Courses

  • GMS OB 763: Basic Processes in Oral Biology
    An introductory survey course that examines biological processes at the cellular and molecular levels. Provides a basis to understand the events that regulate inflammation; wound healing; bone formation and resorption; salivary proteins and physiology; tooth development, eruption, and movement; and fluoride action. 2 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS OB 764: Basic Processes in Oral Biology
    An introductory survey course that examines biological processes at the cellular and molecular levels. Provides a basis to understand the events that regulate inflammation; wound healing; bone formation and resorption; salivary proteins and physiology; tooth development, eruption, and movement; and fluoride action. 2 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS OB 766: Oral Immunology and Microbiology
    This course has two modules: oral immunology and oral microbiology. The purpose of this course is to present material relative to the subject of oral immunobiology. The course will deal with the basics of the immune reaction from a subcellular level to an entire host reaction as they pertain to the etiology and pathogenesis of the disease processes in the oral cavity. This course will relate basic science findings to the clinical situations with an emphasis on treatment modalities for delivering clinical care. It is also the purpose of the course to provide an understanding of disease pathogenesis so that an informed basis of therapy can be recommended. The course will examine the complex microbial ecology of the mouth, with focus on the key microbes involved in dental diseases. The lectures will include the basic aspects of oral biofilm formation and microbial pathogenicity, with focus on the microbial diversity involved in caries, periodontal and periapical infections. There will be a short analysis of diagnostic microbial identification, as well as treatment modalities. The overall goal of the second module will be to link microbial clinical problems with basic infectious disease concepts, for a well informed approach to treatment. 2 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS OB 800: Advanced Oral Biology
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS OB763 and OB 764; GMS BI755 and BI 756
    This advanced course will explore in-depth current topics in oral biology research. The format of the course consists primarily of formal didactic lectures, but students will also be challenged to analyze experimental approaches and methods from current literature in a group-discussion "journal" club format in which papers from current literature are assigned and discussed. This course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge and to develop critical thinking abilities. Topics will include host molecular, cellular, and genetic bases of periodontal diseases; microbiology of periodontal diseases; molecular events in inflammation, wound healing, and periodontal tissue regeneration; molecular components and function of the periodontal ligament, cementum, and attachment structures; extracellular matrix accumulation and turnover in mineralized and non- mineralized tissues; the etiology and complications of diabetes, with emphasis on oral tissue pathology and mechanisms, biosynthesis and functions of oral mucins, endocrine-dependent periodontal changes, effects of growth factors on periodontal tissues and cells, biosynthesis and structure of salivary proteins, and mechanisms of non-immune antibacterial processes in the oral cavity. 4 cr, Fall sem. Not offered in 2017
  • GMS OB 805: Oral Biology Seminar
    All PhD candidates will attend a weekly seminar series organized by the Department of Oral Biology. Faculty and invited speakers will give seminars, as will students nearing completion of their thesis research projects. Students will be encouraged to suggest invited speakers. Enrollment in this course will be required for two years (2 credits per semester, for a total of eight credits). All PhD candidates are required to attend all seminars for their entire period of study. 2 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS OB 806: Oral Biology Seminar
    All PhD candidates will attend a weekly seminar series organized by the Department of Oral Biology. Faculty and invited speakers will give seminars, as will students nearing completion of their thesis research projects. Students will be encouraged to suggest invited speakers. Enrollment in this course will be required for two years (2 credits per semester, for a total of eight credits). All PhD candidates are required to attend all seminars for their entire period of study. 2 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS OB 900: Oral Biology Research
    Var cr
  • GMS OB 901: Oral Biology Research
    Var cr
  • GMS OH 685: Infectious Diseases: Pathogens and Clinical Manifestations
    This course is a fundamental course in infectious diseases, which will explore the principles of infection, host factors, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention. We will begin with background information regarding the broad spectrum of infectious agents and the key elements of host immune responses. We will then proceed to analyze infectious diseases and their associated clinical manifestations based on a thorough review of major organ systems. Throughout the course, we will incorporate clinical considerations that underscore important pathophysiologic, diagnostic, and therapeutic aspects of infectious diseases. 3 cr, 2nd sem
  • GMS OH 730: Physiology A/Dental
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor; must be Oral Health Sciences program
