The Online Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience at The Ohio State University College of Medicine welcomes professional and pre-professional learners to gain a deeper understanding of how the brain functions within the human body and the implications of brain research in healthcare and society. This is a flexible program that can be full-time or part-time, where you will learn about foundational principles in neuroscience, how cutting-edge neuroscientific discovery happens and gain skills for understanding neuroscience relevant to your personal and professional interests. The certificate offers neuroscience core courses as well as various elective courses based on what interests you have. We welcome diverse and varied experience backgrounds to apply to the program.

Who should apply to the Online Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience?

This program is designed to appeal to professional and pre-professional individuals who have a strong science background and would benefit from increased neuroscientific knowledge. Specific positions include laboratory technicians, sales and marketing positions, hospital management, healthcare support, science communication, or those involved with biology or medical patents or intellectual property. There is also an opportunity for nursing students, or physical and occupational therapists who would benefit from understanding brain function and disease to apply who have not already had extensive training in the neuro area.

This certificate offers a unique opportunity for individuals who are seeking a neuroscience education outside of the typical concentrated degree in neuroscience. It is designed for those who want to expand their current subject understanding, working capacity or move into a neuroscience-related position. As an online program, it is perfect for individuals with busy schedules and are unable to attend traditional in-person courses.


The Online Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience takes 3 semesters for completion part time, but can be completed in 2 semesters full-time. All classes will be offered asynchronously to offer learners maximum flexibility. Optional sessions with instructors will be offered online and are at the discretion of each individual course instructor. The curriculum aims to achieve three major outcomes upon completion:

1. Provide a detailed foundational understanding of key neuroscience concepts.

2. Provide a framework for understanding how neuroscience research and discovery are achieved and utilized.

3. Provide a tool kit for self-driven, continued learning of relevant contemporary neuroscience.

Example courses within the program:

NEUROSC5503 – Neurobiology of Disease - An expert clinical and research dive into the biological basis for neurological diseases.

NEUROSC5601 – Neuroscience in Society – Learners will focus on the ethical and societal implications of neuroscience and examine situations where neuroscientific discovery, outside of a laboratory, can change human lives.

NEUROSC5603 – Neurotrauma – An introduction to neurotrauma, cutting-edge research, and comprehensive care for individuals experiencing traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke.

NEUROSC5606 – Neuroimaging – An introduction to basic principles of neuroimaging methods and technologies as applied to human subject research.

NEUROSC5605 - Research Techniques in Neuroscience – Learners will be introduced to how scientific discovery occurs through learning to contemporary and popular research techniques, how to develop a solid research question, and creating a solid hypothesis.

NEUROSC5604 - Paradigms Then and Now: The History of Neuroscience - Learners will apply historical context to understanding how today’s neuroscience research is influenced/driven by society and how it will be recorded in history. 

How to apply

Applications for this program will become available in spring 2024.

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