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Periodontics and Oral Medicine

Graduate Programs

Graduate Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

Theodora Danciu, Director

Graduate Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology offers a broad range of training in microscopic (anatomic) pathology, clinical pathology, clinical oral pathology/oral medicine and research. The School of Dentistry runs an active oral and maxillofacial pathology biopsy service. Residents spend time in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan Hospital rotating through anatomic and clinical pathology, with broad exposure to all areas of microscopic pathology and an emphasis on head and neck pathology, dermatopathology and oral and maxillofacial pathology.  Oral pathology patients are seen in specialty clinics at the School of Dentistry, U-M Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor.  Research opportunities are available within the School of Dentistry, in the Department of Pathology at the Medical School and in other graduate divisions throughout the University.

Successful completion of the program will lead to a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and will qualify the graduate to take the specialty examination of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. A Master of Science in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is available through the Rackham Graduate School (Rackham Admissions). The opportunity to enroll in a PhD program in Oral Health Sciences is also available to qualified candidates.

Residents may be eligible for a competitive stipend and benefits. Applicants must be graduates from institutions in the U.S. accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and from institutions in Canada accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. 

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For more information, contact the SOD Office of Admissions:  phone 734-763-3316, email:

Graduate Periodontics

Hom-Lay Wang, Director

The Graduate Periodontics Program has three major objectives: (1) teach the scientific basis of specialty practice; (2) insure a high level of competence in the diagnosis of oral diseases, periodontics and dental implant treatment planning, comprehensive therapy, and follow-up of patients with periodontal diseases; and (3) develop future leaders in the specialty of Periodontics and in the larger dental arena, with an emphasis on research and clinical aspects.

The certificate program requires a minimum of 30 months. A flexible curriculum allows students to tailor courses to meet individual interests. Strong emphasis is placed on developing scholarly ability and technical proficiency, while maintaining a sense of professional responsibility and social obligation.  Courses include core periodontic courses, physiology, oral pathology, bacteriology, therapeutics, orthodontics, restorative dentistry, oral diagnosis, implants, conscious sedation and hospital dentistry. Classroom and clinic teaching experience is also required.

Clinical practice includes diagnosis of oral diseases, treatment planning and comprehensive therapy using current modalities of care, occlusal therapy, limited tooth movement, and conscious sedation. Patients with craniofacial dysfunction and patients requesting dental implant therapy will be evaluated and treated following a multidisciplinary protocol.

In addition to a certificate in periodontics, courses leading to Master of Science and PhD degrees are offered through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The PhD program is tailored to the individual student. Opportunities for research experiences at the clinical and basic science levels are available within the department, the school, and through other programs at the University. A major research focus of our department is development, maintenance and regeneration of hard and soft tissues lost as a consequence of disease, with strong emphasis on risk factors associated with periodontal disease and the older patient. A minimum of 45 semester credit hours, as well as a written thesis and oral defense, are required for an MS degree. 

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Graduate Periodontics Program

International Team for Implantology (ITI) Scholarship Center at the University of Michigan

ITI Scholarship Center
William Giannobile, Program Director,
Darnell Kaigler, Associate Program Director,

Housed primarily at the Clinical Research Core, ITI Scholars will also work closely with Graduate Students and Fellows in prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery at the School of Dentistry, providing a unique interdisciplinary experience. 

Department of Periodontics & Oral Medicine (POM)
U-M School of Dentistry
1011 N. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078 USA

Graduate Dental Hygiene

Anne Gwozdek, RDH, BA, MA, Director

Admission to the graduate dental hygiene program is limited to dental hygienists who hold a baccalaureate degree (BA, BS, or equivalent) and who have a good record of scholarship in their previous education. Upon successful completion of the program, including a thesis, the student is awarded the Master of Science degree by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The core consists of courses in research methodology, biostatistics, health care management, educational design, investigation leading to the thesis, leadership, and clinical and didactic teaching practicums. Graduates of the program are prepared to function in the roles of administrator, researcher, educator, and health promoter. The program is available on-campus or online.

For more information, see Graduate Dental Hygiene.