Didactic Program

The curriculum for MS students is approximately 60% clinical, 25% didactic, 10% research and 5% teaching; while Ph.D. students devote approximately 30% of their time to clinic, 35% to didactic and 35% to research. Clinical experience includes recognizing varying etiologies of moderate to advanced periodontal disease and treating between 75 and 100 cases.

The didactic portions of the MS and PhD programs consist of core courses and seminars taught by faculty throughout the School of Dentistry and Academic Health Center. PhD candidates interested in careers involving basic science research related to the field of periodontology may qualify for NIH-sponsored support through the Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training (MinnCResT) Program. Individuals seeking further information regarding a combined PhD/certificate should contact the Graduate Program in Oral Biology.

The Advanced Education Program in Periodontology is selected from the following courses:

14 credits in major, including Teaching & Evaluation in Dentistry; Methods in Research & Writing; Biostatistical Methods I; and Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations.

6 credits in related minor: Advanced Study in the Theory & Principles of Oral Medicine; Advanced Study in the Theory & Principle of Oral Radiology; Management Philosophy for Dental Practices; Conscious Sedation; Topics in Advanced Periodontology: Literature Review; Dental Implantology: A Multidisciplinary Approach; Oral Biology; Oral Microbiology; Genetics & Human Disease, and 10 thesis credits.

Additional course requirements: Head & Neck Anatomy; Physical Diagnosis in Oral Surgery; Adv. Clinical. Periodontology; Bact-Imm. Perio.; Perio. Clinical Seminar; Anatomy of Periodontium; Immunology; Ortho-Perio Seminar; Applied Gnathology; Perio/Pros Seminar; Special Oral Pathology; Anesthesia rotation; and ACLS certification.

Minimum Requirements for Degree Programs and a Certificate in Periodontology:

  • The certificate-M.S. program requires a minimum of 3 academic years while the certificate-Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 6 years.
  • Treatment of at least 80 cases with documentation including: medical history, oral examination, medical laboratory reports, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment plan, therapy completed, and case outcome. Proficiency must be shown in the various forms of therapy. Quality of care is emphasized rather than quantity of cases. Students are encouraged to provide therapy for as many of the various types of periodontal diseases as their clinic schedule permits. Various forms of periodontal disease include: gingivitis, refractory periodontitis, adult chronic periodontitis, juvenile periodontitis rapidly progressive periodontitis, periodontitis with systemic health considerations, occlusal disharmonies and others. Experience in treatment planning and the surgical placement of implants in a variety of intraoral locations is required. Two cases involving advanced periodontitis must be comprehensively documented according to the standards of the American Board of Periodontology and subsequently defended via an oral examination.
  • Attendance at every course, seminar, lecture or meeting recommended to the student.
  • Maintenance of a minimum B average in all credit courses. Written examinations are held each semester, as well as comprehensive examinations at the end of the training program.
  • Completion of a research project at selected level (M.S./Ph.D.) with authorship of a thesis that is acceptable to the Graduate School.
  • Completion of oral examination covering thesis project