"With an increased awareness of the need for the prevention and control of oral disease, especially in vulnerable populations, dental public health is playing an increasingly visible role in good overall health. The DMD/MPH program gives oral health professionals the skills to assess, develop and implement innovative programs in community settings as well as across diverse populations.”  Wanda Wright, DDS, MS, MSD

What is dental public health?
As defined by the American Board of Dental Public Health, it is the science and art of preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.

What would my course of study look like if I pursue a combined DMD/MPH degree?
DMD/MPH students must complete 13 credits in the MPH program in addition to their DMD courses.  The program can be completed in four and one-half or five years.   Students begin taking MPH courses in their third year and take at least one course each semester.

What are the career opportunities available with a DMD/MPH?
Public health dentists work in three major areas: government (local, state and federal levels), education, and in the workforce. Possible career settings include dental education, public and private research entities, philanthropies, community-based practice, government agencies, and insurance companies.

What courses will I need to take?
As for all MPH students, those pursuing the DMD/MPH must complete MPH core course requirements:  one course each in of the five core knowledge areas, a methods course, a health care budgeting and management course, and the Applied Learning Experience (ALE). The ALE requires students to synthesize knowledge acquired in coursework and apply it to a public health project of their own design involving at least 160 hours of practicum work. In addition, students also take Integration of Dental Public Health, a monthly seminar held throughout the program to help integrate public health work and dental studies.  As the MPH in this program is a generalist degree, the remaining courses are taken as electives to complete the necessary credits for the public health degree. 

What are the MPH tuition costs for the DMD/MPH degree?
Students pay a flat rate per semester during years 3 and 4 of dental school and the MPH year. See the tuition table for current rates.

How do I apply?

Students apply during their second year of dental education, either in September or December.  Applicants with an interest in becoming board certified in dental public health will be given preference for admission.  If recommended by the DMD/MPH Program Admissions Committee, students must then complete a separate application for admission to the MPH program.

Where can I get more information?
For information about the program contact:; for admissions information visit: DMD/MPH Admissions.