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's in Clinical Research Training (DMD-MCRT) at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is to train dentist scholars for an academic career, bringing scientific advances to solving clinical problems. Part of this goal is the training in clinical research, so that the dental graduate may promote progress in biomedical research and develop innovative and effective strategies to address the oral health needs of the population.

Description of the Curriculum

The dual degree curriculum is for five years. The DMD curriculum requires 141.5 credit hours that include didactic, laboratory, and clinical work. The overall DMD curriculum will not change as part of this joint program. Some components of the dental curriculum are equivalent to clinical research material that is taught in graduate MS programs. Thus a total of 6 credits of the DMD curriculum (Epidemiology for Dentistry, Cariology, and Outreach Preventive Dentistry) will be used as graded credits towards the Master’s portion of the combined DMD/MS program.

For the MS curriculum, the student will earn the Type A (thesis option) administered by the Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) of the School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Studies. This is a 36-credit Master's in Clinical Research. The proposed program will consist of:

  • Core curriculum (15 graded hours)
  • DMD coursework (6 graded credits)
  • At least one elective (3-6 graded credits)
  • Research work culminating in a thesis project (9-12 non-graded credits)
  • Participation in a seminar series

A full year of research is a requirement. Students may complete their full year of research after completion of their DMD degree or choose to take one year off between the 2nd and 3rd DMD year for fulfillment of the Master’s program. The core curriculum should be completed between the 1st and 4th year of the DMD curriculum. Graduation from the program requires completion of the DMD curriculum and the proposed Master's curriculum described above. Successful passing of the oral defense of the Master’s research thesis is 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