FAHRP offers opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.


Graduate Students

Ongoing research projects contributes directly to the available scientific information needed by risk-assessors, policy makers and producers to develop risk assessment-based systems for the continued safety and security of our nation’s food supply, animal health and the economics of food production. Detailed below are specific areas of research.

Program of Study

Program of study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) are available. Typically, MS students are required to complete 30 credit hours and PhD students 80 credit hrs. This includes both formal course work and research credits. Most didactic lecture courses are completed during the first 6-9 months of study on the Columbus campus of OSU (about 95 miles southwest of Wooster) and then the student returns to the Wooster campus to devote the remainder of their time in this research-oriented environment. Course requirements are tailored to the individual project and typically include courses in molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, epidemiology, biostatistics, virology/bacteriology, public health and zoonoses. Students are expected to complete a research project and thesis, present their work at scientific meetings and publish their results in peer-reviewed publications.

Admission Requirements & Procedures

Applicants for graduate study must have a bachelor’s or veterinary degree. A grade point average of greater than 3.0 is required. In addition, applicants that are not graduates from AVMA accredited veterinary colleges must also supply scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For individuals whose primary language is not English, proficiency must be demonstrated, usually by completion of the TOEFL. Three letters of recommendation are required and a letter written by the candidate with a statement of career interests.

Applications can be obtained directly from Graduate and Professional Admissions at The Ohio State University. However, it is usually in the best interest of the candidate to first make an initial contact with the Department or an individual faculty member.


The Food Animal Health Research Program has modern laboratories with the state-of-the-art equipment required to conduct analyses from the molecular level to a global scale. Our facility is the only one in the world for procurement and maintenance of multiple different species of germ-free food producing animals. Specific pathogen-free chicken and turkey flock are also maintained by FAHRP. In addition to the university-owned herds of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, and flocks of poultry, the close proximity of a large number of commercial farms provides an excellent resource for field studies. FAHRP is near the Plant and Animal Agrosecurity Research (PAAR) facility, a highly secure biocontainment building for conducting research with organisms that cause diseases in animals classified at biosafety level 3 (BSL-3 and/or BSL-3 Ag).

Costs and Financial Assistance

Costs for tuition and fees change occasionally. Current costs are listed in the Graduate School Bulletin and on the OSU website. However, the tuition is fully paid for the most qualified applicants. Furthermore, competitive graduate student stipends (depending upon experience and qualifications) and health insurance are available with appointments in most laboratories.

Wooster & Area

FAHRP is located on the campus of the Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center in Wooster, OH. Wooster is located in NE Ohio between Cleveland and Columbus. Wooster, with a population of about 25,000, has a diversified economy based on both industry and agriculture. The city is located in a beautiful rural setting surrounded by rolling hills. Lake Erie, one of the US Great Lakes, is about an hour’s drive north and is popular for recreational water sports. Cleveland and Akron offer many outstanding cultural institutions, including the Cleveland Art Museum, Severence Hall, Great Lakes Science Center, Rock Hall of Fame, Akron Art Museum, Canton Art Museum and professional sports. Affordable housing, shopping, recreational facilities, entertainment and employment opportunities for spouses are readily available.


FAHRP faculty work with undergraduate students from the the summer OARDC Research Internship Program (ORIP) and the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP). Feel free to contact any of our faculty to find out about additional research opportunities for undergraduates.