Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate, B.D.S., D.D.S., or D.M.D.: 40

Required Courses:

Core Courses
OHSC 8011Molecular Oral and Craniofacial Biology1
OHSC 8012Advanced Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics1
OHSC 8013Introduction to Evidence-Based Dentistry1
OHSC 8014Clinical Anatomy of the Head and Neck1
OHSC 8015Research Methodology and Study Design1
OHSC 8016Cases in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology1
OHSC 8017Oral Microbiology and Immunology1
OHSC 8018Biostatistics1
OHSC 8019Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology1
OHSC 8033Bioethics and Critical Thinking in Dentistry1
Electives 124
Research Courses
OHSC 9993Master's Research Qualifying Examination1
OHSC 9995Master's Thesis Research4
OHSC 9996Master's Thesis in Oral Biology1
Total Credit Hours40

Approved Electives for the Clinical Internship Track Grouped by Subject Area

Dental Public Health Sciences
DPHS 8001Foundations of Dental Public Health3
DPHS 8002Administration in Dental Public Health2
DPHS 8003Epidemiology and Prevention of Oral Diseases3
DPHS 8004The Role of Behavioral Science in Dental Public Health1
DPHS 8005Provision and Financing of Dental Public Health2
Endodontology
ENDG 8112Pulp Biology2
ENDG 8113Periapical Biology4
ENDG 8114Biologic Basis of Disease2
ENDG 8116Endodontic Microbiology/Immunology2
ENDG 8117Systemic Diseases1.5
ENDG 8122Dental Traumatology1
Oral Biology/General Electives
ORBG 5001Introduction to Dental Assisting2
ORBG 5002Chairside Dental Assisting3
ORBG 5004Dental Radiology Lecture and Lab2
ORBG 5005Dental Anatomy1
ORBG 8021Microbiome3
ORBG 8022Microbiome Techniques2
ORBG 8023Craniofacial Bone Biology and Maxillofacial/Dental Orthopedic Care2
ORBG 8024Regeneration of Bone and Dental Hard Tissues1
ORBG 8025Temporomandibular Joint Biology2
ORBG 8028Basic and Advanced Statistical Methods3
ORBG 8029Behavioral Change Theories and Practice2
ORBG 8031Biomaterials2
ORBG 8032Practical Clinical Practice3
ORBG 8034Advanced Practical Clinical Practice3
ORBG 8035Introduction to Orthodontics2
ORBG 8036Molecular Technology for Translation to the Dental Clinic2
ORBG 8037Science of Taste Sensation and Relation with Oral Conditions1
Orthodontics
ORTG 8404Orthodontic Biomechanics2
ORTG 8407History of Orthodontics1
ORTG 8408Craniofacial Cephalometrics3
ORTG 8414Growth and Development of the Craniofacial Complex2
ORTG 8416Clinical Biomechanics1
ORTG 8419Orthodontic Principles and Techniques1-4
ORTG 8424Biology of Tooth Movement2
Periodontology
PERG 8301Introduction to Postgraduate Periodontology2
PERG 8306Introduction to Oral Implantology1
PERG 8310Classic Periodontal Literature Review2
PERG 8313Conscious Sedation2
PERG 8320Current Periodontal Literature Review1
PERG 8340Oral Implantology Literature Review2

