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Oral Health Sciences PhD (OHS PhD)

Interested in learning more about the Oral Health Sciences PhD Program?  Consider attending the one day Summer Conference on June 11, 2015.  
OHS Summer Conference Info.pdf

The doctor of philosophy degree in Oral Health Sciences is a program of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, offered through the School of Dentistry. The primary objective of this program is to train outstanding students to become leaders in academic research in oral health science.  Major areas of study include: developmental craniofacial biology; mineralized tissue biology and musculoskeletal disorders; oral and pharyngeal cancer; oral health disparities; oral infectious and immunologic diseases; oral sensory systems and central circuits; and tissue engineering and regeneration.

The Oral Health Sciences PhD program is primarily for outstanding students who have completed or will soon complete clinical dental training (DDS and/or specialty), those students who wish to combine a DDS with a PhD, or, clinical specialty and doctoral training. A strong background in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics at the university level is required. The Program is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Please, take the time to review the information on our webpages to learn more about the OHS PhD program, the requirements and the process of application.  Applications are accepted for admission to the doctoral program in Oral Health Sciences by December 5 through Rackham Graduate School.   Questions about application procedures and forms may be sent to

Date Event
June 1, 2014 Admission Cycle Opens for OHS PhD through Rackham
October 25, 2014 Applicants for Dual Degree DDS/PhD Closes
November 17 - 21, 2014 Interviews for Dual Degree DDS/PhD Program
December 5, 2014 OHS PhD Application Cycle Closes
December 16, 2014 First Round of Acceptance Offers for Dual Degree DDS/PhD Program
January 20, 2015 OHS PhD Selection Cycle Opens
February 13, 2015 First Round of Acceptance Offers for OHS PhD Program

Applications to the Graduate School at the University of Michgian must be received on or before December 5, 2014. 

Dual Degree (DDS/PhD) Applications are due October 25, 2014.  The DDS/PhD Program requires application to both programs, please review the DDS requirements and deadlines at  Because of the rolling basis of the admisions process, applicants are urged to apply much earlier than the application deadline.


The OHS program is offering a MS/PhD training opportunity to individuals who have been chosen to be future faculty and are fully supported by their University, Institution/Organization or Government to pursue rigorous clinical specialty and basic science training in oral health sciences. The prospective applicants with a DDS/DMD or equivalent degree should apply to the specialty program of their interest and OHS PhD program at the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, separately.  Applicants must be successfully accepted into both the specialty and the PhD program.