UW School of Dentistry

Training Programs

Comprehensive Training Program in Interdisciplinary Oral Health Research

The mission of the University of Washington’s Comprehensive Training Program in Interdisciplinary Oral Health Research is to train highly qualified independent scientists who can successfully address basic, behavioral and clinical research questions to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health.

The program provides training opportunities that cover a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary oral health areas involving behavioral and clinical, as well as basic and translational science. Specific research areas supported by the training program include: 1) behavioral dental research (basic and applied), 2) biostatistics applied to oral and craniofacial health, 3) dental public health and health services, 4) oral/craniofacial epidemiology, 5) oral biology (e.g., craniofacial biology, development and disease, microbial/host interactions and immunology, orofacial structure and function, stem cell biology and tissue regeneration).

Training Opportunities

Training Program Opportunities

Pre-doctoral Training

Pre-doctoral trainees typically pursue a PhD degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Services or Oral Biology.

Combined DDS/PhD Training

Combined DDS/PhD trainees typically pursue a PhD in Oral Biology but with potential opportunities in Epidemiology, Biostatistics or Health Services.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Training for individuals who already have a doctoral degree (e.g., DDS, MD, or PhD)
The purpose of these postdoctoral fellowships is to place individuals who have completed doctoral level education into a dental research setting so they can gain additional skills in applying their expertise to dentally relevant basic or applied research. Postdoctoral trainees are expected to learn from the fellowship experience and make scientific contributions to the field. Those with DDS or other doctoral degrees may use the fellowship to pursue a research degree such as an MPH or PhD.

Postdoctoral Training for Non-US citizens/permanent residents

While eligibility for most post-doctoral fellowship positions is limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents, a limited number of positions are available to non- U.S. citizens / permanent residents who are dentists through an Interdisciplinary Regular Research Training Award (R90).

Financial Support

The trainees of the NIH National Research Service Awards (T-90) are eligible for a stipend (the amount is based on the annual NIH stipend levels at the time of the award), financial support to cover 60% of tuition cost and course fees (up to $14,862), health insurance, and $800 for travel related expenses.

Each trainee’s appointment is reviewed annually and renewal depends on mutual interest, satisfactory performance, and continued funding of the training program.

Pre-doctoral trainees and those in the DDS/PhD degree program are eligible for up to five years of NIH support; postdoctoral fellows can be supported for up to three years.