Approved Electives for the Non-Clinical Track Grouped by Subject Area

Dental Public Health Sciences
DPHS 8001Foundations of Dental Public Health3
DPHS 8002Administration in Dental Public Health2
DPHS 8003Epidemiology and Prevention of Oral Diseases3
DPHS 8004The Role of Behavioral Science in Dental Public Health1
DPHS 8005Provision and Financing of Dental Public Health2
Endodontology
ENDG 8114Biologic Basis of Disease2
ENDG 8116Endodontic Microbiology/Immunology2
ENDG 8117Systemic Diseases1.5
Oral Biology/General Electives
ORBG 5001Introduction to Dental Assisting2
ORBG 5002Chairside Dental Assisting3
ORBG 5004Dental Radiology Lecture and Lab2
ORBG 5005Dental Anatomy1
ORBG 8021Microbiome3
ORBG 8022Microbiome Techniques2
ORBG 8023Craniofacial Bone Biology and Maxillofacial/Dental Orthopedic Care2
ORBG 8024Regeneration of Bone and Dental Hard Tissues1
ORBG 8025Temporomandibular Joint Biology2
ORBG 8028Basic and Advanced Statistical Methods3
ORBG 8029Behavioral Change Theories and Practice2
ORBG 8031Biomaterials2
ORBG 8032Practical Clinical Practice3
ORBG 8034Advanced Practical Clinical Practice3
ORBG 8035Introduction to Orthodontics2
ORBG 8036Molecular Technology for Translation to the Dental Clinic2
ORBG 8037Science of Taste Sensation and Relation with Oral Conditions1
Orthodontics
ORTG 8407History of Orthodontics1
ORTG 8414Growth and Development of the Craniofacial Complex2
Periodontology
PERG 8313Conscious Sedation2

Culminating Events:
Qualifying Exam Presentation:
Prior to commencing the master's project, the student’s Master's Advisory Committee (MAC) must formally accept the project plan. All students must establish a MAC for their scholarly activity, which reviews and approves the student’s proposed master's protocol and monitors the student’s progress. The committee should consist of a primary faculty research mentor who serves as committee chair, another faculty member who has expertise in the area of research, and a third faculty member from another department who may have expertise in the area to be studied.

The primary research mentor must be a member of the Temple University graduate faculty and approved by the Chair of the student's home academic department at the Kornberg School of Dentistry or the Assistant Dean for Advanced Clinical Education. The MAC must include members of at least two different departments at the Kornberg School of Dentistry, one of which must be the academic department representing the student’s area of research. MAC members may include experts from outside of Temple University. In addition, the Assistant Dean for Advanced Clinical Education may serve as an ex-officio member of the committee. The majority of members of the MAC must be members of the graduate faculty. The committee has responsibility for submitting grades for OHSC 9993 Master's Research Qualifying Examination, OHSC 9995 Master's Thesis Research, and OHSC 9996 Master's Thesis in Oral Biology.

The comprehensive project plan is reviewed by members of the student’s MAC and is then presented by the student in a qualifying exam presentation to demonstrate appropriate understanding of the project. This proposal contains an introduction, theories, hypotheses, scholarly literature review, research methods, proposed alternatives, and any other issues relevant to the project.

Master's Research Project:
All students, regardless of their chosen track, complete a scholarly work acceptable to their MAC. The thesis may be an original research investigation, a self-directed capstone project, or a systematic review:

  1. The original research investigation demonstrates the student's ability to design and carry out original research, and to analyze, interpret, and present the resulting data under the supervision of an approved research mentor. The thesis must address a well-focused, scientifically meaningful question and a hypothesis that is of adequate scope and significance to qualify for an M.S. degree.
  2. The self-directed capstone project results from the student's applying what has been learned throughout the course of graduate study in the examination of a specific idea. Successful projects are those that have added to the technological and practical advancements involved in the oral health sciences field. Capstone projects identify, define, and research a pertinent problem or opportunity in a real-world setting and develop the means to address it. The findings and end product should be something that can be readily implemented and used.
  3. A systematic review summarizes the results of available, carefully designed healthcare studies (controlled trials) and provides a high level of evidence on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions. Judgments may be made about the evidence and inform recommendations for healthcare. These reviews are complicated and depend largely on the available clinical trials, the quality of the trials conducted, and the health outcomes that were measured. Review authors pool numerical data about the effects of the treatment through the process of meta-analyses. Authors then assess the evidence for any benefits or harms from those treatments. In this way, systematic reviews are able to summarize the existing clinical research on a topic.

Each project is unique to the student’s program and, therefore, the student must continuously consult with her/his MAC to ensure that her/his project is proceeding in a timely manner and is consistent with the qualifying exam presentation. When appropriate, a written manuscript must be submitted and orally defended to the student’s MAC. The master's candidate is then invited by her/his MAC to give a formal presentation of her/his project that shall be announced and open to the faculty of the Kornberg School of Dentistry. The date and location are arranged by mutual agreement between the candidate and the MAC. The presentation must meet standards outlined by the MAC regarding foundation, organization, relevance, and practicality of results.