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Since its founding in 1896, the School of Dental Medicine has been educating highly qualified professionals to serve the oral health needs of patients and families throughout the region and beyond.

Expanded programs are available to train a broad range of care providers, from dental hygienists and doctors of dentistry in multiple specialties, to research faculty devoted to investigating basic and clinical science questions that affect oral health.

Degrees offered at the School of Dental Medicine include the doctor of dental medicine (DMD), doctor of philosophy (PhD), master of science (MS), master of public health (MPH) offered in conjunction with the School of Public Health, and bachelor of science (BS).

DMD Program

The four-year doctor of dental medicine (DMD) program prepares students to provide comprehensive care to a diverse patient population. The program emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention for all patients, and prepares students to provide treatment that meets the individual needs of the patient using the best scientific evidence available.

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Dental Hygiene Program

Earn an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene or a Bachelor's Degree. Pitt’s Dental Hygiene Program is the only dental hygiene program in Pennsylvania that is located within an accredited dental school, a major research university and is part of a major medical center.

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Advanced Standing Program

The Advanced Standing Program places graduates of foreign dental programs as third-year students at the School of Dental Medicine. Students are required to complete the third- and fourth-year curriculum with other DMD students at the school

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Advanced Dental Education and Residency Programs

The School of Dental Medicine offers ten Advanced Dental Education and Residency Programs leading to either a Certificate of Completion, Master of Dental Science degree (MDS), or PhD degree in the respective program.

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Oral Biology Programs

Students may earn Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Science (MS) degrees in Oral Biology. 

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News & Events

Welcome Dr. Pawlowicz

I am pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Elizabeth C. Pawlowicz (DMD ’93) to Pitt Dental Medicine. She will join us as the program director of the General Practice Residency at the... Read more »

Meer Ahmed Receives Award at the Hinman Student Research Symposium

  Meer Ahmed, a Pitt Dental Medicine Oral Biology master's degree student, received the award for "Most Outstanding Presentation" in the area of Clinical Research at the 2018 Hinman Student... Read more »

First Year Periodontics Resident Commissioned into U.S. Air Force

First-year periodontics resident, Dr. Curtis G. Dugas, was commissioned into the United States Air Force as a captain during a ceremony at Pitt Dental Medicine in September. Pitt Dental... Read more »

CODA Review Committee Appointment for Dr. Giovannitti

Dr. Joseph Giovannitti, Jr., professor and chair of the Department of Dental Anesthesiology, has been appointed a member of the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Review Committee on... Read more »