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Obesity Sciences

Obesity affects more than 500 million adults globally. This multifaceted, multilayered medical condition requires multidisciplinary solutions. The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Obesity Sciences teaches students how to address this epidemic from biological, psychological, social, and relational perspectives. This provides you foundational knowledge and skills needed in basic science, prevention science, community interventions and clinical treatments.

In this 13-credit hour specialization, you will learn about obesity sciences from experts within multiple disciplines throughout the university. Additionally, you will complete a community outreach or research project and a capstone project to learn a new area of obesity research.

At the completion of the Obesity Sciences GIS, you will:

  1. Understand the complex causes, consequences and solutions of the obesity epidemic in four content modules: biomedicine, policy and industry, behavior and sociocultural; 
  2. Find opportunities to form trans-disciplinary teams to address obesity issues; 
  3. Integrate the curricular knowledge and methodologies of your specific area of study as well as areas outside of your professional discipline; 
  4. Develop the skill set necessary to prepare publishable trans-disciplinary scholarship in obesity sciences; and 
  5. Market yourself for positions in academia, industry and government departments that require advanced skills and knowledge in obesity sciences. 

Students with a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Obesity Sciences from The Ohio State University will be equipped with the skills and expertise to contribute to solving the obesity epidemic.


  • Must be currently enrolled at Ohio State in a graduate-level program
  • Complete at least 13 semester hours of graduate level coursework, nine semester hours must be outside the home graduate program
    • Choose PDF iconqualified courses from the participating Ohio State departments
    • Required course: Obesity-Multidisciplinary Foundations, HDFS 7570/PUBHHBP 7570
  • First-semester independent study: Complete a community outreach project or research project
  • Capstone project: Learn a new area of obesity research alongside a mentor researcher

How to apply

  1. Applications are accepted the first three weeks of autumn or spring semester
  2. Contact the GIS Coordinator for specific information about how to apply
  3. Submit your application for review
  4. The GIS Coordinator will notify you of the admission decision
View the Curriculum Sheet


Obesity Sciences Coordinator