USC University of Southern California

Doctor of Dental Surgery

2 Doctor of Dental Surgery students in clinicFor more than 100 years, the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC has produced oral health professionals who have changed the face of the dental profession. Through pioneering new techniques, groundbreaking research, and extraordinary leadership, our graduates continue to shape what is thought, what is taught, and what is practiced in the oral health professions.

In 2001, the Ostrow School of Dentistry became one of the first dental schools in the nation to adopt a fully learner-centered pedagogy for our doctoral dental program. The curriculum provides a vertical integration of basic science and clinical content over all four years of the DDS program, seeking to promote in students:

  • The development of problem-solving skills
  • The ability to independently access appropriate data and learning resources
  • The integration of knowledge of basic and clinical dental sciences
  • The ability to work effectively in group situations
  • The development of lifelong, self-motivated learning
  • The ability to deal with medical presentations of dental patients
  • The development of the delivery of highly skilled dental care
  • The development of effective communication skills
  • The ability to respond effectively to innovation and advances in dental science

Coupled with our unparalleled community outreach efforts and our groundbreaking craniofacial development and oral disease research, the Ostrow School of Dentistry provides our students the opportunity to explore the many facets of the oral health professions and the tools to pursue their dreams.