Orthodontics

The Advanced Graduate Education Program in Orthodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine focuses on providing our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out ethical, patient-centered, evidence-based orthodontic treatment. In addition, our aim is to graduate specialists who possess advanced technical skills, a comprehensive scientific foundation, a thirst for knowledge, and the capacity to become strong leaders in orthodontics education and research.

The program places equal emphasis on clinical ability, research skills, and leadership capacity. Admission to the program is highly competitive.

Open Positions in the Division of Orthodontics and the Department of Developmental Biology

The Department of Developmental Biology is seeking applications for the position of Program Head, Advanced Graduate Orthodontics Program at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  The Program Head oversees all aspects of the Advanced Graduate Orthodontics program including: the recruitment and admission of highly qualified applicants; the academic, clinical and oversight of research projects of the residents; the recruitment and calibration of part-time faculty; the development and maintenance of the program-specific curriculum; and the adherence to CODA accreditation standards. To be considered for this position, apply here.

The of  Division of Orthodontics in the Department of Developmental Biology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine is also seeking applications for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor position. The Department of Developmental Biology encompasses the clinical specialties of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, as well as scientists focused on basic research. To learn more about this position and to start the application process, click here.


Degrees Offered

MMSc (Master of Medical Sciences)/Certificate in Orthodontics

This program is directed toward the development of clinician-scholars whose career goals involve clinical teaching, research, and patient care. Students satisfy didactic and clinical specialty certificate requirements and have additional course requirements distributed among oral biology, biostatistics, and basic medical sciences. A written research proposal, prepared in the format of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, is required, along with research experience, culminating in the preparation and defense of a thesis. The usual length of this program is three years when combined with clinical specialty training. A master of medical Sciences (MMSc) degree in oral biology with a certificate in orthodontics is awarded concurrently with the Faculty of Medicine of Harvard University upon successful completion of all requirements.

DMSc (Doctor of Medical Sciences)/Certificate in Orthodontics

The goal of this program is to develop clinical scholars in oral biology and to prepare individuals for careers as independent investigators in translational and clinical research related to problems in oral health. The program is geared to individuals with dental degrees who are preparing for full-time academic careers. Although the clinical requirements of the certificate training program remain the same regardless of the degree pursued, for DMSc candidates the course requirements and the depth of the research experience are substantially greater, consistent with the expectations for a Harvard doctoral-level research degree.

The design of the doctor of medical sciences program is directed toward the development of the following essential skills:

  • Competence in oral biology as an interdisciplinary area of knowledge;
  • In-depth mastery of a basic scientific discipline sufficient to permit original, creative investigation of a problem in oral health; and
  • Research expertise under the guidance of a faculty sponsor and thesis committee, culminating in a thesis and its defense.

A minimum of eight courses in the areas of oral biology, biostatistics, and basic medical sciences are required. In addition, the generation of a formal thesis proposal early in the research training period and satisfactory completion of an oral qualifying examination are expected. An independent research project is required that culminates in the preparation and defense of a doctoral thesis. The length of this program is at minimum four years when combined with a clinical specialty, and may exceed this time period. The doctor of medical sciences (DMSc) degree in oral biology with a certificate in orthodontics is awarded concurrently with the Faculty of Medicine of Harvard University upon successful completion of all requirements.

Accreditation

The program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. For more information, please visit the Commission on Dental Accreditation website.

 

Please visit AGE Admissions for application requirements.