Due to the continued impact of the pandemic and province-wide restrictions by the order and the direction of the provincial health officer, UBC has made the difficult decision to cancel the Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) for 2021.

Please visit our VSP COVID-19 information page to stay up-to-date on the program’s response.

Faculty of Dentistry


There have been remarkable changes in dentistry in the 50+ years since the first class began and the UBC Faculty of Dentistry has been instrumental in these advances in the oral health sciences.

The Faculty of Dentistry is particularly well prepared to continue to make significant contributions to our profession’s body of knowledge through our active faculty research, outstanding curriculum and the most technologically advanced dental clinic in the world, the Nobel BioCare Oral Health Centre.

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July 10 - August 10, 2021 Course Packages

Dental Caries and Restoration

Dental caries is a common human infectious disease affecting more than 90% of all humans. The disease requires a combination of bacteria, a sugar source and a susceptible tooth mineralized surface. Bacteria metabolize sugar producing acid as a by- product that dissolves the tooth surface mineral. Destruction of the tooth leads to the pathology, dental decay. Dental decay is a progressive process and if it is allowed to continue it can progress into the dental pulp and the supporting bone. If a bacterial abscess forms in the bone supporting the tooth, it is often necessary to remove the tooth. Dental caries is the leading cause of tooth loss in the world. Tooth loss affects the ability to eat, alters nutrition and has a dramatic impact on the quality of life. This course will take a comprehensive look at the implications dental caries to understand how this disease impacts human populations.

Oral Cancer

Cancer of the oral tissues is the 6th most common type in the world. In some developing countries oral cancer is much more common due to oral habits and exposure to chemicals that can cause cancer. The five year survival rates for oral cancer remain low with nearly half of all the affected individuals dying from the disease. Early diagnosis of oral cancer is the most effective approach to decrease the mortality and morbidity. Pre-malignant lesions exist that have a much higher chance of becoming oral cancer and the recognition and management of these lesions can prevent cancer development. Oral cancer occurs in an anatomic location that is amenable to early diagnosis. Many techniques have been developed to aid in the recognition and diagnosis of both pre-malignant and malignant oral lesions. In this course the development of oral cancer, the clinical signs of the condition, the clinical and laboratory procedures for diagnosis and the long term consequences of an oral cancer diagnosis will be covered.

Foundations of Oral Health Professions

The course will provide an in depth review of the scope of Oral Health Professions. Participants will learn the foundations of dentistry and dental hygiene. The course will cover oral health concepts such as dental anatomy, dental caries, oral hygiene, preventive dentistry, general dentistry, geriatrics, public health. The course will cover specialty dental education such as prosthodontics, oral medicine/oral pathology, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery. Participants will learn about existing research at UBC Faculty of Dentistry and how it related to oral and systemic health.

Foundations of Oral Health Professions: Practical Implementation

The course will provide a hands-on approach to dental and oral health concepts that will be covered in Course A. Participants will be able to develop an understanding and individual psychomotor skills through a variety of preclinical experiences, working at the UBC dental clinic and laboratories. Participants will have an opportunity to shadow specialists in a variety of dental disciplines, and observe cutting edge research. This course will provide participants with tools to enhance their application to dental or dental hygiene programs (e.g. DAT prep, meeting with admissions specialists, resume writing , study strategies and stress management, mock interview).

Principles of Correlative Imaging

In this course, the concept of correlative imaging is introduced. To fully understand scientific samples, using different imaging modalities can provide a more complete picture. These pictures can be used to provide quantitative analysis of the structure and composition of the samples. This course will introduce the theory behind different imaging techniques ranging from x-ray micro-computed tomography to optical and electron microscopy. Topics covered will include image formation, mechanisms of contrast, and image resolution. Additional processing steps to obtain quantitative information from the images will also be introduced.

Practical Correlative Imaging

Correlative imaging is a challenging task, that requires understanding of the complete imaging chain and analysis. In this course, the students will participate in the entire workflow, from preparing the sample, imaging with different modalities, and image analysis to provide quantitative data about the sample structure and composition. Sessions will include demo sessions in the UBC Centre for High-Throughput Phenogenomics ( Proper lab attire is mandatory for all sessions of this course (clothing that covers arms/legs and closed-toe, closed-heel, solid-soled shoes).


For academic inquiry about specific courses and programs, please contact:

Siobhan Ryan
Faculty of Dentistry Summer Program
Phone 604 822-0326