The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

The Division of Forensics

Master of Science Program

Forensic dentistry is the cornerstone endeavor answering all medico-legal questions involving the dentition and maxillofacial structures. The Master of Science graduate degree in Forensic Dentistry is a two-year program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The curriculum mirrors the expanding scope of knowledge in forensic dentistry following the American Board of Forensic Odontology's standards and guidelines.

The program provides didactic education, hands-on training, practical experience, and report writing skills in all disciplines within the field to pursue national and international forensic dental careers. The degree is awarded by the College of Graduate Health Sciences upon fulfillment of the program requirements, completion of research, production and acceptance of a thesis, and successful defense of the independent research effort.

Program Goals

Education, Training and Experience
To provide the forensic dentist with the knowledge and skills required to clinically perform single, multiple and mass disaster dental identifications in the medical examiner office; estimate dental age; recognize human abuse and patterned injury in accordance with the American Board of Forensic Odontology’s Standards and Guidelines.

Forensic Services
To provide comprehensive dental and anthropological services to the Knox County (Tennessee) Regional Forensic Center (Knoxville) and outside individuals, organizations and agencies upon request.

The Division of ForensicsCommunication
To develop the forensic report writing styles for legal medicine for submission to medical examiners and other medico-legal agencies and authorities. To educate the forensic dentist in court room dynamics and develop their skills as an expert witness.

Critical Thinking
Develop objective evaluation skills, consideration and analysis of an issue in order to form an unbiased judgement or opinion based upon intellectual reasoning and truth. This program will promote and develop a critical approach to collection, analysis and interpretation of forensic dental evidence. Additionally, to critically evaluate and understand published articles and conduct research appropriately.

To educate the forensic dentist in qualitative and quantitative research protocols and design methodology. It is the goal of the program to produce valuable forensic research both independently and in collaboration with other educational and research institutions.

Clandestine Grave & Crime Scene Recovery of Dental Evidence

To expose and educate the forensic dentist to how the anthropologist analyzes decomposed and skeletal and dental remains in clandestine and crime scene situations. Special training involves discovery and archaeological excavation of skeletal and dental remains followed by laboratory interpretation of perimortem ballistic, blunt and sharp-force injury.


36 semester hours (Download Curriculum)

Year I term I
Forensic Science I
Statistics for Research I
Research Methods
Forensic Dentistry Research and Manuscript

Year I term II
Forensic Odontology I
Statistics for Research II
Dental Ethics
Clinical Head and Neck Anatomy
Forensic Dentistry Research and Manuscript

Year II term I
Dental Specialties Review
Forensic Odontology II
Forensic Science II
Forensic Dentistry Research and Manuscript

Year II term II
Research Project and Manuscript

Contact Information

Graduate School of Medicine
Department of General Dentistry
Division of Forensics
1930 Alcoa Highway
Building A, Suite 340
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

Program Faculty
James M. Lewis DMD D-ABFO
Murray K. Marks PhD D-ABFA
Paula C. Brumit DDS D-ABFO
Thomas J. David DMD D-ABFO
Richard A. Weems DMD MS D-ABFO
Peter W. Loomis DDS D-ABFO
Darinka Mileusnic MD, PhD, D-ABFP
William Oliver MD D-ABFP

Additional Information and How to Apply
Please apply on the UTHSC website.


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