Accelerated Graduate Program in Comparative Health Sciences

Accelerated master’s program

Comparative Health Sciences

Start working toward an MS while still an undergrad

Comparative Health Sciences is a multi-disciplinary program for students with an interest in complex contemporaneous issues that require multi-disciplinary approaches to be addressed.

Save money and time by starting your graduate studies now.

If you are a current OSU undergraduate student in public health, you can apply to the accelerated graduate program now to start taking graduate classes and apply those credits (maximum of 22) to your current undergraduate degree, as well as the MS in Comparative Health Sciences (biomedical sciences option) at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine.


You are eligible to apply for the Accelerated Graduate Program if:

  • you are working toward a bachelor’s degree in public health
  • have at least 105 credit hours at the time of application
  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better
  • meet the English language proficiency standards per the graduate catalog

How does it work?

If eligible, you’ll apply in your junior year.

You will take up to 22 graduate credits during your senior year, which will count toward the bachelor’s degree and the MS in Comparative Health Sciences graduate program. Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, you are enrolled in the MS in Comparative Health Sciences the following fall (no additional application fee or materials required).

As an AMP student, you will pay the undergraduate tuition rate for the graduate level courses taken on campus during your senior year; however, all Ecampus courses are subject to graduate tuition. After you matriculate into the MS program, you will pay the MS tuition rate.


If you are a student in an option other than the general option in public health, please contact your undergraduate advisor to discuss how your courses can double count toward your major.

We have identified several courses that could be used to satisfy requirements for both the BS in Public Health (general option) and the MS Comparative Health Sciences (biomedical sciences option) below. The courses could be double counted in both programs.

Available courses that count toward both BS Public Health and MS CHS Degrees

Any additional MS CHS allowable graduate elective can count toward MS CHS

Recommended terms

Although there is some flexibility on which term you take a course, the following classes do have specific term recommendations.

VMB 669 or GRAD 514

It is recommended you take VMB 669 or GRAD 514 in the fall of your fourth year.

Sample program of study

Courses may be offered in different terms or canceled without being updated on this webpage. Check the CHS AMP Credit Map (link CHS AMP Credit Map when available) and the schedule of classes before creating your program of study plan. Applicants need to complete a program of study plan and submit it with their application. To complete your program of study plan, refer to the CHS Graduate Handbook.

Examples. Meet with your advisor to make your plan.

Fall Term

  • HHS 521 Applications of Public Health Data (3 credits)
  • VMB 669 Intro to Grant Writing (2 credits)
  • VMB 671 Molecular Tools (3 credits)

Winter Term

  • H 524 Intro to Biostatistics (4 credits)
  • GRAD 520  Responsible Conduct of Research (2 credits)
  • VMB 507 Seminar (1 credit)

Spring Term

  • HHS 522 Reporting of Public Health Data (4 credits)
  • VMB 523 Zoonoses (3 credits)

How to apply

  • Meet with David Cortez, MEd to discuss eligibility and your proposed program of study and get an application code.
  • Apply through the Graduate School’s Application using the code.

Items needed to apply

  • Program of Study (plan of which graduate courses you intend to take and when)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose/Objectives
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)