The PhD program provides training for those who wish to pursue basic and/or clinical research in dental medicine or the biomedical sciences. Candidates may include those with bachelor's, master's, or DDS (or equivalent) degrees.
Interdisciplinary in nature, the PhD program draws upon faculty expertise in a broad range of disciplines, including biochemistry, biophysics, developmental biology, immunology, microbiology, cell and molecular biology, physiology, and pharmacology. Students choose an area of concentration from these disciplines, but may also combine work in several fields in order to support their research interests.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 72 credit hours. At least 25 of these must be formal coursework (lecture courses in which a letter grade is given). A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Other requirements – discussed further below – include a Preliminary Examination and a PhD dissertation.