M.S. Oral Health Sciences Program

About the Program

Areas of study for the Oral Health Sciences M.S. program include traditional basic biomedical science disciplines, such as advanced biomaterials, advanced digital dentistry, advanced systematic review and critical thinking, anatomy, clinical pharmacology, contemporary laboratory techniques, neurophysiology of pain, oral microbiomes, and regenerative medicine, with emphasis on how these areas relate to oral health and disease. Study and research opportunities are offered in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to, advanced general dentistry, dental biomaterials, oral implantology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral microbiology and immunology, oral molecular biology, oral mucosal disorders, periodontal and craniofacial regeneration, pulp biology, and such clinical fields as endodontology, orthodontics, periodontology and implantology, and public health.

The goals of the Oral Health Sciences M.S. program are to:

  • advance knowledge and understanding in the scientific field of oral health sciences
  • develop "clinical scholars" in dentistry by offering an adaptive graduate-level education across a variety of dental disciplines applicable to oral health
  • offer oral healthcare professionals the opportunity to attain a deeper, more focused understanding of their respective disciplines
  • provide graduate-level training and experience in research methodology and technology to better qualify students for careers in academic and/or industry-related oral health activities

Areas of Specialization: Three tracks are offered:

  • Clinical Specialty: intended for post-graduate students enrolled in a CODA-accredited advanced training certificate program at the Kornberg School of Dentistry. Coursework in the students' respective post-graduate certificate program is used toward fulfilling the required 40 credits for the M.S. degree.
  • Clinical Internship: intended to be a stand-alone program for students who are not enrolled in an advanced training certificate program at the Kornberg School of Dentistry, but wish to broaden their understanding of clinical dentistry. The completion of a dental degree prior to admission into the Master's program is required for the Clinical Internship track.
  • Non-Clinical Internship: intended to be a stand-alone program for students with or without a dental degree who have an interest in advanced master's-level education in oral health sciences. The curriculum for students in the Non-Clinical Track does not include clinical courses. Previous education in dentistry is not required for admission into the Non-Clinical Internship track.


Program Requirements

Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate, D.D.S., D.M.D., or B.D.S. : 40

Required Courses:



Credit Hours

Core Courses


OHSC 8011

Molecular Oral and Craniofacial Biology


OHSC 8012

Advanced Dental Pharmacology and Therapeutics


OHSC 8013

Introduction to Evidence-Based Dentistry


OHSC 8014

Clinical Anatomy of the Head and Neck


OHSC 8015

Research Methodology and Study Design


OHSC 8016

Cases in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology


OHSC 8017

Oral Microbiology and Immunology


OHSC 8018



OHSC 8019

Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology


OHSC 8033

Bioethics and Critical Thinking in Dentistry


Research Courses


OHSC 9991

Research in Oral Health Sciences


OHSC 9993

Masters in Oral Health Sciences Qualification Exam


OHSC 9996

Master's Thesis in Oral Health Sciences


Additional Courses1


Total Credit Hours


1Students in the Clinical Specialty Track earn the additional 24 credits from coursework completed in their respective specialized area of study while enrolled in a CODA-accredited advanced training certificate program. Students in the Clinical Internship Track or Non-Clinical Track select their additional 24 credits from the electives identified below.

Approved Additional Courses for the Clinical Internship and the Non-Clinical Tracks

Dental Public Health
DPHS 8001 Foundations of Dental Public Health
DPHS 8002 Administration in Dental Public Health
DPHS 8003 Epidemiology and Prevention of Oral Diseases
DPHS 8004 The Role of Behavioral Science in Dental Public Health
DPHS 8005 Provision and Financing of Dental Public Health
ENDG 8112 Pulp Biology I*
ENDG 8113 Periapical Biology I*
ENDG 8114 Biologic Basis of Disease
ENDG 8116 Endodontic Microbiology/Immunology*
ENDG 8117 Systemic Diseases
ENDG 8122 Dental Traumatology*
Oral Health Sciences
OHSC 5005 Dental Anatomy
OHSC 8021 Microbiome
OHSC 8022 Microbiome Laboratory
OHSC 8023 Craniofacial Bone Biology and Maxillofacial/Dental Orthopedic Care
OHSC 8024 Regeneration of Bone and Dental Hard Tissues
OHSC 8025 Temporomandibular Join Biology
OHSC 8028 Basic and Advanced Statistical Methods
OHSC 8029 Behavioral Change Theories and Practice
OHSC 8031 Biomaterials
OHSC 8035 Introduction to Orthodontics
OHSC 8036 Molecular Technology for Translation to the Dental Clinic
OHSC 8037 Science of Taste Sensation and Relation with Oral Conditions
OHSC 8133 Introduction/Translational Molecular Technology
ORTG 8404 Orthodontic Biomechanics*
ORTG 8407 History of Orthodontics
ORTG 8408 Craniofacial Cephalometrics*
ORTG 8414 Growth and Development of the Craniofacial Complex
ORTG 8416 Clinical Biomechanics*
ORTG 8419 Orthodontic Principles and Techniques*
ORTG 8424 Biology of Tooth Movement*
PERG 8301 Introduction to Postgraduate Periodontology
PERG 8306 Introduction to Oral Implantology
PERG 8310 Classic Periodontal Literature Review*
PERG 8313 Conscious Sedation*
PERG 8320 Current Periodontal Literature Review*
PERG 8340 Oral Implantology Literature Review*

