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Dentistry - MSD

Major: OBIO

Degree Awarded: MSD
Unit: GD
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/dental/

Program Information

The School of Dentistry offers a program of study leading to the Master of Science Degree in Dentistry for postgraduate students/residents enrolled in Advanced Specialty Certificate Programs in Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics.

The courses for the Master of Science in Dentistry will total 31 credit hours.  The curriculum is at least 19 credit hours (11 core and 8 selective courses), plus credit for research and thesis/publication.  In addition, depending on the specific accreditation requirements of the specialty, either two or three years of clinical training are required.  The credit hours needed to complete the MSD and the certificate are listed below.

MSD/Specialty Programs
Credits Time to Completion
Endodontics 69 2 years
Orthodontics 72 2 years
Pediatric Dentistry 70 2 years
Periodontics 103.5 3 years
Prosthodontics 94 3 years
 

The School of Dentistry post-professional Master of Science in Dentistry with Specialty Certificate programs offer didactic and clinical training leading to certification in the specific dental specialty area.  Completion of an accredited certificate program allows the student to be recognized by state boards of dentistry and by the respective specialty boards as eligible for specialty board examination and specialty dental licensure.

These programs help to develop skillful clinicians and researchers for careers in academic dentistry or private practice in the specialty areas of Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.  Excellent training in clinical dentistry, teaching skills, and the process and interpretation of biomedical research is essential to equip tomorrow’s specialists with the proper scientific background to deal with the changes and challenges inherent in a profession undergoing rapid scientific advancement.  These postgraduate students are exposed to a wide variety of clinical techniques by a group of highly qualified faculty with diverse training and varied backgrounds.  The philosophy of the programs is that clinical excellence is based on technical proficiency, expert diagnostic skills and broad-based knowledge of the specific specialty literature.

The didactic portion of the curriculum explores the concepts, designs, regulation, interpretation, and presentation of modern biomedical research upon which the practice of modern Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, or Prosthodontics is based.

The Master of Science in Dentistry trains students in research concepts allowing them to design and complete a clinical or basic science research project.  As a part of this program, the student is guided to design a research project and write a research proposal including any informed consent and data collection forms.  The student will then conduct the research project to completion.  Federal regulations and University of Louisville policy require that all research involving human subjects or analysis of data gathered from human subjects, regardless of funding status, be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to the implementation of any research activity.  After completion of the research project, the student will present the research project in both oral and written form.  The oral presentation (defense) includes a review of the literature relevant to the research project, analysis of all data using appropriate statistical tests, and comparison of the results of the project to similar research in the dental literature.  The student will also write a thesis or a paper that is suitable for submission and publication in an appropriate peer-reviewed journal.

Students who are enrolled in Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, or Prosthodontics will complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Dentistry in conjunction with the awarding of the specialty certificate.

Program Descriptions:

MSD/Endodontics

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry which is concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and tissues around the tooth root. Its study and practice encompass the basic and clinical sciences, including biology of the normal pulp, the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated conditions occurring around the tooth root.

MSD/Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the dental specialty that includes the diagnosis, prevention, interception, and correction of malocclusion of the teeth, as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the developing or mature orofacial structures.

MSD/Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry is an age-defined specialty that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.

MSD/Periodontics

Periodontics is that specialty of dentistry which encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function and esthetics of these structures and tissues.

MSD/Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.

Application for Admission

After acceptance into an Advanced Specialty Certificate Program in Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics or Prosthodontics, please complete the application form available on-line at:  http://graduate.louisville.edu/apply.  Additionally, there is a $60 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. 

Admission Credentials

  • Application and application fee
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework, including evidence of a baccalaureate degree
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores, if English is not the applicant’s native language
  • For international applicants, Official Course-by-Course Evaluation Report from ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.), P. O. Box 514070, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  53203-3470-USA - http://www.ece.org.

 

Curriculum


All of the specialty programs will require 11 credit hours in the following courses:
 
Course        Description Credit Hours
OBIO-501    Biomedical Data Analysis 3
OBIO-601    Introduction to Oral Biology Research 2
OBIO-606    Oral Biology Seminars and Communication 2
OBIO-617    Advanced Oral Pathology 1
OBIO-622    Multidisciplinary Seminars 1
ASNB 675    Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy 2
 

All of the specialty programs are also required to take at least 8 credits hours from the following list of electives:

Course        Description Credit Hours
OBIO-600    Concepts in Oral Immunology 2
OBIO-604    Oral Microbiology 3
OBIO-605    Oral Health Seminars 1
*OBIO-610  Advanced Topics in Oral Biology                                                 1-4

*Prerequisite:  OBIO 600 or consent of instructor.  Selected areas will be investigated in depth, using one or more of a variety of formats, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, and research projects.

OBIO-611    Craniofacial Osteology 1-3
OBIO-612    Craniomaxillofacial Diagnostic Imaging 2-4
OBIO-613    The Diagnosis and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Facial Pain 1
OBIO-614    Diagnosis and Oral Medicine 1
OBIO-615    Advanced Clinical Pharmacology 1
OBIO-616    Medical Genetics in Oral Diagnosis 1.5
OBIO-623    Advanced Implantology 1
   
Curriculum Credit Hours 19


In addition to these 19 Credit Hours, each postgraduate student/resident will complete a research project that will be supervised by the specialty program director or a designated faculty member.

Course         Description Credit Hours
OBIO-0635-619 Research 1-8
OBIO-620     Thesis/Publication                                                                1-8
Total hours for Master of Science in Dentistry 31
 

In addition to the completion of the core curriculum and the postgraduate research project, there are didactic, and clinical courses required for the completion of the necessary hours needed for each certificate as indicated in the MSD/Specialty Programs table.

 

Departmental Faculty

Tamer Abdel-Azim
Assistant Professor

Merilla Atarodi
Assistant Professor

Eric Bednar
Clinical Assistant Professor

Mark Bernstein
Professor

Ricardo Caicedo
Associate Professor

Sunita Chandiramani
Clinical Associate Professor

Stephen Clark
Professor

Gary A. Crim
Professor

Douglas S. Darling
Professor

Don R. Demuth
Professor

Jixiang Ding
Associate Professor

Eiad Elathamna
Assistant Professor

Carmine Esposito
Professor

Allan G. Farman
Professor

John Firriolo
Professor

Lawrence Gettleman
Professor

Robert M. Greene
Professor

Ann Greenwell
Associate Professor

Henry Greenwell
Professor

Bryan Harris
Assistant Professor

Bruce Haskell
Clinical Professor

Margaret Hill
Associate Professor

Wendy Hupp
Assistant Professor

Zafrulla Khan
Professor

Richard Lamont
Professor

Shuang Liang
Assistant Professor

Wei-Shao Lin
Assistant Professor

Regan L. Moore
Associate Professor

Joseph Morelli
Associate Professor

Dean Morton
Professor

Michelle L. Pisano
Professor

Jan Potempa
Professor

Lisa Sandell
Assistant Professor

William Scarfe
Associate Professor

David A. Scott
Associate Professor

Anibal M. Silveira
Professor

Robert H. Staat
Professor

David Tasman
Clinical Professor

Ricardo Vidal
Assistant Professor

John Virag
Clinical Assistant

 


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