About this course
Oral Biology and Pathology is part of the School of Dental Medicine within the Health Sciences Center. It offers programs of graduate study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees under the auspices of the Graduate School of the University. Either degree can be taken in conjunction with the D.D.S. degree. The M.S. curriculum is of approximately two years' duration and is particularly suited for those dental graduates who wish to obtain basic and translatiraonal oral and related biological science training without or in conjunction with a clinical specialty. A major part of the Ph.D. is research and the development of a thesis on the findings. Areas of research are listed below but others may also be possible. Programs of study are also available to individuals with a Ph.D. or a clinical degree (dental or medical) who desire further research training or experience.
The main function of this program is to train oral biology educators and researchers to staff dental and medical schools, dental research institutes, dental and medical industrial laboratories, and to provide relevant basic science training for dentists and physicians taking postdoctoral specialty training. In addition, this program has been of particular interest to industrial based scientists seeking additional training and advanced degrees.
The course work consists of in depth exposure to knowledge, directly and indirectly related to oral biology and its related sciences, and is coupled with appropriate individual research, tutorial and thesis programs.