Geriatric Dentistry

Geriatric Dentistry MASTER Program Breakdown:

If you are interested in the medical conditions that affect older patients, consider applying to the Online Masters Degree in Geriatric Dentistry. This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing dentists who want to learn more on a wide variety of issues while focusing on the unique dental needs of older adult patients within the context of their medical, psycho-social and physical conditions.

  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International Dentists
Required Work ExperienceDDS (or equivalent)
Rolling AdmissionSummer, Fall, Spring
Estimated Program Length**37 months**
Courses17 courses
Units30.5
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Capstone ProjectStudents to prepare and present a research paper (usually a systematic review) on a topic in orofacial pain, oral medicine or dental sleep medicine
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$1928 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually

Curriculum

The Geriatric Dentistry Master’s is a 3-year program. Courses outlined by trimester are completed throughout the 3-year period. 

Online Courses

Summer Trimester

OFPM 702a Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (1 unit)

This two trimester course involves lectures on mucosal, cutaneous, gingival, salivary diseases and local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures in the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 704 Bony Pathology, Radiology and Advanced Imaging for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Lectures on the osseous and odontogenic pathologies in the oral and maxillofacial region, plus information about the various imaging methods used to examine this anatomic region.

GDEN 712d Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a four trimester course where residents conduct and write up a report on their selected topic (usually a systematic review) and defend it in front of the faculty review committee.

GDEN 713 Common Systemic Conditions in Older Patients (2 units)

This series of lectures will educate the resident about the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, common cancers, renal and bladder issues, sexually transmitted diseases, elder abuse issues, post-menopausal issues (including osteoporosis, andropausal issues and BPH), and hearing and vision disorders in aging patients.

Fall Trimester

ADNT 701 Research Methodologies in Dentistry (2 units)

This course focuses on the basic elements of clinical research design and teaches how to critically assess the literature.

GDEN 712b Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a four trimester course where residents conduct and write up a report on their selected topic (usually a systematic review) and defend it in front of the faculty review committee.

GDEN 714 Topics in Gerontology (2 units)

The purpose of this course is to educate the student about common gerontology topics. Lectures will include clinical assessment tools for geriatric patients, policy issues, myths and theories of aging, social supports, housing arrangements, consent and other legal issues, successful aging principles, communication in the clinical setting, self-help tools to successful aging, sociology, kinesiology, behavior management, balance, falls and physical and occupational therapy.

GDEN 722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of common systemic diseases and how they may affect the oral health of the patient; and conversely, how medications and other treatments for oral conditions may have adverse effects on systemic disease. Each session of the course will involve the study of a particular system and the possible conditions related. An understanding of the physiology, histology, pathology and pathophysiology of the relevant systems will be covered.

GDEN 730 OFPM Case Portfolio Preparation for Dental Residents (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio presentation course where students must: (A) participate in weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases on orofacial pain and Oral medicine that have been posted for discussion and analysis; (B) oral and written presentation of assigned weekly cases; (C) based on these weekly discussions the students will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver within two to three weeks after the assignment at the appropriate scheduled weekly follow-up case conference.

GDEN 731 Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio presentation course where students must: (A) participate in weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases on geriatric dentistry issues that have been posted for discussion and analysis; (B) oral and written presentation of assigned weekly cases; (C) based on these weekly discussions the students will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver within two to three weeks after the assignment at the appropriate scheduled weekly follow-up case conference.

OFPM 702b Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

This two trimester course involves lectures on mucosal, cutaneous, gingival, salivary diseases and local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures in the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on common medications used in the practice of oral medicine and chronic orofacial pain, and discussion about medication interactions.

OFPM 726 Immunology and Immunosuppression for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on immunology and immunosuppression for oral and maxillofacial disease.

Spring Trimester

GDEN 712a Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a four trimester course where residents conduct and write up a report on their selected topic (usually a systematic review) and defend it in front of the faculty review committee.

GDEN 712c Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a four trimester course where residents conduct and write up a report on their selected topic (usually a systematic review) and defend it in front of the faculty review committee.

GDEN 715 Geriatric Dentistry Issues (2 units)

Each session of the course will involve the study of a particular topic in Geriatric Dentistry, including prevention, diagnosis, dental restorative materials and treatment, as well as practice management and dental care delivery models.

GDEN 725 Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on the epidemiology of oral diseases and nutritional topics as related to the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include the epidemiology of oral disease in the elderly; the most common systemic diseases and the changes in disease presentations seen with aging; and various aspects of nutrition in the aging population, including its effects upon healing and maintaining the health of the oral tissues as aging occurs.

