UW School of Dentistry


DDS/PhD combined training is available for students committed to an academic or research career in dentistry and dental research. This is a 7 year program combining the DDS curriculum with a PhD in Oral Biology.


  • Educate committed individuals for future academic positions in a manner that provides the best possible dual training and minimizes debt load.
  • Students will have an opportunity to have continued clinical practice so there is no break in use of clinical skills.
  • Students finishing this program will be prepared to go into clinical specialty training after completing their PhD This will prepare them for faculty positions and give an excellent opportunity to connect their research training and clinical experience.


  • Keeps normal dental curriculum intact for years 1-4
  • Takes advantage of already existing SURF program for entering students the first year.
  • Additional course work in summers during SURF program and other quarters as arranged.
  • DDS to be conferred in spring of year 4.
  • Clinical experience to continue in years 5-7 via Intramural Practice or other arrangement.
  • Financial support available; details will be arranged each year.


  • Students may be eligible for funding by an NIH training grant beginning the 1st or 2nd year. This would provide a stipend and partial tuition costs.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to apply for an individual DDS/PhD fellowship through NIH. The best timing would be submission of the application beginning their 4th year.
Curriculum milestones
Curriculum Milestone
Summer 0-1 SURF Research (rotation 1)
Biostatistics Class
Academic year 1 Normal Dental Curriculum
Summer 1-2 SURF Research (rotation 2)
Molecular Biology Class
Academic year 2 Normal Dental Curriculum Identify PhD mentor
Summer 2- 3 Normal Dental Curriculum National Boards Part I
Academic year 3 Normal Dental Curriculum
Summer 3 – 4 Normal Dental Curriculum National Boards Part II
Academic year 4 Normal Dental Curriculum
ORALB 600, Independent Research
(write research proposal)
DDS – spring
WRBoards – sum
End of year 4
Academic year 5 PhD Coursework & Research
Academic year 6
Clinical Practice
PhD Research PhD General Exam
(winter – spring)
Academic year 7
Clinical Practice
PhD Research PhD Defense
Approx end of year 7

Note: This is a general outline of the DDS/PhD curriculum and may vary depending on the individual student, for example, didactic and clinical performance, research progress, etc.

Following is a summary of the PhD required coursework for the Program. It is not as extensive as the PhD only Program.

PhD required coursework for program.
Required PhD Coursework CONJ Courses
Any two courses – includes PABIO 536
3 credits minimum required
DPHS 568 – Biostatistics
ORALB 575 – Seminar (repeating) Any Two Courses from the Following
ORALB 578 – Research Techniques
ORALB 579 – Molecular Microbiology ORALB 569 – Oral Microbiology
ORALB 580 – Molecular Biology Laboratory ORALB 581 – Secretory Process in Exocrine Glands
ORALB 600 – Independent Study/Research ORALB 591 – Craniofacial Development
ORALB 800 – Dissertation (27 credits needed)

See the PhD course listings for detailed information regarding the above courses and available electives.