DDS/PhD Program

This program offers students the opportunity to obtain a DDS degree and PhD in the focus area of Craniofacial Oral-biology through the Dental School and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The goal of this program is to train students to become interactive, competitive clinician scientists who can perform sponsored research in dental and craniofacial-related areas as members of a dental school faculty. Two programmatic themes, Craniofacial Biomimetics and Craniofacial Pain and Response to Injury, are offered, providing basic science and clinical research opportunities. The PhD degree will be earned in the Graduate School ( The DDS/PhD program requires that trainees spend the first three years focusing on the graduate PhD component and to enter the customized dental school training component only after completion of the PhD qualifying exam. The remaining requirements of the PhD program (thesis research and preparation) will be conducted concurrently with requirements of the DDS curriculum. It is anticipated that the combined program will take at least seven years to complete. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their commitment and potential to pursue a career in academic dentistry.

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For research directed questions e-mail Dr. Michael A. Henry at
For program directed questions e-mail Noemi Hinojosa at



Forms and Instructions
1. General Instructions
2. Application Instructions
3. Application Form
4. Personal Statement/Career Goals
5. Recommendation Form