Courses

The listing of a course description here does not guarantee a course’s being offered in a particular semester. Please refer to the published schedule of classes on the Student Link for confirmation a class is actually being taught and for specific course meeting dates and times.

  • SDM MD 520: General Pathology
    This course covers the fundamental concepts of modern pathology and explains how to apply the process of differential diagnosis in the major human diseases. Pathologic mechanisms and principles of most organs and systems of the body are discussed, with emphasis on those most relevant to oral health and care of dental patients. The course includes lectures by the School of Medicine Pathology faculty and Integrated Problem Sessions presented by students.
  • SDM MD 530: Pharmacology
    This course addresses the pharmacologic principles that underlie the appropriate clinical use of therapeutic agents. The efficacy and toxicity of major classes of drugs are covered with emphasis on implications in dentistry, including side effects in the oral cavity and drug interactions.
  • SDM MD 531: Pharmacology
    This course addresses the pharmacologic principles that underlie the appropriate clinical use of therapeutic agents. The efficacy and toxicity of major classes of drugs are covered with emphasis on implications in dentistry, including side effects in the oral cavity and drug interactions.
  • SDM OB 511: Oral Biology I
    This course is a comprehensive consideration of the embryology, microscopic and macroscopic structure, and functions of the orofacial complex. Material from the other basic sciences is expanded and related to the oral cavity. Emphasis is on the normal state of oral health.
  • SDM OB 520: Oral Biology II
    The second-year course in oral biology expands on concepts introduced in the first year. Emphasizes specific oral structures and functions and introduces the biology of oral disease states. Includes a section on clinical nutrition as it relates to systemic diseases and oral health.
  • SDM OB 763: Basic Processes in Oral Biology
    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 their relevance to mineral homeostasis.; Oral immunology as it pertains to constructive and destructive oral tissues. 1st and 2nd sem.
  • SDM OB 766: Oral Immunology & Microbiology
    Immunology section: 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 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. Microbiology section: The purpose of this course is to examine the complex microbial ecology of the mouth, with focus on the key microbes involved in dental diseases. The course 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. This course will attempt to link microbial clinical problems with basic infectious disease concepts, for a well informed approach to treatment.
  • SDM OB 830: Research Writing
    Identifies and defines the components and uses of research protocol, the underlying research methodology and data, and the construction of a prudent work schedule essential to complete a research project. Includes the development of a protocol based on the student's thesis topic. 1st sem.
  • SDM OB 850: Oral Biology Journal Club
    Weekly review and discussion of current pertinent literature in oral biology and related fields. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th sem.
  • SDM OB 852: Oral Biology Journal Club
    Weekly review and discussion of current pertinent literature in oral biology and related fields. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th sem.
  • SDM OB 991: Research: Oral Biology
    Research to satisfy the requirements for the MS, MSD, DSc, DScD, and PhD degrees. Thesis and dissertation projects conducted in any of the biomedical sciences with focus on oral structures and/or functions. For the DSc. DScD or PhD degrees a dissertation defense is required. 1st-10th sem. As relevant credit requirements depends on the academic degree. Please see description above.
  • SDM OB 992: Research: Oral Biology
    Research to satisfy the requirements for the MS, MSD, DSc, DScD, and PhD degrees. Thesis and dissertation projects conducted in any of the biomedical sciences with focus on oral structures and/or functions. For the DSc. DScD or PhD degrees a dissertation defense is required. 1st-10th sem. As relevant credit requirements depends on the academic degree. Please see description above.
  • SDM OB 993: Research: Oral Biology
    Research to satisfy the requirements for the MS, MSD, DSc, DScD, and PhD degrees. Thesis and dissertation projects conducted in any of the biomedical sciences with focus on oral structures and/or functions. For the DSc. DScD or PhD degrees a dissertation defense is required. 1st-10th sem. As relevant credit requirements depends on the academic degree. Please see description above.
  • SDM OB 994: Research: Oral Biology
    Research to satisfy the requirements for the MS, MSD, DSc, DScD, and PhD degrees. Thesis and dissertation projects conducted in any of the biomedical sciences with focus on oral structures and/or functions. For the DSc. DScD or PhD degrees a dissertation defense is required. 1st-10th sem. As relevant credit requirements depends on the academic degree. Please see description above.
  • SDM OB 995: Research: Oral Biology
    Research to satisfy the requirements for the MS, MSD, DSc, DScD, and PhD degrees. Thesis and dissertation projects conducted in any of the biomedical sciences with focus on oral structures and/or functions. For the DSc. DScD or PhD degrees a dissertation defense is required. 1st-10th sem. As relevant credit requirements depends on the academic degree. Please see description above.
  • SDM OD 510: Oral Diagnosis/Radiology I
    This web-based course is designed to introduce basic radiology concepts to pre-doctoral dental students. Students will gain knowledge of the basic concepts of how x-rays are created and interact, as well as a familiarity with dental radiographic techniques. This course includes training of students to analyze the biological effects of ionizing radiation.
  • SDM OD 522: Oral Diagnosis and Radiology II
    This course presents advanced imaging techniques including extraoral imaging, panoramic imaging and digital imaging. Lectures and case presentations will prepare the students to analyze radiographs and be proficient in interpretation of caries, periodontal disease and periapical pathology. The students will also gain knowledge of the radiographic features of various jaw diseases including cysts, tumors, fibro-osseous lesions, systemic disease, infections and developmental diseases affecting the oral tissues.
  • SDM OD 531: Oral Medicine
    Lectures and case presentations in this course illustrate the diagnosis and treatment of oral mucosal lesions, oral manifestations of systemic diseases and their effects on comprehensive oral health care. The goal of the course is to develop students' competency in the use of critical thinking and problem solving related to the comprehensive care of patients with oral diseases.
  • SDM OD 642: Clinical Radiology
    This course is clinical rotation where students expose radiographs on new patients. They expose both intraoral and panoramic radiographs. They interpret radiographs they expose on patients. Students are provided with series of cases, to broaden their horizon on manifestation of disease and give them an insight into radiographic interpretation.
  • SDM OD 644: Clinical Urgent Care
    Students are periodically assigned to the dental emergency clinic. Under the supervision of the attending faculty students have the opportunity to gain experience in clinical diagnosis, completing and interpreting diagnostic tests and radiographs and provide or recommend the urgent treatment required to manage patients with acute dental emergencies. Emphasis is on promoting critical thinking, independent clinical and radiographic diagnosis and correct triage to meet patients' chief complaint and appropriate treatment and course of action, as well as to present alternative treatments options. An important component of the course is considering the need for appropriate time management as well as issues pertaining to patients' health promotion.