DMD/Master of Public Health

This program is open only to Tufts DMD students. Students can apply to the program during their second year of dental education.

Application information for international students.

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring: October 25th – some flexibility
  • Spring: December 15th – final deadline
  • Fall: April 15th – rolling admissions

Application Requirements:

  • Slate Application 
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Official DAT scores
  • DMD/MPH personal narrative to DMD Program Office

Academic Requirements:

College Biology, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite to graduate from our MPH program.  Students who do not have this will normally be expected to take such a course by the end of their first fall semester.  As Tufts MPH students, they can satisfy this requirement by taking our 0.5 credit Public Health Biology course offered each fall. Enrolling at another college or university to take an undergraduate level biology course before the end of their first fall semester with us is also acceptable.

Application Process:

Students can apply to the program during their second year of dental education. Admission to the DMD/MPH Program is a two-step process:

  1. Students must submit a personal narrative to the DMD/MPH Program Director, David Leader ( The prompt of the personal narrative is as follows: Describe your career objectives and why you are interested in dental public health training. The DMD/MPH Combined Program Admissions Committee will review the application. The Committee looks for academic achievement and demonstrated interest and activities in dental public health. Applicants with an interest in becoming board certified in dental public health will be given preference for admission. 
  2. If recommended by the Committee for admissions to the DMD/MPH Program, students must then complete a separate application to the MPH Program.

For more information on the program, or to discuss your options, please contact:

David Leader, DMD, MPH
Program Director

Deposit: none

Expand categories below for detailed instructions.

Slate Application

Please complete the online Slate Application.

Application Fee
DMD/MPH applicants do not have to pay an application fee.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative describing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. Your statement should describe your:

  • reasons for interest in public health,
  • reasons for interest in the Public Health and Professional Degree programs at Tufts University, and
  • career goals
Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required.

  • Recommendation letters may be submitted online (within the application) or by mail.
  • Letters should be primarily academic in nature, and should mention the relationship of the applicant to the recommender so that their observations can be put into the proper context.
  • Electronically submitted recommendations do not need to be followed up with paper recommendations.
  • If mailed, letters of recommendation should be in a sealed envelope with the author’s signature across the seal and forwarded by you or the recommender to our address below.
  • Copies of ALL undergraduate and graduate transcripts (e.g., EMT courses, study abroad, summer courses, post-bacc) are required for review. 
  • We accept both unofficial and official transcripts.
    • Generally, your application will be processed sooner if you upload unofficial transcripts; this is also our preference.
    • Transcripts are only considered official if they are sent directly from the registrar’s office of your institution to our office in a sealed envelope.  If you scan your official transcript to your application it becomes unofficial.
  • If you’re uploading a transcript to your application:
    • Copy/scan/screenshot your transcripts for each college/university attended.
    • Upload all pages of your transcript(s) and one example of the back page to provide us with your university’s transcript key. This can be found on the back of your official transcript or on your registrar’s website.
    • PDF files are preferred but additional formats are accepted (e.g., .doc, .jpg,.tiff).
    • Scanned documents must be clearly legible and on standard US 8.5” x 11” paper. Be sure no text is cut off when scanned.
  • If you’re sending an official transcript to us:
    • Don’t upload anything in the transcripts section if you’re sending an official transcript. The system will inaccurately count this as your transcript, and review of your application will be delayed.
    • Official transcripts may be mailed via the US Mail to our address at the bottom of this page, or electronically to
  • If you received two degrees from the same institution that are on the same transcript, you will need to add the institution twice, one for each degree.  Upload the transcript with one degree and for the other, upload a blank document. If you leave either transcript section empty, your application will be left as incomplete.
  • If you are applying to a Tufts dual degree program (e.g., MS/MPH, UEP/MPH), we are unable to share credentials with the other Tufts schools.
  • If you have any courses that are in progress or being completed in a future term, please provide documentation of this (e.g., a transcript that shows courses in progress).
  • International students must also submit an OFFICIAL (not unofficial) evaluation of coursework done by an organization (e.g., WES or CED).  It must be sent directly from the evaluation agency. 
  • If you enroll, you must then provide your final official transcript with date of degree conferral from the institution where you received your bachelor’s degree.  This applies to all international students as well.

Official DAT Scores
Official DAT scores are required.



How to submit


We are not listed on to send scores electronically because we are not a dental school.  If an applicant sends scores electronically to the Tufts Dental School, the scores will not be accessible to the PHPD Admissions Office.

On, enter “Tufts University PHPD Programs” in the alternate school text box and use the address information found below. Official scores will be mailed to the PHPD Admissions Office based on that information.

DMD/MPH Personal Narrative

Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Submit a personal narrative describing the individual’s career objectives. The prompt of the personal narrative is as follows: Describe your career objectives and why you are interested in dental public health training.
  • Be in good standing at TUSDM.
  • Demonstrate a high level of interest and potential to pursue a career as a dentist with graduate training in public health.
  • Have an interest in pursuing board certification in dental public health.
  • Complete a personal interview with faculty of the Department of PHCS.

All supporting application credentials noted above should be sent to:

Tufts University School of Medicine
Public Health and Professional Degree Programs
Attn: Director of Admissions, Emily C. Keily
136 Harrison Avenue, Suite 142
Boston, MA 02111

or emailed to

DMD/MPH program information page »