The Department of Periodontics at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry offers a three-year graduate program in periodontics leading to a Master of Science degree in
Periodontics. This program is approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Graduate College and is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission of Dental Accreditation.
The focus of the program is to educate graduate students in clinical periodontics and relevant basic sciences as well as principles of scientific investigation. An original research project dissertation and thesis defense is required for completion of the Master’s of Science in Periodontics program.
A full-time program director and Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology is responsible for all graduate program activities together with the chair of the Department of Periodontics. At this time, the same periodontal faculty is responsible for both, department chair and graduate program director.
The start date for this three-year program (36 months) course of study in graduate periodontics is July 1 of each year.
The program provides a variety of clinical, didactic and research experiences. The clinical experiences available are broad based upon a large number of patients requiring periodontal care including replacement of missing teeth by placement of dental implants. This patient care is the foundation of our graduate program having as pillars scientific evidence, clinical and translational research and always aiming for excellence in periodontal care to all our patients. The Department of Periodontics believes in “commitment to care” at all levels, personal and to others as well as to our physical facilities and to our profession. A graduate student needs to understand the core of our department and what we are trying to build and become in the state of Oklahoma and the nation. The graduate periodontal student needs to be receptive to instruction and understand that only excellence in patient care will lead to excellence in teaching, learning and excellence in their future as periodontists. The periodontal faculty provides direct patient care, demonstrations and supervision of the graduate periodontal clinic.
Graduate students will interact with other residents and graduate students in the College of Dentistry and OUHSC. Periodontal graduate students will assist in the education of the pre-doctoral students not exceeding the time requirements in the program. There is a strong component, mainly in the summer semester, providing experiences in physical diagnosis, emergency medicine, ENT, oral maxillofacial surgery and anesthesiology. A periodontal research component is being built in the department in the areas of clinical and basic sciences research together with other departments in the OU Health Sciences Center which is already available for graduate students looking for a more meaningful and gratifying research project. Publications of well documented clinical cases with appropriate review of the literature is encouraged and supported in our program.
Graduates of our OU periodontal program are expected to be leaders in the field of periodontics.
Feel free to contact us if you need more information about the future of Periodontics at OU.
To apply to our Master’s of Science in Periodontics program follow this link.
For contact or future information:
Graduate Periodontics (405) 271-6531
Ms. Kelly McCown – Graduate Periodontal Program Coordinator
Eros Chaves, DDS, MS, DMD, MBA
Professor and Chair, Graduate Program Director