As defined by the American Board of Dental Public Health, dental public health is "the science and art of preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts." Graduates of the Tufts University DMD/MPH program prepare themselves for positions in public health, clinic administration, and education. This is a young program, but our graduates are already carving out positions of leadership in this profession.
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 are the requirements?
DMD/MPH students must complete 39 semester hours in the MPH program in addition to their DMD courses. DMD/MPH students are awarded three credits for the completion of their DMD degree; these credits count toward the MPH 42 credit requirement. Students begin taking MPH courses in their third year and take at least one course each semester.
What courses do I need to take?
As for all MPH students, those pursuing the DMD/MPH must complete courses in the five core knowledge areas as well as a research methods, budgeting and management and the Applied Learning Experience (ALE). Requirements for the DMD/MPH track include a Health Literacy course, and Critical Evaluation of Scientific Literature (also taught at the dental school). 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. Candidates choose electives based on their own interests to fulfill the balance of the required credit hours.
How long does it take?
The DMD/MPH program takes four to five years to complete both degrees.
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.
This program is open only to Tufts DMD students. Students can apply to the program during their second year of dental education.
- Priority deadline: October 25th
- Final deadline: December 15th
- Priority deadline: January 15th
- Final Deadline: April 15th
- Slate Application
- Personal Statement
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- Official DAT scores
- DMD/MPH personal narrative to DMD Program Office
Students can apply to the program during their second year of dental education. Admission to the DMD/MPH Program is a two-step process:
- Students must submit a personal narrative to the DMD/MPH Program Director, David Leader (david.Leader@tufts.edu). 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.
- 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
Please complete the online Slate Application.
DMD/MPH applicants do not have to pay an application fee.
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 program 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 email@example.com.
- 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., DMD/MPH, MS/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 www.ada.org 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 Public Health Admissions Office.
On www.ada.org, 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 Public Health 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 Public Health and Community Service.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the MPH tuition costs for the DMD/MPH degree?
The following tuition rates are for 2021 – 2022 academic year* and apply to students enrolled in the dual DMD/MPH program starting in Fall 2021. DMD/MPH students are charged a flat tuition rate for each semester during their third and fourth year of dental school and for their MPH year (or fifth year). This is three years, or six semesters, total.
$6,406 / semester
The current academic year's cost of attendance budget (including not only tuition, but room and board, health insurance, books etc.) is available from the Office of Financial Aid.
* Tuition rates and fees are effective as of July 2021. Note that program cost is set each academic year and typically increases a small amount from year-to-year. The Trustees of Tufts University reserve the right to change tuition rates or fees at their discretion.
What kind of job can I get with these degrees?
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.