Pediatric Dentistry Program 
Department of Community & Public Health Dentistry
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1919 7th Avenue South - SDB 304
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0007
Phone: (205) 934-7016
Fax: 205-934-7013

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a twenty-four month program with optional third year to receive a Master's degree commencing July 1 of each year. Five new positions are offered each year.

Program Type

The program is both university and hospital based.


The University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Dentistry participates in the PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service - and the National Matching Program ( . Only applicants that are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident that have graduated from a U.S., ADA accredited dental school are eligible for the stipend position category. International students from non-English speaking foreign countries applying are required to take TOEFL exam as part of their application. Application materials can be obtained from your dental school or by contacting PASS. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the UAB School of Dentistry Postgraduate Admissions Office the necessary paperwork requested in the application process.


The program in pediatric dentistry prepares professionals for a career in community practice and/or academics. Each program may be tailored to fulfill the needs and interests of each student and satisfy the qualifications for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The Department has two options for advanced educational programs. Stipend residency for US citizens, trained in US dental schools.

Certificate (24 month program)
Optional MS

The International Pediatric Dentistry Clinical Residency (36 month program)
International Pediatric Dentistry Clinical Residency Certificate 
MS in Dentistry, General (Or Emphasis in Oral Biology)


All required clinical and didactic objectives of an accredited program are available including rotation in pediatric anesthesia at Children's Hospital of Alabama. Emphasis is placed on (1) comprehensive care for children and adolescents including special and medically compromised patients, (2) preventive dentistry, and (3) malocclusion management.

Program Stipend and Tuition

Certificate Tract: Stipends are available to U.S. citizens depending on availability of funds and range from $16,250 - $24,848 per year. Tuition is approximately $11,606 per year for in-state positions.Out-of-state tuition is $60,000 per year. 35.3% fringe benefit rate.

Additional funds may be available for graduate assistant teaching positions for second and optional third year students. Non U.S. citizens are also eligible for these assistant teaching positions if funds are available. 
Other Tracts: Details of stipend support for other tracts are available on request.


  1. University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Dentistry
  2. The UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinic for Developmental and Learning Disorders
  3. Children's of Alabama Hospital

Admission Requirements

Applications are required by September 15th, which contain the following:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Transcripts of dental and predental education
  3. National Board or GRE scores
  4. Professional experiences
  5. TOEFL score and evidence of financial support (Foreign applicants only).

Program Strengths

  1.  Complete curriculum with broad base of clinical experiences.
  2. Extensive and diversified patient population.
  3. Research opportunities with experienced scientists.
  4. Flexible options for academic development.

Program Faculty

Full Time

*Janice G. Jackson, DMD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Program Director, Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Program
*Stephen Mitchell, DMD, Professor
Kyounga Cheon, DDS, MS, Associate Professor
*Yuyin Lin, DDS, MS, Assistant Professor
Kimberly Carr, DMD,MS,  Associate Professor
*Sory Shannon, DMD, Associate Professor
Ping Zhang, DDS, MS, Professor

Part Time

*John B. Thornton, D.M.D., M.A., Professor EmeritusSue Nimer Young, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor*H. Patrick Stanley, D.M.D., Adjunct Associate ProfessorMichael Keller, D.D.S., Adjunct Instructor*Donald T. Norby, D.M.D., Adjunct Instructor*Marcus Moss, D.M.D., Adjunct Instructor*Tabitha Jarman-Gatrey, D.M.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor*William A. Lovell, D.D.S., D.M.D., Adjunct InstructorBaker Chambliss, D.M.D., Adjunct InstructorLeanne Bowman, D.M.D., Adjunct Instructor*Noel K. Childers, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus*David Merritt, D.M.D., M.S., Adjunct Instructor*John J. Flowers, D.M.D., Adjunct InstructorGerald S. Samson, D.D.S., Adjunct InstructorEric Lowenhaupt, D.D.S., Adjunct Instructor*Richard Simpson, D.M.D., Adjunct Instructor


School Profile


Program Type: Combined
Program Director: Full-Time
Program Faculty: 6 Full-Time
16 Part-Time
13 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1 Start Date
Program Accreditation: Approved
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 5
Tuition In-State: 11,606 First Year
11,606 Second Year
11,606 Third Year
Tuition Out-Of-State: 60,000 First Year
60,000 Second Year
60,000 Third Year
Salary/Stipend: 16,250 First Year
24,848 Second Year
Varies Third Year
Application: 25 Fee
September 15 Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA 
accredited dental schools 
US citizens from foreign dental 
schools considered:
Non-US citizens from ADA 
accredited dental schools 
Non-US citizens from foreign 
dental schools considered:
Acceptance Applicant Ratio: 1:1
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Community Clinics
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Thesis
Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: 1 Clinic Half-Days
3 Lecture/Presentations
Facilities: 19 Chair/Operatories
3 Clinic Receptionist
6 Dental Assistants
5 Dental Hygienists