Graduate Pediatric Dentistry Course Descriptions

  • DSCI 600-Anatomy. A study of the gross structure of the head and neck by a systematic dissection, supplemented by lectures and demonstrations.
  • DSCI 602-Oral Embryology and Histology. Lectures and discussions on the embryological development of the face and dental structures. Histophysiology of enamel, dentin, pulp, caries, and pulpal disease. Study of the periodontal diseases, oral mucosa and tongue.
  • DSCI 603-Biostatistics. This course in biostatistics is designed to introduce the student to widely used methods for the analysis of experimental and observational data with orientation toward statistical inference from dental research.
  • DSCI 705-Advanced Oral Pathology. This course deals with the nature and cause of diseases of the tissues of the mouth and teeth, thereby establishing a comprehensive background for the field of oral diagnosis and treatment as applied to Pediatric Dentistry. Etiological factors are stressed. The course is presented by lectures and slides.
  • DSCI 653-Human Growth and Development. This course provides an overview of the events of human growth and the analytic approaches used to study growth, particularly from birth to adulthood. Discussions center around the nature of growth, mechanisms of growth, general body development, and genetic and environmental influences on growth. Emphasis is given to the head and neck region. First half of semester.
  • ORTH 755-Craniofacial Growth. Topics in growth malformations and dysplasias are presented. The etiology, presentation, differential diagnosis, and orthodontic treatment of comparatively common pharyngeal arch syndromes and sequences are described, with extended discussion of cleft lip and palate. Second half of semester.
  • PDCH 604-Experimental Design and Research Methods. This course is an introduction to research, including methods for designing experiments and evaluating the experimental data.
  • DSCI 609-Pharmacology. Recent advances in pharmacology particularly as related to the pediatric patient are discussed in this course.
  • PDCH 622-Dental Pediatrics I. The course entails discussions pertaining to the physical, craniofacial, and oral development of the child. Fluoride therapy, and childhood injury and prevention is presented. The student is also introduced to hospital and medical emergency protocol.
  • PDCH 623-Dental Pediatrics II. The course entails discussions pertaining to the emotional, cognitive, language, and social changes in the maturing child. The concepts of interceptive guidance and orthodontics are introduced. Theory regarding nonpharmacologic behavior management is presented.
  • PDCH 722-Dental Pediatrics III. The course entails discussions pertaining to genetics, physically and mentally disabled patient and/or associated craniofacial syndromes. Indications and preparation for pharmacologic behavior management is introduced.
  • PDCH 723-Dental Pediatrics IV. Recognition of infection, differential diagnosis for disease and treatment of infectious diseases, pediatric dental techniques and appliances for physical tissue destruction, and nutrition are presented.
  • DSCI 659-Radiology and Cephalometrics. This course provides a thorough understanding of craniofacial radiographic techniques with emphasis on cephalometric roentgenography. This course is designed to acquaint the student with the use of xrays, radiation hygiene, pathology and cephalometric techniques to assure proficiency in technical skills and in interpretation as needed for diagnostic procedures. This course includes both lecture and laboratory instruction.
  • PDCH 646, 647, 746, and 747-Literature Review I, II, III, IV. The literature review is designed to keep the postdoctoral student familiar with the current scientific literature as well as to prepare the individual for board certification. Topics which are addressed include: physical, psychological and social child development, behavior management, infant oral health, oral prevention of disease and trauma, histophysiology of pulp and oral disease, pain and anxiety control, dental materials, management of the developing dentition, management of the medically compromised patient, trauma, and medical ethics.
  • PDCH 648, 649, 748 and 749-Case Analysis and Presentations I, II, III & IV. The student presents patient clinical examination records, models, radiographs and other diagnostic aids utilized to form a diagnosis and treatment plan. The diagnosis and treatment plan is presented to faculty and colleagues for critical review and analysis. Pediatric dental laboratory techniques and clinical dentistry are introduced to the postgraduate student.
  • PDCH 635-Pediatric Dental Research I. The student is required to complete a research project in the field of pediatric dentistry and write a publishable research paper prior to program graduation. This course teaches the theory and practice of investigative research studies including methods for designing experiments, evaluating experimental data and writing a research proposal.
  • PDCH 636-Pediatric Dental Research II. This course encompasses the activities necessary to write a formal research proposal including a full literature review, statement of material and methods, appropriate data analysis techniques and associated resource requirements.
  • DSCI 713-Microbiology and Immunology. The ten hour seminar is conducted with the assistance of basic science faculty members with expertise in the areas of microbiology, allergy and immunology. Included are lectures on classification, morphology, Gram staining, attachment, structure, culture, metabolism, identification and colonization of microorganisms, periodontopathic bacteria, bacterial metabolism, virulence factors and attachment mechanisms. Host defense presentations include lectures on ‘T’ and ‘B’ cells, antigens, mitogens, antibody medicated reactions, humoral and cell mediated interactions, cytokines, laboratory immunologic assays and their clinical significance.
  • PERI 737 - Lectures in Internal Medicine This series of lectures-seminars, is combined with a variable length rotation in internal medicine to provide the resident with the opportunity to review with medical experts, certain common medical conditions which may relate directly or indirectly to the severity and management of the patient’s periodontal condition. Included are presentations in transplant therapy, the pharmacologic management of the transplant patient, psychiatric conditions and their impact on management of the dental patient, hematologic considerations for the dental patient, management of the patient with a history of need for infective endocarditis prophylaxis, cardiovascular considerations in the management of the dental patient, endocrinologic consideration for the dental patient, management of the hypertensive dental patient and anaphylaxis and drug reactions.
  • ORTH 856-Craniofacial Anomalies. The pediatric graduate student must be trained to deal with patients who present with various skeletal and dental anomalies. This course’s purpose is to cover the literature on various syndromes and developmmental anomalies that affect the teeth and the face. Visiting lecturers from across the spectrum of healthcare delivery address the class and explain the intricacies of dealing with these problems from the perspective of their respective specialty.
  • PDCH 735-Pediatric Dental Research III. This course encompasses the activities necessary to conduct a formal research investigation in the field of pediatric dentistry and prepare a publishable paper based on the findings of the investigation
  • PDCH 736-Pediatric Dental Research IV. This course encompasses the activities necessary to complete a formal research investigation in the field of pediatric dentistry and prepare a publishable paper based on the findings of the investigation.
  • PDCH 850-Thesis I. This course focuses on the development of a research protocol and project completion leading to the thesis required for the Master of Science Degree
  • PDCH 851-Thesis II. This course focuses on the development of a research protocol and project completion leading to the thesis required for the Master of Science Degree. The preparation of the thesis is finalized and the oral defense is conducted.
  • DSCI 610-Graduate Oral Biology. This course provides the graduate dental student expanded knowledge of physiological and biochemical principles in and about oral function. Topics are selected to develop an awareness of the oral environment as an integral part of a whole unit of function. Lectures are concerned with respiration, speech, deglutition, mastication, neurophysiology, bone and joint physiology and kinesiology particularly with regard to oral applications.