GDEN 730 OFPM Case Portfolio Preparation for Dental Residents (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio presentation course where students must: (A) participate in weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases on orofacial pain and Oral medicine that have been posted for discussion and analysis; (B) oral and written presentation of assigned weekly cases; (C) based on these weekly discussions the students will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver within two to three weeks after the assignment at the appropriate scheduled weekly follow-up case conference.

GDEN 731 Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio presentation course where students must: (A) participate in weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases on geriatric dentistry issues that have been posted for discussion and analysis; (B) oral and written presentation of assigned weekly cases; (C) based on these weekly discussions the students will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver within two to three weeks after the assignment at the appropriate scheduled weekly follow-up case conference.

OFPM 705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate for chronic neurogenic-based pain disorders that occur in the orofacial region.

On-Ground Courses

Summer Trimester

GDEN 710 Knowledge Assessment for GDEN Students (1 unit)

This course focuses on 5 days of practical training and 3 days of competency testing of the geriatric dentistry students with multiple methods, including: (1) written theoretical papers based on a set of case problems; (2) multiple choice/short answer comprehensive exam based on all content covered in the prior year; (3) practical examinations and (4) oral examinations. This assessment course is based on the courses that the students have taken in previous year(s).

GDEN 732 Case Portfolio Defense for GDEN students (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio defense course where students must work up 18 patient cases, submit their written and narrated case work up and attend an in person oral defense in front of the faculty panel. There will be GDEN 730 (2 trimesters in Year 1) and GDEN 731 (2 trimesters in Year 2) and GDEN 732 is at the summer trimester of year 3 unless otherwise arranged. Progressively across these 5 trimesters, the residents are expected to select, prepare and defend their e-Portfolio that includes their own 18 patient cases worked up. The specific focus of GDEN 732 in the last trimester (summer of year 3) of the master program will involve the residents in the presentation and defense of their approach to 18 patient cases that they have documented. These 18 cases are due at the end of the 3rd year (Spring trimester).

Geriatric Dentistry CERTIFICATE Program Breakdown:

If you are interested in the medical conditions that affect older patients, consider applying to the Online Certificate in Geriatric Dentistry. This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing dentists who want to learn more on a wide variety of issues while focusing on the unique dental needs of older adult patients within the context of their medical, psycho-social and physical conditions.

  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International Dentists/Dental Hygenists
Required Work ExperienceDDS (or equivalent) / RDH (or equivalent)
Rolling AdmissionSummer, Fall, Spring
Estimated Program Length**12.5 months
Courses8 courses
Units12
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$1928 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually

Curriculum

The Geriatric Dentistry Certificate  is a 12.5 month program. Courses outlined by trimester are completed throughout the 12.5 month period.

Online Courses

Summer Trimester

GDEN-713 Common Systemic Conditions in Older Patients (2 units)

This series of lectures will educate the resident about the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, common cancers, renal and bladder issues, sexually transmitted diseases, elder abuse issues, post-menopausal issues including osteoporosis, andropausal issues and BPH, and hearing and vision disorders in aging patients.

GDEN-715 Geriatric Dentistry Issues (2 units)

Each session of the course will involve the study of a particular topic in Geriatric Dentistry, including prevention, diagnosis, dental restorative materials and treatment, as well as practice management and dental care delivery models.

Fall Trimester

GDEN-722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Diseases for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common systemic diseases and the potential interactions with oral disease and treatment.

GDEN-725 Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging For Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on the epidemiology of oral diseases and nutritional topics as related to the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include the epidemiology of oral disease in the elderly; the most common systemic diseases and the changes in disease presentations seen with aging; and various aspects of nutrition in the aging population, including its effects upon healing and maintaining the health of the oral tissues as aging occurs.

GDEN 731 Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio presentation course where students must: (A) participate in weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases on geriatric dentistry issues that have been posted for discussion and analysis; (B) oral and written presentation of assigned weekly cases; (C) based on these weekly discussions the students will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver within two to three weeks after the assignment at the appropriate scheduled weekly follow-up case conference. The students are expected to select, prepare and defend their e-Porfolio that includes their own 6 patient cases worked up. At the end of the certificate program, the residents need to present and defend of their approach to 6 patient cases that they have documented.

Spring Trimester

GDEN-714 Topics in Gerontology (2 units)

Gerontology topics for dentists, including clinical assessment tools for aging patients, policy issues, myths, social supports, and consent and communication issues in the clinical setting.

