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The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging is a University-wide program that provides graduate and professional students the opportunity to expand their knowledge, skills, and attitudes to meet the needs of our nation’s growing older adult population.

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Demography (GISD) is the study of how the three core population processes -- fertility, mortality, and migration -- interrelate with major societal institutions, such as the family and the economy. Demographic issues encompass some of the most pressing social issues of our time including population aging, unprecedented changes in the structure and functioning of the family, social inequality, and environmental challenges, to name a few. Owing to this wide breadth, the field of demography is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing from diverse fields such as anthropology, biology, economics, geography, history, medicine, public health, public policy and sociology. But it also possesses a clear identity as a scientific field, with professional associations, annual conferences, and peer-reviewed journals dedicated to demography (broadly defined).

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Survey Research (GISSR) is a 12 credit-hour add-on program available to any graduate student at Ohio State. It began operation in Autumn 2000 sponsored by 13 departments in six colleges which agreed to contribute courses. The purpose is to further education in survey research at Ohio State University at the graduate level and provide students with a credential that can be useful in academic or applied contexts. Upon completing the specialization, students receive a notation on their official university transcript indicating that they have completed the program. Students also receive an official certificate from the program administrator.

University Initiatives 

CONSIRT.  The main objective of the CONSIRT (Cross-National Studies:  Interdisciplinary Research and Training) Program is to stimulate and facilitate research, graduate training, and undergraduate education.  Within its international network of institutions and scholars, CONSIRT provides the opportunity for preparing and administering complex research projects with a cross-national perspective. CONSIRT serves scholars at all steps of the research process, from research design to data collection, through data analysis, to the dissemination of results.

Food and Security   The Initiative for Food and Agricultural Tranformation at Ohio State is devoted to seeking transformational solutions for resilient, sustainable and global food security.

LGBTQ at Ohio State  LGBTQ at Ohio State is Ohio State University's one-stop resource for LGBTQ students and allies. Please visit their website for additional information.

Sports and Society The Sports and Society Initiative at Ohio State is devoted to the development of a better understanding of the role of amateur and professional sports in the economy and society at large. Its goal is to promote high quality research related to issues of societal concern in sports at all levels through research grants, undergraduate and graduate training and internships, the sponsorship of conferences and interaction with policy makers in sports and related industries.

Translational Data Analytics  Translational Data Analytics at Ohio State provides accessibility and integration of Ohio State’s data analytics assets and expertise—transforming how the university works with industry and community partners to co-develop big data solutions and prepare tomorrow’s data analytics workforce.