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The Ohio State University Social Sciences and Humanities MD/PhD
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Last updated October 24, 2017

The Ohio State University

Social Science/Humanities PhD Field Supported:

Many of the Social Science and Humanities PhD programs at The Ohio State University have expressed an interest in partnering with the MSTP. Applicants interested in a social science and/or humanities PhD program at OSU should indicate as such on their Secondary application. This indication will then alert the MSTP office to reach out to the PhD program for review/discussion of the application.

Description of Program:

The MD/PhD Program at Ohio State University is a Medical Scientists Training Program (MSTP). The MSTP provides an exciting opportunity for students committed to academic careers as physician-scientists. The Ohio State University offers the opportunity to train with internationally recognized scientists at an exceptional medical center. There is an increasing national focus on translational and clinical research related to human health and disease - a natural leadership role for the physician-scientist. The MSTP works very closely with our Core PhD Programs - Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program, and the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program to ensure a successful training experience. We also offer the option of pursuing a PhD in one of our many affiliate PhD programs. The MSTP is open to partnering with social science and humanities PhD programs across campus. Those applicants interested in pursuing their PhD training with one of these programs should reach out to the MSTP office to discuss the application process.

Structure of Program:

MSTP students at OSU generally enter the medical school and complete the first two years before taking the USMLE Step 1. Upon completion of Step 1, they enter into the graduate phase of their training. After earning their PhD, students continue their medical training to complete their clerkships and the USMLE Step 2. However, not all MD/PhD students follow this exact training timeline - for example, students on the Biomedical Engineering PhD track complete their first year of graduate school prior to entry into medical school. Students pursuing an SSH PhD track will discuss their training timeline with MSTP leadership to develop a academic plan. Generally, earning the MD and PhD degrees requires eight years of study to complete.

The MSTP has worked closely with the Medical School and Graduate School Leadership to develop a curriculum specifically for MSTP students - the Lead. Serve. Inspire. Inquire. Investigate (or LSI3) curriculum. The LSI3 curriculum incorporates the Medical School curriculum and the curricula of the partnering graduate programs to provide MSTP students with a unique, rewarding, and challenging curriculum.


During their time in the MSTP, all trainees are fully funded. The MSTP pays a stipend (current level is $28,692/year), tuition, and fees. The sources of funding vary throughout the student’s training.

Size of incoming joint MD/PhD class:


Current number of students in the social sciences or humanities:


Current number of students in other non-traditional fields:

2 (Public Health Epidemiology)

Application Process:

Admission to the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) can be made through one application process. This is initiated through the American Medical College Applications Service (AMCAS). To apply to the MSTP you should designate The Ohio State University on the electronic AMCAS application, and select Combined Medical Degree/Ph.D. Later you will receive an e-mail from the College of Medicine directing you to the web-based secondary application which also serves as your application to the MSTP and to graduate school. The Ohio State University MSTP is committed to diversity, including those with disabilities

Contact information:

Ashley Bertran, Administrative Program Director
Address: Suite 1080 Graves Hall, 333 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210