University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston


The Houston Dental Branch was founded in 1905 as the Texas Dental College and later became part of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. This center includes the Dental School, the Medical School, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and the School of Health Informatics. The Dental Branch offers graduate and postgraduate dental programs, continuing education, and dental hygiene.


4-year. The curriculum consists of basic science, preclinical, clinical, behavioral science, and elective instruction. The didactic material is presented in lectures, seminars, problem-based learning sessions, and laboratories. The clinical portion begins with Introduction to the Clinic and continues with patient treatment that is focused on completing patient needs in a timely manner based on a well-developed treatment plan. Students are mentored by academic advisers and clinical facilitators. Overall management of the clinical curriculum is through a fully computerized clinical information system. Each class of 74 progresses through the curriculum together. The Dental Branch also has programs in 6 of the dental specialties, advanced general dentist’s programs, and dental hygiene.


A minimum of 90 semester hours, to include prerequisite courses are required. High priority is given to state residents. Transfer: Students from other U.S. and Canadian schools may apply. Transfer students may be admitted to the second- and third-year of classes if space is available and curriculum compatibility is established.


The school is located in the Texas Medical Center and is housed in a self-contained, 6-floor building. Preclinical training is carried out in multidisciplinary laboratories equipped with the latest technology. Clinical activities are performed in individualized clinical cubicles. Extramural rotations are an integral part of clinical training.

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