Program Description

The UIC College of Dentistry (COD) and the UIC School of Public Health offer a joint degree program leading to the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS) degrees. The program is designed to prepare dental school graduates with the skills required to combine their clinical knowledge with the knowledge and skills needed for careers as researchers in the clinical and translational sciences. Graduates will be eligible for further training in specialty programs and will be able to advance successfully to tenure-track positions in dental schools that require research for promotion.

The joint degree program incorporates the DMD clinical preparation with research training. The program will typically require only one year beyond the commitment for the DMD degree. Students in the program must satisfy requirements of the Masters of Science in Clinical and Translational Science, a 48 semester hour program, and satisfy four years of the required Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree program of study. Upon admission to the MS in CTS program, students participate in a variety of seminars and workshops. They must continue to participate in these seminars and workshops until the completion of the joint program.

Admission Requirements

Students must apply and be admitted into both programs separately to be eligible for a joint degree. Dental students choosing the joint program should be dedicated to the goals of both programs. To apply, visit the following pages:

How to Apply

Complete separate applications for both the DMD and MS CTS programs.

To begin this process, please contact Carolyn Feller during the cycle in which you submit your DMD application. Interested dental students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, preferably no later than May 1 of their first year in the DMD program (D1 year).

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for the DMD program will be assessed as usual. For qualified students, tuition waivers may be available for the MS CTS portion of the program.

Contact Us

College of Dentistry


School of Public Health
Susan Lynch, MEd, Research Education and Careers in Health (REACH) Program Coordinator
(312) 413-5429