Sep 21, 2023  
2018-19 ATSU University Catalog 
2018-19 ATSU University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health

Dear Dental Students,

I am honored to welcome and congratulate you for choosing Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health (MOSDOH) for your professional education.  Your experience at MOSDOH will be premier in scope.  Not only will you receive an outstanding education but through your involvement in community service you will emerge as excellent leaders with a strong desire to serve in your respective communities.

This is an exciting but challenging time in your lives as you embark on a four-year pursuit that will culminate with you earning the highly respected dental degree.  You have made an excellent career choice!  Your dental degree and certificate in public health will distinguish you from your peers and will serve as a reminder of MOSDOH’s commitment to graduate community leaders that will serve those in need.

Along your journey, you will be supported by experienced staff, faculty, and administrators who will take interest in your professional development and experiences.  We know that as MOSDOH graduates, you will help to advance the dental profession through your contributions in dental practice, research and service.

We are proud to have you join the MOSDOH family.  Best wishes to you during dental school.

Dwight E. McLeod, DDS, MS
Professor of Periodontics
Dean, Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health


The Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (MOSDOH) offers an educational model that relies on an exceptional cadre of motivated, experienced learning guides (mentors) for students in both the preclinical and clinical phases of the degree program. In addition to the issues of oral health and the skills of dentistry, students learn from and are encouraged to become caring, community-minded healthcare providers. Graduates will be leaders in their community and managers of public, not-for-profit and private sector oral health organizations.

The dental program features:

  • Innovative Curriculum – Integrating science, human systems and clinical care.
  • Simulation Technology – Accelerating skill development for clinical excellence.
  • State-of-the-art Facilities – Utilizing new facilities and digital resources for the faculty and students of tomorrow.
  • Needs Focused – Educating competent, compassionate dentists for underserved communities.
  • Service Education – Coordinating student partnerships with communities of need.
  • Leadership Training – Educating dentists to be community health leaders.

MOSDOH students spend the first and second year studying the basic sciences and clinical introductions in the classroom setting and complete dental simulation exercises in the Kirksville campus simulation clinic. Third-year students work side by side with licensed dentists in the St. Louis Dental Center. Fourth-year rotations at community-based clinics may include experiences at a community health center, Indian Health Service clinic, and Veterans Administration clinic. Additionally, students who do not already have either a certificate or master’s degree in public health earn a Certificate in Public Health with Dental Emphasis while enrolled at MOSDOH.

Program Accreditation

Effective August 3, 2017, the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree program has been granted full accreditation without any reporting recommendations by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, Phone: 312.440.4653.

Student Complaints

Students may file complaints about the four-year predoctoral dental program with the Vice Dean, Academic Affairs.  The Office of Academic Affairs will work with students to verify complaints and seek resolutions.  All student complaints will be logged and made available on-site to the CODA visit committee at the next regularly scheduled CODA site visit in April 2024.

Student Filing of Complaints to CODA

Students enrolled in the DMD program may file a complaint regarding the School’s adherence to the Predoctoral Education Standards by contacting the Commission on Dental Accreditation at:  Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611, Phone:  312.440.4653.

MOSDOH Mission Statement

The Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health will educate dental students to provide comprehensive patient care in an environment of scholarly engagement and inquiry. Graduates will become community and educational leaders, serve those in need, and promote life-long learning.

Predoctoral Program Competencies

Domain Competency
A Professionalism Practice dentistry guided by professional values, ethical principles, self-assessment and as required by legal principles and regulatory concepts to address the oral health needs of individual patients and the community. (CODA 2-10, 2-17, 2-20)
B Scientific Practice Apply critical thinking, problem-solving, quantitative knowledge and reasoning (including analysis of data, appraisal of evidence, synthesis and integration of new information) to the practice of dentistry. (CODA 2-9, 2-21)
C Human Sciences Apply knowledge of molecular, biochemical, cellular and systems-level mechanisms that maintain homeostasis and of the dysregulation of these mechanisms to the prevention, diagnosis and management of disease in the dental patient. (CODA 2-11, 2-12, 2-13, 2-14)
D Behavioral Sciences Apply behavioral principles to function successfully in a multicultural work environment, to manage and educate a diverse patient population, and to promote, improve and maintain the health of dental patients. (CODA 2-15, 2-16, 2-23 d)
E Treatment Planning Formulate a provisional, differential and definitive diagnosis and a comprehensive, sequenced treatment plan, alternative plans and limited care plans for dental patients; make referrals to other providers; describe prognosis; obtain informed consent, evaluate outcomes of treatment, and recommend recall. (CODA 2-23 a, c, o)
F Patient Care Assess and manage the oral health care needs of patients within the scope of general dentistry in all stages of life (infants, children, adolescents, adults, geriatric patients and patients with special needs). (CODA 2-22, 2-23 b, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n; 2-24)
G Practice Management Apply principles and philosophies of patient management, models of health care delivery and leadership of an oral health care team. (CODA 2-18)
H Public Health Work collaboratively to assess, address and/or solve population-based health issues using the public health principles of assessment, policy development and assurance. (CODA 2-25)
I Interprofessional Practice Function effectively, respectfully and ethically in an interprofessional team to plan and deliver patient-/ population-centered care. (CODA 2-19)

Contact MOSDOH

Kirksville Campus
A.T. Still University – Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health
800 West Jefferson
Kirksville, MO 63501

St. Louis Campus
A.T. Still University - St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health
1500 Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63104

Dwight E. McLeod, DDS, MS
Professor of Periodontics and Dean
Grishondra Branch-Mays, DDS, MS
Professor and Vice Dean, Academic Affairs

Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPH
Professor and Vice Dean, Clinical Education, Operations, & Community


School Policies


ATSU-MOSDOH programs adhere to the University grading scale .


    Doctor of Dental Medicine