Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the D.D.S. (or equivalent): 18
Additional Credits Required, including Research and Original Thesis, as described below: up to 12

Required Courses:

ORBG 8011Molecular Oral and Craniofacial Biology1
ORBG 8012Advanced Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics1
ORBG 8013Introduction to Evidence-Based Dentistry1
ORBG 8014Clinical Anatomy of the Head and Neck1
ORBG 8015Research Methodology and Study Design1
ORBG 8016Cases in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology1
ORBG 8017Oral Microbiology and Immunology1
ORBG 8018Biostatistics1
ORBG 8019Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology1
Additional courses specific to the interests of the student may include: 19
Pain in Dentistry: Diagnosis and Control
Pulp Biology I
Periapical Biology I
Biologic Basis of Disease
Endodontic Microbiology/Immunology
Current Endodontics Literature Review
Classical Endodontics Literature Review
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Conference
Orthodontic Biomechanics
History of Orthodontics
Craniofacial Cephalometrics
Current Literature Review
Growth and Development of the Craniofacial Complex
Biology and Pathology of the Periodontium
Introduction to Oral Implantology
Advanced Periodontal Microbiology and Immunology
Current Periodontal Literature Review
Oral Implantology Literature Review
Oral Pathology Laboratory Rotation
Total Credit Hours18

Culminating Events:
A thesis based on original investigation must be submitted and orally defended. The thesis is intended to demonstrate the student's ability to design and carry out original research, and to analyze, present, and interpret the resulting data under the direct supervision of an approved research preceptor. The thesis must address a well-focused, scientifically meaningful question and hypothesis that is of adequate scope and significance to qualify for an M.S. degree.

The date and location of a student's oral thesis defense is arranged by mutual agreement between the student and the Thesis Advisory Committee, which includes the student's research preceptor. Announcements of the thesis defense are posted at the Kornberg School of Dentistry.

The student's Thesis Advisory Committee is responsible for evaluating the thesis and its oral defense. The Thesis Advisory Committee is selected in conjunction with the approved research preceptor, who serves as the committee chair. The research preceptor must be a member of the Oral Biology graduate faculty, and approved by the Chair of the student's home academic department at the Kornberg School of Dentistry. The Thesis Advisory Committee must include at least one member (including the research preceptor) of the student's home academic department at the School of Dentistry, plus at least one outside member. The one outside member may include Temple University faculty from other departments and/or experts from outside the University. In addition, the Associate Dean for Graduate Education may serve as ex-officio member of the Thesis Advisory Committee. The majority of the members of the Thesis Advisory Committee must be members of the Oral Biology graduate faculty.