Dental Science

Department Head

Professor Arthur Hand


Agar, Aseltine, Beazoglou, Dongari-Bagtzoglou, Eisenberg, Frank, Freilich, Goldberg, Gronowicz, Hand, Hurley, Kream, Kreutzer, Lurie, MacNeil, Meiers, Mina, Nanda, Nichols, Peterson, Pilbeam, Reisine, Rossomando, Safavi, Taylor, Upholt, and Zhu.

Associate Professors

Burleson, Dealy, Duncan, Harrison, Ioannidou, Kalajzic, Kazemi, Kuhn, Landesberg, Pendrys, Reichenberger, Rogina, Rungruanganunt, Uribe, and Wagner.

Assistant Professors

Bidra, Chandhoke, Chen, Diaz, Frontera, Jiang, Kaufman, Natarajan, Sobue, Tadinada, Thibodeau, and Upadhyay.

Master of Dental Science Degree Program (MDSc)

Students in residency and specialty training in the School of Dental Medicine may also pursue a Master of Dental Science degree in the Graduate School. This program offers an opportunity for study and research in dental science, the basic life sciences, and the allied health fields and leads to the degree of Master of Dental Science. It is designed to fill the gap between the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Science and the various residency and specialty training programs provided by the School of Dental Medicine. A major objective of the MDSc program is to provide instruction in dental science that will enhance the student’s ability to instruct and undertake research in dental schools. Courses of study are flexible with major emphasis on the accomplishment of research. Possibilities for interdisciplinary research are enhanced by cooperative activities with several university departments. Students may combine their work in this program with advanced training in Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral Medicine, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics. Further information and an application may be obtained from the School of Dental Medicine, Office of Dental Academic Affairs, Room AG030, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut 06030-3905.

M.P.H. and M.S. in Clinical and Translational Research Degree Programs

As an alternative to the MDSc degree, students in residency and specialty training in the School of Dental Medicine may pursue either the Master of Public Health degree or the Master of Science degree in Clinical and Translational Research in the Graduate School. For further information, see the descriptions of these programs in this catalog.

Dual D.M.D./Masters Degree Program
Program Director: Arthur Hand

This is a five-year program designed to develop clinicians and clinician-scientists capable of working as part of a multidisciplinary research team that can address the increasingly complex interactions between genetic, environmental and socioeconomic factors involved in dental, oral and craniofacial diseases. Students graduate with a D.M.D. and either a masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) or in Clinical and Translational Research (M.C.T.R.). Students may enter the program upon matriculation in dental school or after their first or second year of predoctoral studies. There is considerable flexibility in structuring the Masters Program around the predoctoral dental curriculum. For further information, see Public Health and Clinical and Translational Research.

Dual D.M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Science Degree Program
Program Director: Mina  Mina

This program leads to the awarding of dual D.M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. It is designed for a small number of outstanding students who have clearly defined career goals of research and teaching in the general area of the biological and biomedical sciences and who have the motivation and ability to pursue a rigorous training program in this area. The program provides basic science and research training as well as the standard dental curriculum and is designed to produce individuals who are likely to make important contributions to the solution of problems of significance to the health sciences. The overall program is administered by the Graduate Programs Committee of the Health Center. The student applies as a dual-degree applicant to the Dual D.M.D./Ph.D. Committee of the Office of Admissions of the School of Dental Medicine. The Dual D.M.D./Ph.D. Committee operating in conjunction with the admission committee of the School of Dental Medicine reviews the application and admits the student. The student normally completes both programs, including the dissertation in a period of approximately eight academic years, including summers.

Ph.D. in Biomedical Science Degree Program

This is a rigorous academic program designed for students who have chosen career paths in research and teaching. The degree may be pursued independently or in conjunction with residency/specialty training in the School of Dental Medicine. For further information, see Biomedical Sciences.

Ph.D. Degree Program in Materials Science: Dental Materials

Students with research interests in the field of dental materials may pursue a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science. Similar to other special interdisciplinary programs in Materials Science, students study the broad areas of thermodynamics, kinetics, analysis and structure/property relations. The program also provides overviews of the structure of dental and oral tissues; the epidemiology, etiology and manifestations of dental diseases; and the treatment of dental diseases. These overviews are obtained in the formal course work at the Health Center. A primary objective of the program is to help the student develop an understanding of the manner in which the prevention and clinical treatment of dental disease is integrated with the limitations of the materials employed. The dissertation may involve study of any materials-related problem, but normally addresses a particular dental material or material-oral tissue interaction. Applicants would typically have backgrounds in materials science, metallurgy, polymer science or a related field and specific career goals in dentistry. For further information, see Materials Science.

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