Program goals are to provide research opportunities applying the scientific method to an oral health problem and provide graduate-level didactic instruction in the basic sciences. For students with a clinical degree, the research component and didactic instruction enhance understanding of the clinical courses in dental specialty residency programs.
The Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology program focuses on biological processes that contribute to normal development and disease processes of the oro-facial complex. Based in the Dental College of Georgia, this interdisciplinary program spans the spectrum of biomedical sciences specialties to include Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Pathology. The oral biology investigators have a wide range of research interests including oral cancer, bone metabolism, tissue regeneration, properties and biocompatibility of biomedical materials, oxidative stress and inflammation, diabetes and hypertension.
Combined M.S./D.M.D. and PhD./D.M.D. programs require admission to the Dental College of Georgia as a dental student. At the end of the second year of dental school, the student begins a course of study working toward the graduate degree requirements. The student then re-enters the dental school to complete the D.M.D. degree requirements. Requirements include: