Master of Science in Oral BiologyMajor: OBIO
Degree Awarded: MS
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/dental/
The School of Dentistry offers a program of study leading to the Master of Science Degree in Oral Biology. The program is directed toward a general understanding of the biology of the oral cavity and developing craniofacial region, clinical studies and biomechanics associated with dental sciences. Students obtain the scientific knowledge and biomedical skills required to perform contemporary dental research.
Areas for research training include: molecular, cellular and craniofacial biology; craniomaxillofacial diagnostic imaging; neural crest-related craniofacial and cardiovascular disorders; biochemistry of calcium-regulating hormones; regulation of gene transcription; oral microbiology; cellular mechanisms of salivary gland secretion; gene mapping of complex traits and birth defects; infection control; protein glycosylation; protein expression and trafficking; periodontology; dental materials science; orthodontics; endodontics; prosthodontics; and health services research related to dentistry. Developmental biology, oral microbiology and innate immunology are particular strengths of the program.
A minimum of 30 semester hours is needed for the M.S. degree. Requirements for the degree include courses in introductory and advanced oral biology and in data analysis, participation in seminars, and a thesis.
Other course work may be required as individualized programs are developed by students working with their thesis advisor/director and graduate committees. The graduate committee also approves proposed thesis research, reviews the thesis research, reviews the thesis for acceptance, and administers a final oral examination.
The M.S. degree in oral biology offers training particularly important to persons wishing to pursue a career in academic dentistry. The program is available to students wishing to obtain only the M.S. degree, to students enrolled in Dental Specialty Certificate/ Residency Programs, students enrolled in the D.M.D. degree program, and persons who have previously earned a D.M.D. or M.D. (or equivalent) degree.
Application for Admission
The application form is available on-line at: graduate.louisville.edu/apply/. Additionally, there is a $60.00 non-refundable application fee. Applications are not processed until the application fee is received and all required application materials have been received by Graduate Admissions.
Credentials listed below should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admission by the following admission deadlines for COMPLETE applications:
June 1 for Fall
November 1 for Spring
March 1 for Summer
Applications that are not complete by the deadline may not be reviewed in time for registration.
Students currently enrolled in the D.M.D. degree program who wish to apply to the M.S. degree in oral biology program should meet with the Program Director or Director of Student Affairs to determine a timeline for making application.
- Application and application fee
- Transcripts of all college coursework, including evidence of a baccalaureate degree
- Graduate Record Examination scores or acceptable scores on the DAT or National Boards Dental Exam (NBDE)
- Two letters of recommendation
- A personal statement of interest in the program
- TOEFL scores, if English is not applicant's native language
Major subject required (core) courses:
|OBIO 501||Biomedical Data Analysis: Experimental Design and Statistics (Fall Semester)||3|
|OBIO 601||Introduction to Oral Biology Research (Fall Semester)||2|
|OBIO 606||Seminars in Oral Biology (Spring Semester, Prerequisite: OBIO 601)||1|
|OBIO 619||Research (minimum of 8 semester hours required)||8|
|OBIO 620||Thesis (minimum of 6 semester hours required); the student must register for at least 1 semester hour of OBIO 620 in the same semester as their thesis defense||6|
Major subject selective courses:
|OBIO 600||Concepts in Oral Immunology||2|
|OBIO 604||Oral Microbiology||3|
|OBIO 611||Craniofacial Osteology||1-3|
|OBIO 612||Craniomaxillofacial Diagnostic Imaging||2-4|
|OBIO 613||Diagnosis and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders||1|
|OBIO 614||Advanced Oral Diagnosis/Oral Medicine||1|
|OBIO 615||Advanced Clinical Pharmacology||1|
|OBIO 616||Overview of Medical Genetics in Oro-facial Disease||1.5|
|OBIO 617||Advanced Oral Pathology||1|
|OBIO 670||Dental Gross Anatomy||6|
|OBIO 671||General and Oral Histology||5|
|OBIO 675||Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy||2|
These courses may be chosen from any 600-level courses offered by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies that are deemed to be relevant and applicable to the student’s program of study and thesis research, and must be approved by the student’s thesis advisor/director and the Program Director: (6 semester hours)
*Note: OBIO 610 Advanced Topics in Oral Biology (1-4 semester hours) is strongly recommended in partial fulfillment to these 6 semester hours.
Total semester hours required for M.S. degree: 30 semester hours
At least 4 semester hours must be in courses selected from the group identified below:
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