Dental Specialty and PhD Program

The UCLA Dental Specialty/PhD Program (UCLA DSPP) is a new career development program for a small, but select, group of dentists who can pursue dual training in a clinical specialty as well as rigorous scientific research training, which will result in earning a specialty certificate and a PhD degree. UCLA DSPP scholars are expected to take a leadership role in advancing patient-oriented challenges facing the current and future of dentistry.

Specialty Options

The postgraduate programs that are listed below are currently offered under the UCLA DSPP. All of UCLA's sought after postgraduate programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and were recently granted the accreditation status of "Approval without Reporting Requirements”. All dental specialty programs are affiliated with the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center and supported by Graduate Medical Education (GME) with competitive residency stipend.

  • Endodontics

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Orthodontics

  • Pediatric Dentistry

  • Periodontics

  • Prosthodontics (optional Maxillofacial Prosthetics)

PhD Research Areas

The School of Dentistry is at the forefront of oral biology research. UCLA DSPP Scholars may participate in a wide range of research areas towards a Ph.D. degree in Oral Biology.

  • Oral Cancer & Cancer Biology

  • Craniofacial Biology & Bioengineering

  • Oral Microbiome & Immunity

  • Oral Dental & Craniofacial Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine

  • Big Data to Knowledge for Oral, Dental & Craniofacial Research

  • Neuroscience & Neuronal Molecular Pathology

  • Public Health & Community Dentistry

Contact Us

If you are interested in this program, please contact:

Ichiro Nishimura, DDS, DMSc, DMD, K12 Program Director
Professor of Dentistry and Bioengineering
Direct: (310) 794-7612

UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668