Graduate degrees: M.S. in oral science; Ph.D. in oral science
Website: http://www.dentistry.uiowa.edu/dental-research-oralscience-program

Graduate programs in oral science require that students complete courses from a core curriculum and conduct independent research leading to a thesis. The programs prepare graduates for careers in teaching and research.

Students must enroll in a professional certificate program offered by a College of Dentistry department in order to enroll in the Master of Science program in oral science. The following departments offer their certificate students the opportunity to earn M.S. degrees in oral science: endodontics, prosthodontics, operative dentistry, periodontics, and oral pathology, radiology, and medicine.

Oral Science Courses

ORSC:5200 Seminars in Dental Research0-1 s.h.

ORSC:5210 Dental Sciences Research Methodology0-2 s.h.

Practical, experimental procedures in dental research; literature and design; writing of research protocols. Offered summer session.

ORSC:5212 Statistical Methods for Dental Research0-3 s.h.

Descriptive methods, elementary probability, distributions, populations and samples, methods for analyzing percentage data and paired and unpaired measurement data, regression, correlation, and analysis of variance.

ORSC:5215 Research Design in Dentistry0-2 s.h.

Types of studies used in dentistry; design validity; sampling methodologies; major descriptive and experimental designs used in dental research; application of statistical tests to these designs. Offered spring semester.

ORSC:5220 Pathophysiology of Skin and Oral Mucosa0-2 s.h.

Biology of skin, oral mucosa; changes in behavior of the tissues in varied physiological, pathological conditions. Offered spring semesters of even years. Prerequisites: ORSC:5210.

ORSC:5240 Pathophysiology of the Pulp-Dentin Complex0-3 s.h.

Biology of tissue; emphasis on pathological changes. Offered spring semesters of even years. Prerequisites: ORSC:5210.

ORSC:5250 Current Concepts of Cariology0-2 s.h.

Etiology of dental caries; pathogenesis, development of preventive measures. Offered spring semesters of odd years. Prerequisites: ORSC:5210.

ORSC:5260 Bone and Tooth Support Structure and Implants0-2 s.h.

Biology of bone and periodontal structures; biologic basis for therapeutic use of dental implants. Offered fall semesters of odd years.

ORSC:5275 Oral Microbiology and Immunology0-2 s.h.

Principles of microbiology and immunology, aspects of microbial community development in the oral cavity, basic concepts of host/parasite interactions related to development of oral diseases; biological, immunological, and clinical manifestations induced by major oral pathogens. Offered spring semesters of odd years. Requirements: microbiology, biochemistry, and biology. Recommendations: immunology.

ORSC:5280 Advanced Dental Therapeutics0-1 s.h.

Antimicrobial, analgesic, related therapies; emphasis on drug/drug interactions, dental implications of chronic cardiovascular and central nervous system medications. Offered fall semesters.

ORSC:5600 Research in Oral Sciencearr.

Thesis research. Requirements: oral science M.S. or Ph.D. candidacy.

ORSC:5610 Independent Study0-3 s.h.

Opportunity to pursue in-depth study in a particular area of interest; students meet with faculty member to design plan of study.

ORSC:5620 Oral Sciences Colloquiumarr.

Presentations, seminars, and discussion sessions on research presentations; career and individual development plans for graduate and postdoctoral students in the oral sciences program.