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Core Curriculum

The Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education provides a graduate education built on a foundation of in-depth study of advanced concepts in sciences.

CAD 5010: Pain: Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology, Diagnosis and Treatment (1)
Explores multiple topics of pain with special emphasis on head and neck pain and conditions and/or syndromes that mimic dental pain. Protocols for dealing with both dental and non-dental "pain patients" will be addressed. (Offered every year.)

CAD 5030: Advanced Oral Microbiology (2)
Examines the interface of human host and its microbial inhabitants converging to cause disease. Describes oral ecosystems resulting from interaction between human anatomy and physiology and microbial populations and their physiology with emphasis on the pulpal, periapical, and periodontal regions. Includes factors that maintain population balance and health or cause population imbalance and disease in these ecosystems. Includes management and prevention of oral microbial disease. (Offered every year.)

CAD 5040: Bone and Periodontal Physiology (1)
A comprehensive overview of bone physiology and the specific relationships to medicine and dentistry. (Even years only)

CAD 5050: Introduction to Statistical Inference (3)
Introductory course in understanding, applying and interpreting statistics. (Offered every year.)

CAD 5060: Ethics in Dental Research and Practice (0)
Two-part course requiring completion of online course BBS.5100 Responsible Conduct in Research, and attendance and participation in lectures on Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct and their relationship to ethical decision making processes in dental practice. (Offered every year.)

CAD 5100: Dental Therapeutics (1)
A comprehensive review of the pharmacological considerations of clinical dentistry. Special emphasis is placed on dentally prescribed medications and their effects on systemic disease and associated systemic drugs. (Offered every year.)

CAD 5110: Small Business Basics (1)
A practice management course which covers a broad range of business management topics with an emphasis on application of concepts. (Offered every year.)

CAD 5140: Temporomandibular Disorders (1)
A lecture series to improve the understanding of TMJ disease and related disorders and to provide a rationale for differential diagnosis and treatment. (Offered every year.)

CAD 5160: Advanced Oral Medicine (1)
Material on oral diagnosis and oral medicine is presented to enhance the ability to make an accurate diagnosis of oral and general diseases. Special emphasis is placed on treatment of the medically compromised patient. (Offered every year.)

CAD 5170: Advanced Oral Pathology (1)
Oral diseases with similar clinical appearances are presented. A differential diagnosis will be developed. For each entry, the etiology, biologic history, clinical features, histologic characteristics, progress and current treatment will be identified. (Offered every year.)

CAD 5190: Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy (2)
Presentation of the anatomy of specific areas of the head and neck that relate to dental practice. Emphasis will be placed upon the interrelationships, clinical significance, and variation of the structures studied. (Offered every year.)

CAD 5220: Clinical Immunology (1)
A comprehensive review of inflammation and immunity and how they protect or harm the host with special focus on clinical dentistry. (Offered every year.)

CAD 5240: Temporary Skeletal Anchorage (1)
A lecture-discussion course introducing dental implants for applications in periodontics and temporary anchorage devices to support intra-oral clinical mechanics in orthodontics. Autotransplantation of teeth within interdisciplinary patient care is also examined. (Offered every year.)

CAD 5250: Multidisciplinary and Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (0)
Diagnosis and treatment planning of various types of multidisciplinary dental problems through case studies. Various diagnostic and treatment modalities are discussed in order to render the most efficacious plan of patient treatment. Application of biomedical sciences to clinical oro-facial problems at the dental specialty level. (Offered every year.)

CAD G5950: Special Study for Examinations (0)

ORES 5100: Research Methods in Health and Medicine (3)
This online course is designed to provide an introduction to the techniques, methods, and tools used for research in the health sciences. Students will obtain an understanding of the research process and scientific method, specific study designs, methods for data collection and analysis. This is a very applied and hands-on course and is focused entirely on the unique aspects of research in the health sciences. This course will utilize Blackboard for all lectures, online discussions, assignment submission, and examinations.

BBS 5100: Responsible Conduct in Research (0)
Online course that provides learning modules through the CITI Program covering responsible conduct of research and biomedical research investigators and key personnel.