The mission of the graduate studies program in oral biology is to foster intellectual curiosity, excellence, and creative vision in the students, and to prepare them as future leaders in the fields of academic dentistry and dental and craniofacial research.
The Department of Oral Biology provides graduate, predoctoral and dental hygiene students with an educational foundation in the basic sciences, including instruction in microbiology, biochemistry, nutrition, anatomy, pharmacology and physiology. The department collaborates with the Department of Dental Public Health to coordinate the school’s preclinical problem-based learning courses. With increased emphasis on active learning, faculty are challenged to develop innovative ways to present increasing amounts of information.
The department provides unique graduate training programs, including the Graduate Program in Oral Biology which grants master and PhD degrees, as well as joint degree programs with a number of ongoing PhD granting programs at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, the School of Dental Medicine has collaborative programs with the Graduate School of Public Health, the School of Law, and the School of Education that allow pre-doctoral students the opportunity to pursue master’s degrees while enrolled in dental school.
The department supports the school’s mission with research and service. Research continues to be a strength of the department with ongoing projects in genetics and tissue engineering, and a number of other areas of study.