Master in Plant Health Management

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Master in Plant Health Management

plant health icon hands holding growing plant
The MPHM degree combines practical plant health training with the business skills needed in the 21st century.

Ohio State's online Master in Plant Health Management degree was developed to meet growing workforce demand in food production and environmental quality, as the importance of plant health is becoming increasingly apparent. The online format of this program is well suited for working professionals and non-traditional students. MPHM students connect to leading experts in plant health management and obtain new skills for career advancement.

Important Info

Campus Requirements: 

One required course, Plant Disease Diagnosis, is a hands-on field and laboratory class that is taken in person. This class is offered in the summer as an intensive, 2-week course in Columbus (even-numbered years) and Wooster (odd-numbered years).  This course is typically taken after at least one year in the program.

Sample Courses


Plant Disease Management

Theory and practice of plant disease management; emphasis on integration of cultural, biological, chemical methods and plant disease resistance.

Pesticide Science

Exploration of pesticide toxicology and practical use; modes of action in target organisms, regulations, application methods, environmental fate, resistance management, and use in integrated pest management programs.
HCS 5422

Principles of Weed Ecology and Management

A study of weed biology and ecology, and methods of vegetation management.
HCS 5887

Introduction to Experimental Design

Students will gain an introduction to effective research techniques, focusing on correct experimental design, including i) selection and arrangement of experimental units, ii) data analysis, and iii) interpretation of software output.

Featured Faculty

Anne Dorrance
Professor, Plant Pathology and MPHM co-chair
Luis Cañas
Associate Professor, Entomology and MPHM co-chair
David Shetlar
Professor, Entomology

Is this program offered in my state?

Meets or exceeds state standards and is authorized to legally offer distance education through approval or exemption by the state regulatory agency.
Limited Authorization
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