DMD/PhD Program-Purpose and Research Opportunities

The joint DMD-PhD degree program, established in 2012 is designed to train future leaders in academic research to tackle clinical disorders related to oral health. Students learn to apply modern research methods in a multidisciplinary environment. A key factor to the program is that students undergo their PhD training while also working to complete their 4th year of dental school, allowing them to fully develop and maintain all clinical skills. This structure also permits students to balance simultaneously their research and clinical responsibilities, a critical skill for a successful career in academic research.

Other key factors to the program are the numerous opportunities for PhD research training offered through the UF Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, within the Health Sciences Center. This PhD program consists of seven areas of research concentration: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, Genetics, Immunology and Microbiology, Molecular Cell Biology, Neuroscience, and in Physiology & Pharmacology. The faculty of the Department of Oral Biology and other research faculty, within the College of Dentistry are members of this program, as are research faculty in the diverse biomedical fields within the College of Medicine, including: Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Physiology & Functional Genomics.

The DMD-PhD program draws upon the exceptional professional clinical training by faculty in the College of Dentistry, while offering students outstanding PhD training by one of the many other research faculty in diverse biomedical fields, many as members of one of the numerous Centers and Institutes of the Health Sciences Center. Therefore, DMD-PhD students receive exceptional training in the methods, collaborative practice and ethics of modern basic science research, while acquiring a solid foundation in oral biology and the opportunity to broaden their research expertise in areas significantly impacted by oral health and disorders. Successful applicants must be highly qualified for admission to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences.

As a PhD student within the Health Sciences Center, there are opportunities to further acquire skills in team-oriented clinical and translational research through two programs offered by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. The first involves didactic coursework to earn a Certificate in Clinical & Translational Science. The second program is the Clinical & Translational Science Interdisciplinary Concentration. Completion of program requirements results in the award of an interdisciplinary concentration in Clinical & Translational Science. This program combines didactic coursework and mentored research that involves an additional aim or sub-aim of your PhD project conducted in collaboration and shared with another PhD student in the Health Sciences Center or another College of the University (e.g., Agricultural & Life Sciences, Engineering, Health & Human Performance, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Public Health & Health Professions and Veterinary Medicine).

 DMD-PhD: Curriculum Overview
 DMD-PhD: Application Process and Admission
 DMD-PhD: Tuition and Stipends
 DMD-PhD: Advanced Specialty Training Opportunity
 UFCD DMD-PhD Students