Oral Health Sciences PhD (OHS PhD)

The doctor of philosophy degree in Oral Health Sciences is a program of the Rackham Graduate School, offered at 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 dent-ohsphd@umich.edu.

Monday, June 10, 2019 we will host a Summer Conference for individuals interested in learning more about the OHS PhD program.  

Date Event
June 1 Admission Cycle Opens for OHS PhD through Rackham
October 25 Applicants for Dual Degree DDS/PhD Closes
November 16-20 Interviews for Dual Degree DDS/PhD Program
December 5 OHS PhD Application Cycle Closes

Applications to the Graduate School at the University of Michigan must be received on or before December 5th to be considered for the following year's admission.

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

Future Faculty Track OHS PhD (FFT):  The OHS program is offering PhD or 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.