GDEN 731 Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio presentation course where students must: (A) participate in weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases on geriatric dentistry issues that have been posted for discussion and analysis; (B) oral and written presentation of assigned weekly cases; (C) based on these weekly discussions the students will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver within two to three weeks after the assignment at the appropriate scheduled weekly follow-up case conference. The students are expected to select, prepare and defend their e-Porfolio that includes their own 6 patient cases worked up. At the end of the certificate program, the residents need to present and defend of their approach to 6 patient cases that they have documented.

On-Ground Courses

Summer Trimester

GDEN 710 Knowledge Assessment for GDEN Students (1 unit)

This course focuses on 5 days of practical training and 3 days of competency testing of the geriatric dentistry students with multiple methods, including: (1) written theoretical papers based on a set of case problems; (2) multiple choice/short answer comprehensive exam based on all content covered in the prior year; (3) practical examinations and (4) oral examinations. This assessment course is based on the courses that the students have taken in previous year(s).

Limited Status Enrollment

The Limited Status Enrollment program is intended for individuals who wish to take a limited number of courses at USC without enrolling in a full program. Limited Status Students still have access to all the same resources that traditional, full-time students have; they’re able to interact with the cohort and join a collaborative learning experience. Becoming a Limited Status Student is the perfect way to see if a complete Master or Certificate program is a good fit!

Instructions to Register as a Limited Status Student:

  1. Contact us at ostrowon@usc.edu. We will provide further instructions on registering.
  2. Complete the Limited Status Registration Form.
  3. Submit the form and $100 processing fee to the Registrar One Stop Center in person or by mail.

If you are unable to submit the form in person, you may designate a representative to act on your behalf. Please contact ostrowon@usc.edu for specifics on the documentation needed to designate a representative.

If you wish to mail in your form, please include a copy of your driver’s license or passport. If you wish to mail your payment, please consider using certified mail.

Registrar One Stop Center
700 Childs Way, JHH 106
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0912
Phone: (213) 740-8500

Setting Up Your Account and Paying Fees:

Once we process your request, we will email you confirmation of your registration. To pay your tuition bill and to activate other student services, please view the post-registration instructions.

  • Financial Aid is not available for limited status students.

Geriatric Dentistry MASTER Program Breakdown:

If you are interested in the medical conditions that affect older patients, consider applying to the Online Masters Degree in Geriatric Dentistry. This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing dentists who want to learn more on a wide variety of issues while focusing on the unique dental needs of older adult patients within the context of their medical, psycho-social and physical conditions.

  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International Dentists
Required Work ExperienceDDS (or equivalent)
Rolling AdmissionSummer, Fall, Spring
Estimated Program Length**37 months**
Courses17 courses
Units30.5
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Capstone ProjectStudents to prepare and present a research paper (usually a systematic review) on a topic in orofacial pain, oral medicine or dental sleep medicine
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$1928 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually

Curriculum

The Geriatric Dentistry Master’s is a 3-year program. Courses outlined by trimester are completed throughout the 3-year period. 

Online Courses

Summer Trimester

OFPM 702a Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (1 unit)

This two trimester course involves lectures on mucosal, cutaneous, gingival, salivary diseases and local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures in the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 704 Bony Pathology, Radiology and Advanced Imaging for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Lectures on the osseous and odontogenic pathologies in the oral and maxillofacial region, plus information about the various imaging methods used to examine this anatomic region.

GDEN 712d Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a four trimester course where residents conduct and write up a report on their selected topic (usually a systematic review) and defend it in front of the faculty review committee.

GDEN 713 Common Systemic Conditions in Older Patients (2 units)

This series of lectures will educate the resident about the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, common cancers, renal and bladder issues, sexually transmitted diseases, elder abuse issues, post-menopausal issues (including osteoporosis, andropausal issues and BPH), and hearing and vision disorders in aging patients.

Fall Trimester

ADNT 701 Research Methodologies in Dentistry (2 units)

This course focuses on the basic elements of clinical research design and teaches how to critically assess the literature.

GDEN 712b Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a four trimester course where residents conduct and write up a report on their selected topic (usually a systematic review) and defend it in front of the faculty review committee.

GDEN 714 Topics in Gerontology (2 units)

The purpose of this course is to educate the student about common gerontology topics. Lectures will include clinical assessment tools for geriatric patients, policy issues, myths and theories of aging, social supports, housing arrangements, consent and other legal issues, successful aging principles, communication in the clinical setting, self-help tools to successful aging, sociology, kinesiology, behavior management, balance, falls and physical and occupational therapy.

