DMD/MS Clinical Research Training

Dual-Degree Program

This program is not currently accepting new students.

The Case School of Dental Medicine, in collaboration with the School of Medicine, presents a dual-degree program made possible by the National Institute of Health (NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service (T32) Training Grant.  


The objective for the five-year joint DMD and Master in Clinical Research Training (DMD-MCRT) at the School of Dental Medicine is to train dental scholars for an academic career and for utilizing scientific advances to solve clinical problems. Part of this goal is training in clinical research so that the dental graduate may promote progress in biomedical research and develop innovative and effective strategies for the oral health needs of the population.


The DMD curriculum consists of 141.5 credit hours and the MCRT curriculum consists of 36 credit hours. The MCRT curriculum consists of 15 graded hours of core curriculum, 6 graded hours of DMD coursework, 3-6 graded hours of elective course(s), participation in a seminar series, and 9-12 graded hours of research work culminating in a thesis project. Components of the dental curriculum are equivalent to clinical research material that is taught at the graduate level. Thus a total of 6 credits will be applied from the dental curriculum to the master’s degree.

A full year of research is a requirement. The student will be required to take one year off (either between the 2nd and 3rd or 3rd and 4th DMD years or immediately after DMD completion) for fulfillment of the master's program. The one-year research training can also be accomplished in 2-3 month blocks between DMD years. A successful passing of the oral defense of the master’s research thesis is also required.

LDRS 111Epidemiology for Public Health and Clinical Practice2.5
MAHE 145ACE: Outreach Preventive Dentistry 2
CRSP 401Introduction to Clinical Research Summer Series1 - 3
CMED 402Statistical Science for Medical Research3
CMED 403Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology3
CRSP 603Research Ethics and Regulation1 - 2
CRSP 501Team Science - Working in Interdisciplinary Research Teams1
CRSP 510Health Disparities3
CRSP 651Clinical Research Scholars Thesis1 - 18
Can be selected from EPBI, CRSP or other university master level courses3-6


Key features of this dual-degree program are that it is a five-year program where each student is assigned an advisor, a mentor, and the student will receive “protected time” to complete their master’s requirements. This program will highlight core dental and master’s courses as well as research rotations. The student will be required to complete a master’s thesis research project and make a scientific presentation at the International Association of Dental Research or the American Association of Dental Research conferences.


Prospective students are eligible to apply to the program anytime after their first year of DMD studies, but prior to the start of the fourth DMD year. Applicants must complete an online application form that includes a personal statement describing the reason for seeking admission along with a summary of career goals and submit a non-refundable application fee, three sealed recommendation letters or online recommendation forms, a recent curriculum vitae including previous research experience, letters of support from training director and research mentor ensuring protected time, and official transcripts for all higher education degrees. Applicants will also be required to submit a photograph and Visa/Permanent Resident Card/ECFMG (if applicable). Admission to the program is contingent upon good DMD academic standing and recommendation letters from the Associate Dean for Education and the Director of the DMD-MCRT program.

Master of Science in Clinical Research Sample Plan of Study


First YearUnits
Study Design and Epidemiologic Methods (CRSP 402)3    
Advanced Statistics: Linear Models (NURS 630)3    
Communication in Clinical Research - Oral Presentation, Posters, and the Mass Media (CRSP 413)1    
Research Ethics and Regulation (CRSP 603)1 - 2    
Communication in Clinical Research - Grant Writing (CRSP 412)  1  
Design and Analysis of Observational Studies (CRSP 500)  3  
Team Science - Working in Interdisciplinary Research Teams (CRSP 501)  1  
Elective  3  
Introduction to Clinical Research Summer Series (CRSP 401)    1 - 3
Elective    3
Year Total: 8-9 8 4-6
Second YearUnits
Clinical Research Scholars Thesis (CRSP 651)3    
Clinical Research Scholars Thesis (CRSP 651)  3-6  
Clinical Research Scholars Thesis (CRSP 651)    3-6
Year Total: 6-9 3-6 3-6
Total Units in Sequence:   32-44