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) OR Molecular Tools (VMB 671) (3)
  • VMB 669 Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing (2)
  • VMB 607 Seminar (1-16)

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 651 Cancer Systems Biology (3)
  • VMB 673 Comparative Immunology (3)
  • VMB 670 Systems Biology & Bioinformatics (1)
  • 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 Learning Outcomes for Biomedical Sciences option: MS and PhD

Graduate Learning Outcomes for Clinical Sciences Option: MS

Graduate Program Guidelines for M.S.

Graduate Program Guidelines for Ph.D.

Graduate Program Student Handbook


Admission Information

Comparative Health Sciences admission information

General Admisson Requirements

International Admission Requirements

Required Documents for Admission

Admission Deadlines

Non-Degree Graduate Students

After You Apply

Additional Graduate School Information

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


Faculty and Projects

List of Faculty participating in Comparative Health Sciences graduate program

Faculty Associate: Thomas Sharpton lab

Faculty research focus.


Other Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

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