    This course presents the physiology of cells, tissues, organs and integrated body functions, including the physiological basis for the understanding of clinical conditions. An integrated approach is taken to endocrinology and reproduction. Hormonal aberrations and their end results in human are presented in clinical correlations. 6 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS OH 731: Physiology B/Dental
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS OH730 and consent of instructor; must be Oral Health Sciences program
    This course is a continuation of GMS OH 730. Students will be given the same grade for OH 730/731 upon completion of both courses. 2 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS OH 740: Microbiology and Immunology/Dental
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor; must be Oral Health Sciences program
    The overall goals of this course are to provide students with: (1) a basic background in microbiology, including the nomenclature, structure, physiology, genetics, mechanisms of pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations associated with the major pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses); (2) an understanding of how the basic principles of microbiology are integral to effective diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious disease, and (3) a basic background in immunology including the functions and disorders of the immune system. 4 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS OH 750: Prevention and Health Promotion in Dentistry
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor; must be Oral Health Sciences program
    The course introduces the concepts and techniques of dental public health, disease prevention and health promotion in dentistry and overall health. The course emphasizes current issues such as caries prevention, periodontal disease, and oral cancer prevention in the individual and community. 3 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS OH 751: Biochemistry/Dental
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor; must be Oral Health Sciences program
    This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic principles of modern biochemistry. The topics to be covered include an introduction to biochemistry and its importance to understanding oral health as well as proteins, enzymes, DNA, RNA and protein synthesis, sugar and lipid metabolism, hormones and second messengers and connective tissue biochemistry. In addition to the traditional lecture format, students participate in case-based presentations designed to integrate clinical cases with the material presented in class. 6 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS OH 770: Evidence Based Dentistry
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor; must be Oral Health Sciences program
    The goal of the Oral Health Sciences (OHS) Evidence Based Dentistry course is to provide students with a working understanding of basic research study design and analysis in order to promote critical reading of the scientific literature. Content will touch upon a wide range of experimental techniques in the clinical sciences as well as ethical issues in the oral health sciences. The focus will be on evidence based dentistry and both reasoning and critical thinking skills will be challenged. 2 cr, Fall sem.
  • GMS OH 771: Fundamentals of Head and Neck Anatomy
    This is a fundamental course relevant to students pursuing a future career in dentistry or its related areas of study. Since students have come from various backgrounds, the course will take a regional rather than the systems approach beginning with anatomic concepts in the oral cavity, palate, and pharynx presented from the standpoint of an oral examination. We will cover osteology of the skull, then regional anatomy, the brain, the spinal cord and the cranial nerves with their associations to the autonomic nervous system and their distributions in the head and neck. We will also focus on the anatomic basis for local anesthesia as well as the lymphatics, the vascular system, and the fascias of the head and neck. Additionally we will incorporate clinical considerations. 3 cr, 2nd sem.
  • GMS PA 510: Medical Immunology
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS FC701, FC702, FC703 or GMS BI751 & PH730
    Basic principles of immunology, with emphasis on their medical relevance, presented through interactive lectures and small group discussion sessions. Course co-taught with that offered to the first-year medical students. Stearns-Kurosawa, Remick, 2 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS PA 600: Introduction to Pathology and Pathophysiology of Disease
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS FC701, FC702, FC703 or GMS BI751 & PH730
    Lectures and interactive auto-tutorial case studies presenting the basic morphologic and functional changes associated with cell injury and death, inflammation, response to microorganisms, atherosclerosis, cancer, and organ system pathology. Slack, Mellott, 4 cr, Spring sem.
  • GMS PA 610: Biomed Immunology
    This online course uses interactive lectures and discussion sessions to cover key biomedical aspects of immunology: how the components of the immune system are generated and function against microbes, tumors and transplants; immune disorders including allergy, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency; vaccines, immunotherapeutics and immunodiagnostics. Sharon, 2 cr. either sem
  • GMS PA 700: Basic and Experimental Pathology
    Graduate Prerequisites: GMS FC701, FC702, FC703 or consent of instructor
    Basic principles of pathology are presented through lectures (students attend the GMS PA 600 lectures), and computer-assisted instruction. Related research articles and basic histology are discussed in small group session that complement the lectures. Blusztajn, 4 cr, Spring sem.