Periodontics, Certificate

Approved by the American Dental Association, the Periodontics program is designed to provide postdoctoral students with advanced training in periodontics and implantology. Upon successful completion of the program, students are issued a certificate in periodontics and are qualified for examination by the American Board of Periodontology. In addition to the core basic science courses required for all graduate students, the department arranges further basic science courses related to periodontics.

Other features of the program include clinical seminars, planned reading seminars, interschool symposia, and an extensive guest lecture series. The highly respected research environment at Penn Dental Medicine and throughout the University of Pennsylvania provides a valuable opportunity for students applying to post-doctoral programs to combine their specialty training with advanced research and academic opportunities.

Additional Program Options

Penn Dental Medicine also offers a Master of Science in Oral Biology (MSOB) and a Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) that can be earned concurrent with a specialty certificate, preparing students to successfully enter the field of academic dentistry while also becoming skilled clinicians in specialty care. Through the MSOB and DScD programs, students are encouraged to pursue their individual research interests with projects that can span the diverse disciplines and research labs within Penn Dental Medicine’s basic and clinical sciences and across the University.

Curriculum

Program Timeline

  • Academic Track
    • MSOB and Certificate: 3 years
    • DScD and Certificate: 5 .5 years
  • Clinical Certificate Track
    • Certificate only: 3 years

All Dental Medicine certificate students share a common core of required courses throughout the first year. In addition, students complete additional courses specific to their particular program. 

Program Requirements (Certificate Only)

  • Core Graduate Dental Education Courses (Year 1 only)
  • Program Specific Courses (Years 1 - 3 Didactic & Clinical)
  • Literature Review (Years 1 - 3)
  • Case Presentations (Years 1 - 2)
  • Program Seminars (Years 1 - 3)
  • Clinical Rotations (Years 1 - 3)

Core Graduate Dental Education Courses

Year 1
Fall
Clinical Microbiology
Ethics
Genetics, Embryology
Maxillofacial Radiology
Nitrous Oxide Analgesia
Practice Management
Pathology
Pulp/Dentin Biology
Head and Neck Anatomy
Advance Library
Spring
Cultural Competency
Pharmacology
Osteoimmunology
Oral Medicine
Nutrition & Oral Health
Wound Healing
Grand Rounds
Biostatistics
Pulp/Dentin Biology
Maxillofacial Trauma
Head and Neck Anatomy
Advance Library

Master of Science in Oral Biology

The School of Dental Medicine also offers a Master of Science in Oral Biology (MSOB). Enrollment in the MSOB program is limited to individuals concurrently registered in one of the postgraduate specialty training (certificate) programs. Candidates receive the MSOB degree after completion of both their specialty training and the Master’s curriculum, which consists of didactic, seminar, and research practicum courses. The MSOB program is comprised of two tracks designed for outstanding students who are interested in either integrating research or structured evidence-based learning into their post-graduate education.

Depending on the track selected, research activities or a systematic literature review form the core of the MSOB program. Students are expected to participate in a clinical or basic science research project of sufficient scope and intensity or a formally structured and critically evaluated literature review focused on an important oral health-related research or clinical question. A thesis composed of an in-depth review of the relevant literature along with a manuscript reporting the results of the research or a systematic review is required for graduation for the research and evidence-based learning tracks respectively.

Additional MSOB Course Requirements
DENT 996Intro To Statistics1.0
DENT 997Systematic Reviews1.0

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.