GDEN 722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of common systemic diseases and how they may affect the oral health of the patient; and conversely, how medications and other treatments for oral conditions may have adverse effects on systemic disease. Each session of the course will involve the study of a particular system and the possible conditions related. An understanding of the physiology, histology, pathology and pathophysiology of the relevant systems will be covered.

GDEN 730 OFPM Case Portfolio Preparation for Dental Residents (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio presentation course where students must: (A) participate in weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases on orofacial pain and Oral medicine that have been posted for discussion and analysis; (B) oral and written presentation of assigned weekly cases; (C) based on these weekly discussions the students will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver within two to three weeks after the assignment at the appropriate scheduled weekly follow-up case conference.

GDEN 731 Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio presentation course where students must: (A) participate in weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases on geriatric dentistry issues that have been posted for discussion and analysis; (B) oral and written presentation of assigned weekly cases; (C) based on these weekly discussions the students will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver within two to three weeks after the assignment at the appropriate scheduled weekly follow-up case conference.

OFPM 702b Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

This two trimester course involves lectures on mucosal, cutaneous, gingival, salivary diseases and local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures in the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on common medications used in the practice of oral medicine and chronic orofacial pain, and discussion about medication interactions.

OFPM 726 Immunology and Immunosuppression for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on immunology and immunosuppression for oral and maxillofacial disease.

Spring Trimester

GDEN 712a Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a four trimester course where residents conduct and write up a report on their selected topic (usually a systematic review) and defend it in front of the faculty review committee.

GDEN 712c Capstone Research Project for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a four trimester course where residents conduct and write up a report on their selected topic (usually a systematic review) and defend it in front of the faculty review committee.

GDEN 715 Geriatric Dentistry Issues (2 units)

Each session of the course will involve the study of a particular topic in Geriatric Dentistry, including prevention, diagnosis, dental restorative materials and treatment, as well as practice management and dental care delivery models.

GDEN 725 Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on the epidemiology of oral diseases and nutritional topics as related to the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include the epidemiology of oral disease in the elderly; the most common systemic diseases and the changes in disease presentations seen with aging; and various aspects of nutrition in the aging population, including its effects upon healing and maintaining the health of the oral tissues as aging occurs.

GDEN 730 OFPM Case Portfolio Preparation for Dental Residents (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio presentation course where students must: (A) participate in weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases on orofacial pain and Oral medicine that have been posted for discussion and analysis; (B) oral and written presentation of assigned weekly cases; (C) based on these weekly discussions the students will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver within two to three weeks after the assignment at the appropriate scheduled weekly follow-up case conference.

GDEN 731 Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio presentation course where students must: (A) participate in weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases on geriatric dentistry issues that have been posted for discussion and analysis; (B) oral and written presentation of assigned weekly cases; (C) based on these weekly discussions the students will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver within two to three weeks after the assignment at the appropriate scheduled weekly follow-up case conference.

OFPM 705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains for Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate for chronic neurogenic-based pain disorders that occur in the orofacial region.

On-Ground Courses

Summer Trimester

GDEN 710 Knowledge Assessment for GDEN Students (1 unit)

This course focuses on 5 days of practical training and 3 days of competency testing of the geriatric dentistry students with multiple methods, including: (1) written theoretical papers based on a set of case problems; (2) multiple choice/short answer comprehensive exam based on all content covered in the prior year; (3) practical examinations and (4) oral examinations. This assessment course is based on the courses that the students have taken in previous year(s).

GDEN 732 Case Portfolio Defense for GDEN students (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio defense course where students must work up 18 patient cases, submit their written and narrated case work up and attend an in person oral defense in front of the faculty panel. There will be GDEN 730 (2 trimesters in Year 1) and GDEN 731 (2 trimesters in Year 2) and GDEN 732 is at the summer trimester of year 3 unless otherwise arranged. Progressively across these 5 trimesters, the residents are expected to select, prepare and defend their e-Portfolio that includes their own 18 patient cases worked up. The specific focus of GDEN 732 in the last trimester (summer of year 3) of the master program will involve the residents in the presentation and defense of their approach to 18 patient cases that they have documented. These 18 cases are due at the end of the 3rd year (Spring trimester).

Overview – Certificate in Geriatric Dentistry

If you are interested in the medical conditions that affect older patients, consider applying to the Online Certificate in Geriatric Dentistry. This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing dentists who want to learn more on a wide variety of issues while focusing on the unique dental needs of older adult patients within the context of their medical, psycho-social and physical conditions.

