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The Spine Research Institute offers both Master's and Doctoral programs in biomechanics through the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University.

The program in Biomechanics gives students a chance to learn about human anthropometric, anatomical and physiological properties; biomechanical and electrophysiological experimentation and analysis techniques; biomechanical modeling of body strength, loading and tolerance; participation in reviewing and researching leading edge issues; and an opportunity to apply biomechanical knowledge in industrial environments.

Interdisciplinary studies involving the College of Medicine, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Department of Psychology also compliment the biomechanics program.


Students entering our graduate program come from a variety of academic backgrounds. Historically, students with backgrounds in engineering, psychology, computer science, mathematics, statistics, or physiology have done well in the program, though we expect many other disciplines to integrate well with our mission.


Financial assistance is generally available for those students wishing to study at the Spine Research Institute (though limited spaces are available). Assistance in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistanceships provide tuition waivers as well as a stipend. Such support is available to most students, and the teaching and research experience enriches their graduate education.


Both undergraduate and graduate students play a major role in the Spine Research Institute's mission.  Please contact us if you are interested in becoming the next Spine Research Institute graduate at Ohio State!