Master's Degree Opportunities


To enhance the training of future pediatric academic subspecialists, a merit-based competitive award is presented yearly to a fellow (post initial residency trainee) enrolled full time in an NCH-sponsored GME program. The GME Scholarship Award funds up to two years (24 months) of tuition costs for a fellow completing a graduate degree program.

Eligible applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be employed by NCH full time as a fellow in GME fellowship program sponsored by NCH

  • Be approved by Program Director and, if applicable, the Scholarship Oversight Committee.

  • Be committed to completion of graduate degree during NCH fellowship as a means of advancing career goals and be able to demonstrate an effective plan to complete the graduate degree education by the end of NCH fellowship training

One new scholarship will be awarded each year. Because many graduate programs are more than one year in duration, it is likely that there will be two fellows receiving scholarship money each fiscal year – one awardee beginning his/her graduate program and one awardee from the previous year completing his/her graduate program (upon demonstration of satisfactory progress toward degree completion.)

Tuition payments are allocated quarterly (or, if applicable, by semester) for courses in which the fellow is enrolled in pursuit of graduate degree. Payment will not be made as a lump sum and/or will not be made prospectively for courses in which the fellow has yet to enroll. Tuition payments are made directly to the graduate institution on behalf of awardee. Should any tuition paid by NCH need to be refunded to the fellow, the fellow must return these funds to NCH. Funding for books and other expenses are not included in this award.

To assure that sufficient funding is available each fiscal year, the total amount of the scholarship is capped at the rate of full time, in-state OSU Masters of Public Health student. A fellow need not be enrolled at OSU or in an MPH program, however. An award recipient, who is enrolled in another type of graduate program or enrolled at another university, may receive tuition funding up to the amount of OSU MPH program.


The Ohio State University College of Medicine Master of Science in Medical Science Program

The Ohio State University College of Medicine Master of Science in Medical Science Program (MMSP) offers physicians-in-training at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital the opportunity to prepare for research careers in academic medicine through pursuit of a core curriculum, individualized electives and seminars, and a mentored research project. The program provides an opportunity for promising clinically trained individuals to develop into independent biomedical academicians by facilitating the transition from postdoctoral training to a career as an independent investigator and educator.

Program Requirements:

  • Minimum 30 credit hours
    • Maximum 10 credit hours/semester (maximum allowed for university benefit)
    • Program to cover one-two academic years (minimum 3 semesters) with “in class” time limited to three semesters
    • Complete within five years from the date of matriculation into the program
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all coursework
  • Student submits a proposed course of study to Graduate Studies Committee for approval.
  • Student submits a paper, abstract, or poster for presentation at a state, regional or national meeting or submit a paper or abstract for publication.
  • Student presents their “submission” (see previous item) to the Graduate Studies Committee and his/her advisor prior to program completion.
  • Student submits an abstract for presentation at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Graduate and postgraduate Research Day (April)

The core requirements for the curriculum are listed below.

Each student is allowed to choose courses that meet these individual requirements and are in line with their research interests.

Course Requirements:

  • Core Curriculum
    • Research Methodology or Research Design (3 courses)
    • Statistics (1 course )
    • Ethics (2 courses
    • Grant Writing or Science Communication (1 course)
    • Electives (optional)
  • Department courses
    • Currently scheduled educational conferences (morning review, conferences, grand rounds)
    • Supervised laboratory research
  • Independent Study – Mentored courses

Learn more about The Ohio State University College of Medicine Master of Science in Medical Science Program 

The Ohio State University Program for Experienced Professionals Master of Public Health

The MPH degree Program for Experienced Professionals (MPH-PEP) is the oldest MPH program in the state of Ohio and has graduates in many leadership positions in the state and beyond. The combination of on-campus and distance learning components reduces traditional class time without losing the essential interactions between faculty and students.

On campus -- four weekends per semester

Distance learning -- course websites that allow students to access course materials, communicate with the instructor and other students, take quizzes, and submit assignments.

Program of Study

The curriculum for the MPH-PEP is similar to that for the full-time MPH, requiring a minimum of 45 credit hours. However, PEP students do not specialize, other than through their use of electives and their choices for practicum and culminating experience.

The specific PEP course requirements recognize the needs and interests of more experienced students, with emphasis on general preparation for positions of leadership in public health. The division of time in the curriculum is as follows:

  • Required courses (28 credit hours)
  • Practicum (2 credit hours)
  • Culminating project (3 credit hours)
  • Electives (13 credit hours)

Thirteen credit hours of electives may be applied toward the 45 total hours required for the degree (naturally, students may take more if they wish). Students are encouraged to consider electives from all divisions in the College. Some courses will be offered in formats to make them more accessible to PEP students (e.g., evening, weekend, distance education). All courses offered by the College of Public Health are approved as PEP electives (provided they are not fulfilling other degree requirements for the student).

In addition, students may also take approved courses in other departments at Ohio State or at other universities. With the continuing changes of this university and others with the semester conversion, there is not a published list of pre-approved elective courses not offered by the College of Public Health. Elective courses taken in other departments or other universities must have prior approval. Students who wish to take an elective that is not offered by the College of Public Health must submit an elective course approval form along with a course syllabus and course description to their faculty advisor. In order to receive approval, the course must be at the graduate level, relevant to public health, and contribute to the student's career goals and objectives.

The MPH-PEP curriculum can be completed in two years. The program is designed to begin in the summer with one introductory course. Students take two courses per semester during the regular academic year (mid-August to May). The second summer is left open for a practicum experience and electives. In the second academic year, students again take two courses per semester, including completion of a culminating project.

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