Research Education and Careers in Health (REACH)

The purpose of Research Education and Careers in Health (REACH) is to train the future clinical and translational science researchers.
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DMD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science Degree Program

If you are interested in conducting research and transferring clinical skills from "bench to the bedside," "study to practice," and "practice to policy," then you should consider UIC's DMD/MS CTS Joint Degree Program.

Through a partnership between the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Dentistry and the School of Public Health, the only fully accredited school of public health in Illinois, UIC offers a unique opportunity to its students to earn the joint degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine and Master of Science in Clinical Translational Sciences (MS CTS). Graduates of the joint degree program will have the skills to direct a broad range of clinical studies, including the translation of scientific knowledge into clinical practice, and will be able to interact effectively with all of the complementary disciplines with which clinical investigators need to collaborate. 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 allows students to complete both degrees in 5 years. Students interested in pursuing the joint DMD/MS CTS degree are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and no later than May 1 of their D1 Year. Students would typically complete the first year of dental school then take a leave of absence during Year 2 to complete the MS CTS coursework and begin the mentored research project. After Year 2 students would return to complete their remaining years of dental school while also completing the mentored research and thesis requirement for the MS degree.

Through didactic coursework, a series of workshops and seminars, and a mentored research project, the joint DMD/MS CTS will help build a new generation of dental faculty and clinical investigators focused on teaching evidence-based dentistry and improving patient health through research. Graduates of the DMD/MS CTS program will be ready to enter and capitalize on specialty programs that provide research opportunities combined with clinical training. Dental students interested in the DMD/MS CTS Joint Degree program may request additional information through the Director of Graduate Studies at the College of Dentistry.

Dental students interested in the DMD/MS CTS Joint Degree program may request additional information through the Director of Graduate Studies at the College of Dentistry or click here.

For more information, visit CCTS website or contact:

Jack Zwanziger, PhD
UIC School of Public Health
jzwanzig@uic.edu

Luisa A. DiPietro, DDS, PhD
College of Dentistry
ldipiet@uic.edu

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