The Periodontics Graduate Program at Indiana University is a 36 month program that offers a Master's of Science in Dentistry (MSD) Degree and a Certificate in Periodontics. Students also have a minor course of study, usually in Oral Pathology. The program consists of six full semesters and two summer sessions.¬† A comprehensive curriculum has been developed so that on completion the student will have attained the knowledge and skills necessary for successful clinical practice, or a position in academics or research.
¬†To prepare periodontal graduate students who will be proficient in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes; the replacement of lost teeth and their supporting structures by grafting or implanting natural and synthetic devices and materials; and, the maintenance of the health, function, comfort and esthetics of these structures and tissues.¬†
¬†¬†Goals and Objectives
- To provide scientific knowledge for the acquisition of diagnostic and therapeutic skills involved in clinical periodontics and implant dentistry.
- To develop skills for the critical evaluation of the dental literature, research, and new therapeutic techniques.
- To apply this knowledge and these skills effectively to the diagnosis and therapy involved in clinical periodontics and implant dentistry.
- To recognize other oral health and systemic problems and integrate their treatment into periodontal therapy and implant dentistry.
- To develop a general understanding of the theory and methods of performing research.
- To provide instructional skills that will enable graduates to effectively communicate knowledge of periodontics, oral medicine, and related subjects to their patients and in an academic environment.
- To foster the concept of lifelong learning, professional growth, and professional service to their patients and community.
- To prepare students who are educationally qualified and motivated to successfully challenge the qualifying and certifying examinations of the American Board of Periodontology and become Diplomates of the Board.