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Comprehensive Oral Health Research Training Program

Principal Investigator: Pam Den Besten, DDS, MS

COHORT is a multi-track training program initiated in July 2001. It includes programs for both PhD and DDS/PhD student as well as one- to three-year postdoctoral training programs for students .

The DDS/PhD program enrolls an average of two candidates per year. This program integrates the DDS curriculum with one of four PhD programs. Trainees pursue an integrated course of studies that includes: fundamental training in basic sciences emphasizing areas relevant to oral health care; supervised research experience leading to a PhD degree in oral and craniofacial sciences; and fundamental education and clinical training in dentistry through our vertically integrated curriculum, leading to the DDS. We offer an exceptional environment for this program because of the outstanding biomedical research strengths of our campuses coupled with our unique and innovative clinical programs .