Prospective Students

Degree and Training Programs

This program includes a five-year study leading to a PhD in oral biology. The major goal of the program is to prepare researchers and scholars for careers in either academia, such as academic biology or dentistry, or industry, particularly in oral health related fields. The emphasis throughout the program is on the application of modern biological approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of oral diseases, as well as the understanding of normal oral function.

The minimum academic degree for entrance into the program is a BS degree. A graduate student who holds a DDS or DMD degree and is pursuing a PhD in oral biology may qualify for a training grant to fully support their studies for at least five years, if they are also a US citizen and a permanent resident.

Dual Degree (DDS/PhD) Program

Understanding the value of both graduate and clinical training, faculty in the College of Dentistry developed the curriculum for the integrated DDS/PhD program. This is a seven-year program leading to a DDS/PhD degree for students who are motivated to pursue both research and clinical careers.

The program is currently supported by a T32 Training Grant, the Comprehensive Training Grant in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (CTOC) program, which provides both tuition and stipend support to exceptional trainees..

Approximately two students are admitted into the dual-degree program each year. Acceptance by both the DDS and Oral Biology PhD programs is required for admission into this program.

Students interested in this program should contact Dr. John Sheridan at ctoc@osu.edu.

Dental Clinical Specialty/PhD Program

The program provides research training to outstanding DDS/DMD post-graduates who wish to earn a PhD degree. Advanced clinical residencies in some specialties integrated into PhD training are available. A US citizen and a permanent resident who holds a DDS or DMD degree and is pursuing training in an advanced clinical specialty within the Oral Biology PhD program may qualify for a training grant to fully support their studies for at least five years. Acceptance into both the specialty program and the Oral Biology PhD program is essential for admission into this program.

T32 Training Grant
Comprehensive Training in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences PhD Programs (Postdoctoral Trainees)

In this federally funded program, outstanding PhD graduates are recruited to engage in challenging research investigations in mentored laboratories.