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Ohio Medical Schools with Degree Program Overviews

Oct 24, 2019

Ohio has at least seven universities that offer medical school programs. Get some information about the degree programs, and see some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

Essential Information

Ohio medical schools offer programs resulting in Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. While M.D. programs prepare graduates to practice as physicians, other programs prepare them for careers in various areas of medical research, such as pharmacology, cancer, cell biology, nutrition or neuroscience. There are also combined programs that provide career opportunities both in medical practice and medical research or law. While M.D. programs focus on hands-on clinical practice, medical scientist programs are research-based and usually require a background in the biological sciences to enroll.


Ohio State University - Main Campus

Ohio State University in Columbus offers numerous M.D. and medical scientist programs through its College of Medicine. The college's basic medical curriculum provides interaction with patients in the first year, and training is available on two separate pathways of study. The college also houses the School of Allied Medical Professions and the School of Biomedical Science.

Students in the M.D. in Biomedical Engineering program learn how to apply analytical skills and knowledge of human pathology to the creation of medical devices. The combined M.S./Ph.D. in Biophysics program teaches students to apply physics-based approaches to medicine while developing new research geared toward future trends. Those in the 6-year M.D./J.D. program learn to address legal issues in healthcare, while those in the M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience program focus on patient-based research. The Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology program provides a basic understanding of biology at the molecular level during the first year before students focus on lab research.

University of Cincinnati - Main Campus

The University of Cincinnati offers M.D. and medical scientist programs, as well as several dual-degree options. The university's College of Medicine is housed within the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, which has several local affiliate hospitals and medical centers in the city.

The 5-year M.D./M.S. in Nutrition program provides a basic medical education along with the skills to conduct nutritional research and treatment, while the M.D./Ph.D. program trains students to become physician scientists. The research-based Ph.D. in Cancer and Cell Biology program is focused on cellular function and cancer, while the Ph.D. in Pharmacology program is focused on pharmacology research. Students in the Ph.D. in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine program learn about causes of disease and the treatment methodologies to cure or prevent them.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type & Setting Programs Offered Graduate Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)
Ohio State University - Main Campus 4-year, public; large city M.D.
M.D. in Biomedical Engineering
M.S./Ph.D. in Biophysics
M.D./J.D.
M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience
Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
$31,272 (in-state), $23,776 (out-of-state) (first year)*
University of Cincinnati - Main Campus 4-year, public; large city M.D./M.S. in Nutrition
M.D./Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Cancer and Cell Biology
Ph.D. in Pharmacology
Ph.D. in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine
$32,068 (in-state), $50,332 (out-of-state) (first year)**

Sources: *Ohio State University, **University of Cincinnati.

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