* only available for students in the Clinical Internship track


Culminating Events:

Qualifying Exam Presentation:

Prior to commencing the master's project, the student’s Master's Advisory Committee (MAC) must formally accept the project plan. All students must establish a MAC for their scholarly activity, which reviews and approves the student’s proposed master's protocol and monitors the student’s progress. The committee should consist of a primary faculty research mentor who serves as committee chair, another faculty member who has expertise in the area of research, and a third faculty member from another department who may have expertise in the area to be studied.

The primary research mentor must be a member of the Temple University graduate faculty and approved by the Chair of the student's home academic department at the Kornberg School of Dentistry or the Associate Dean for Graduate Education. The MAC must include members of at least two different departments at the Kornberg School of Dentistry, one of which must be the academic department representing the student’s area of research. MAC members may include experts from outside of Temple University. In addition, the Associate Dean for Graduate Education may serve as an ex-officio member of the committee. The majority of members of the MAC must be members of the graduate faculty. The committee has responsibility for submitting grades for OHSC 9991 Research in Oral Health Sciences, OHSC 9993 Masters in Oral Health Sciences Qualification Exam, and OHSC 9996 Master's Thesis in Oral Health Sciences.

The comprehensive project plan is reviewed by members of the student’s MAC and is then presented by the student in a qualifying exam presentation to demonstrate appropriate understanding of the project. This proposal contains an introduction, theories, hypotheses, scholarly literature review, research methods, proposed alternatives, and any other issues relevant to the project.

Master's Research Project:

All students, regardless of their chosen track, complete a scholarly work acceptable to their MAC. The thesis may be an original research investigation, a self-directed capstone project, or a systematic review:

  1. The original research investigation demonstrates the student's ability to design and carry out original research, and to analyze, interpret, and present the resulting data under the supervision of an approved research mentor. The thesis must address a well-focused, scientifically meaningful question and a hypothesis that is of adequate scope and significance to qualify for an M.S. degree.
  2. The self-directed capstone project results from the student's applying what has been learned throughout the course of graduate study in the examination of a specific idea. Successful projects are those that have added to the technological and practical advancements involved in the oral health sciences field. Capstone projects identify, define, and research a pertinent problem or opportunity in a real-world setting and develop the means to address it. The findings and end product should be something that can be readily implemented and used.
  3. A systematic review summarizes the results of available, carefully designed healthcare studies (controlled trials) and provides a high level of evidence on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions. Judgments may be made about the evidence and inform recommendations for healthcare. These reviews are complicated and depend largely on the available clinical trials, the quality of the trials conducted, and the health outcomes that were measured. Review authors pool numerical data about the effects of the treatment through the process of meta-analyses. Authors then assess the evidence for any benefits or harms from those treatments. In this way, systematic reviews are able to summarize the existing clinical research on a topic.

Each project is unique to the student’s program and, therefore, the student must continuously consult with her/his MAC to ensure that her/his project is proceeding in a timely manner and is consistent with the qualifying exam presentation. When appropriate, a written manuscript must be submitted and orally defended to the student’s MAC. The master's candidate is then invited by her/his MAC to give a formal presentation of her/his project that shall be announced and open to the faculty of the Kornberg School of Dentistry. The date and location are arranged by mutual agreement between the candidate and the MAC. The presentation must meet standards outlined by the MAC regarding foundation, organization, relevance, and practicality of results.