  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International Dentists/Dental Hygenists
Required Work ExperienceDDS (or equivalent) / RDH (or equivalent)
Rolling AdmissionSummer, Fall, Spring
Estimated Program Length**12.5 months
Courses8 courses
Units12
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$1928 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually

Curriculum

The Geriatric Dentistry Certificate  is a 12.5 month program. Courses outlined by trimester are completed throughout the 12.5 month period.

Online Courses

Summer Trimester

GDEN-713 Common Systemic Conditions in Older Patients (2 units)

This series of lectures will educate the resident about the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, common cancers, renal and bladder issues, sexually transmitted diseases, elder abuse issues, post-menopausal issues including osteoporosis, andropausal issues and BPH, and hearing and vision disorders in aging patients.

GDEN-715 Geriatric Dentistry Issues (2 units)

Each session of the course will involve the study of a particular topic in Geriatric Dentistry, including prevention, diagnosis, dental restorative materials and treatment, as well as practice management and dental care delivery models.

Fall Trimester

GDEN-722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Diseases for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common systemic diseases and the potential interactions with oral disease and treatment.

GDEN-725 Epidemiology, Nutrition and Aging For Dental Residents (2 units)

Lectures on the epidemiology of oral diseases and nutritional topics as related to the aging patient. Highlighted areas will include the epidemiology of oral disease in the elderly; the most common systemic diseases and the changes in disease presentations seen with aging; and various aspects of nutrition in the aging population, including its effects upon healing and maintaining the health of the oral tissues as aging occurs.

GDEN 731 Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio presentation course where students must: (A) participate in weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases on geriatric dentistry issues that have been posted for discussion and analysis; (B) oral and written presentation of assigned weekly cases; (C) based on these weekly discussions the students will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver within two to three weeks after the assignment at the appropriate scheduled weekly follow-up case conference. The students are expected to select, prepare and defend their e-Porfolio that includes their own 6 patient cases worked up. At the end of the certificate program, the residents need to present and defend of their approach to 6 patient cases that they have documented.

Spring Trimester

GDEN-714 Topics in Gerontology (2 units)

Gerontology topics for dentists, including clinical assessment tools for aging patients, policy issues, myths, social supports, and consent and communication issues in the clinical setting.

GDEN 731 Case Portfolio Preparation for GDEN Students (½ unit)

This is a case portfolio presentation course where students must: (A) participate in weekly online (web-based) conference presentations and discussions of de-identified patient cases on geriatric dentistry issues that have been posted for discussion and analysis; (B) oral and written presentation of assigned weekly cases; (C) based on these weekly discussions the students will be given a set of case-driven learning need assignments that they must deliver within two to three weeks after the assignment at the appropriate scheduled weekly follow-up case conference. The students are expected to select, prepare and defend their e-Porfolio that includes their own 6 patient cases worked up. At the end of the certificate program, the residents need to present and defend of their approach to 6 patient cases that they have documented.

On-Ground Courses

Summer Trimester

GDEN 710 Knowledge Assessment for GDEN Students (1 unit)

This course focuses on 5 days of practical training and 3 days of competency testing of the geriatric dentistry students with multiple methods, including: (1) written theoretical papers based on a set of case problems; (2) multiple choice/short answer comprehensive exam based on all content covered in the prior year; (3) practical examinations and (4) oral examinations. This assessment course is based on the courses that the students have taken in previous year(s).

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Limited Status Enrollment

The Limited Status Enrollment program is intended for individuals who wish to take a limited number of courses at USC without enrolling in a full program. Limited Status Students still have access to all the same resources that traditional, full-time students have; they’re able to interact with the cohort and join a collaborative learning experience. Becoming a Limited Status Student is the perfect way to see if a complete Master or Certificate program is a good fit!

Instructions to Register as a Limited Status Student:

  1. Contact us at ostrowon@usc.edu. We will provide further instructions on registering.
  2. Complete the Limited Status Registration Form.
  3. Submit the form and $100 processing fee to the Registrar One Stop Center in person or by mail.

If you are unable to submit the form in person, you may designate a representative to act on your behalf. Please contact ostrowon@usc.edu for specifics on the documentation needed to designate a representative.

If you wish to mail in your form, please include a copy of your driver’s license or passport. If you wish to mail your payment, please consider using certified mail.

Registrar One Stop Center
700 Childs Way, JHH 106
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0912
Phone: (213) 740-8500

Setting Up Your Account and Paying Fees:

Once we process your request, we will email you confirmation of your registration. To pay your tuition bill and to activate other student services, please view the post-registration instructions.

  • Financial Aid is not available for limited status students.

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