Department of Oral Biology:  Educational Programs


Doctoral Programs

Joint degrees programs are offered with a number of ongoing PhD granting programs at the University of Pittsburgh to train dental scientists in oral health related research. These programs reflect collaborative and research interests of the SDM faculty and include: bioengineering, human genetics, epidemiology, anthropology, pharmaceutical sciences, and the seven departments comprising the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Program: biochemistry and molecular genetics, cell biology and molecular physiology, cellular and molecular pathology, immunology, molecular pharmacology, molecular virology and microbiology, and neuroscience.

Admission requirements to these programs vary but typically include: a baccalaureate degree in a natural or physical science, or engineering program; a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4) or its equivalent from an accredited institution; scores from the general Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and TOFFEL. GRE scores for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical tests should be above the 70th percentile in each of these three areas; and, a minimum of three letters of recommendation.

Master’s Programs

The School of Dental Medicine also has collaborative programs with the Graduate School of Public Health, the School of Law, and the School of Education that allow pre-doctoral dental students the opportunity to pursue master’s degrees while enrolled in dental school. Dental students may earn a Multidisciplinary Master’s of Public Health (MMPH), a Master’s of Study in Law (MSL), or a Master’s in Education (MEd). These career opportunities can prepare students to head organizations that assess, plan, and implement interventions designed to promote health and wellness in the general population, to become leaders in health care finance restructuring, or to become the future dental school academicians and administrators.

The MMPH provides a flexible curriculum that provides intensive clinical research training for interested students, particularly in the interface between dentistry and public health. A small number of motivated pre- and post-doctoral students have also obtained master’s degrees in human genetics, physical anthropology, epidemiology, biomedical engineering, and speech and communication disorders at the University of Pittsburgh.

University-wide Training Programs: