (organized under a course titled “Research Perspectives”) that will
provide an opportunity to experience several research environments and investigators that
they may consider for their thesis research. These rotations will run congruently with
academic quarters. In addition, all students will be expected to complete the following
program core curriculum, including all required courses and a selection of at least two of
the listed electives, for a total of 12 credits:

Required core courses that should be taken during year 1 

  • VMB 501 Research Perspectives Lab Rotations (3)
  • ST 511 Methods of Data Analysis (4)
  • GRAD 520 Responsible Conduct of Research (1)
  • MCB 525 Molecular and Cellular Biology Techniques (3)
  • VMB 669 Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing (1)
  • VMB 607 Seminar (1)

Elective courses relevant to the thesis research from the VMB listing or other programs agreed by the thesis committee. 

  • VMB 521 Animal Models (3)
  • VMB 523 Zoonoses (3)
  • BB 485/585 Applied Bioinformatics (3)
  • BI 595 Disease Ecology (3)
  • VMB 630 Mechanisms of Disease (3)
  • VMB 631 Mathematical Modeling (3)
    • VMB 673 Comparative Immunology (3)
    • VMB 670 Systems Biology & Bioinformatics (1)
    • VMB 671 Molecular Tools (3)
    • VMB 674 Vaccines and New Therapies (3)

 Blanket courses

  • VMB 603 Thesis (36)
  • VMB 607 Reading & Conference or Seminar/Colloquium (1-16)


In addition to the program core curriculum, students will be required to complete option specific

curricula, as approved by respective graduate committees.

Graduate Program Guidelines for M.S.

Graduate Program Guidelines for Ph.D.

Graduate Program Student Handbook


Faculty and Projects

List of Faculty participating in Comparative Health Sciences graduate program

Faculty Associate: Thomas Sharpton lab

Faculty research focus.

Admission information.

For more information about the proposed Comparative Health Sciences graduate program, contact Lynette Hawthorne in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.


Other Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine collaborates with other OSU colleges to offer interdisciplinary graduate programs: