HSDM educates educators, boasts a core strength in bone biology research, and offers students public health opportunities in local communities and across the globe.
Students experience an intellectual rigor that reflects the biological underpinnings of oral and systemic health, the value of evidence-based research, and the importance of clinical study. Since oral health and general health are interconnected, HSDM’s predoctoral (DMD) students study clinical medicine with Harvard medical students for two years; two additional years of intensive, interdisciplinary clinical science education at HSDM and affiliated extramural sites build upon this foundation. Advanced graduate students, who work toward a doctor of medical sciences (DMSc), master of medical sciences (MMSc) degree, PhD, or specialty certificate, also draw upon the richness of the educational facilities and research institutes of the broader Harvard community and greater Boston area. In addition, the Dean’s Scholars pursue careers in academia and investigate avenues of research to improve human health with widespread implications for future therapies. In fact, a majority of HSDM graduates pursue careers in academia, research, or leadership in national professional organizations.
The only school in the University that offers direct patient care, HSDM has its own clinical facility. The School brings together clinicians and researchers, innovating science into practice, fostering inter- and multidisciplinary learning and discovery, and creating an academic environment in which oral health education, research, and patient care occur simultaneously—each informing and improving the others. HSDM students make their marks in prevention, discovery, and practice as they work to improve the health and well-being of local and global populations.