Behavioral Sciences

We believe in preparing doctors for success in all aspects of the dental profession. Our curriculum integrates behavioral science topics, such as human resource and practice management, ethics and dental jurisprudence. Third-year students study topics such as epidemiology and demography of the older population, basic processes of aging, and dental management of hospitalized patients, geriatric patients and those with the most common disabling conditions.

Students are counseled individually with regard to establishing a practice and applying for postgraduate education. A weekend conference devoted to new developments in dentistry serves to acquaint students with opportunities for postgraduate education and with alumni views of the realities of dental practice.

Units of Credit

One unit of credit is awarded for 10 hours of lecture or seminar, 20 hours of laboratory or clinic, or 30 hours of independent study per term.

Students are assigned to comprehensive care clinics for approximately 500 hours during the second year and 1,000 hours during the third, in addition to specialty clinic rotations. Units of credit are assigned in the comprehensive care clinical disciplines in proportion to time students provide specific types of care for assigned patterns.