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D.M.D./M.P.H. Dual Degree Program

Doctor of Dental Medicine
Master of Public Health
dual degree program

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I earn my MPH and DMD at the same time?

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree requires successful completion of a total of 15 courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Each course is 10 weeks long. You will have completed the first 5 courses (of the 15) by the middle of your D3 year. However, if you would like to enroll in the MPH program, you would ideally take the 4th and 5th courses of your certificate program the summer before enrolling as a Master’s student (between D3 & D4 year). You would then start the MPH in the fall, taking 2 courses at a time.

Who pays for my MPH tuition?

Your first 5 courses are included in your dental school tuition. Three of the courses from dental school are transferred as MPH program credits; therefore, seven courses remain after you finish the certificate program. You must pay for additional courses. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Do I need to be on campus for the MPH courses?

No, all courses are online, with the exception of the practicum which is an 8-credit field study course.

Do I need to apply to the MPH program?

You will need to apply to the School of Health Management (SHM) online. The application fee is waived for current dental students. Your appointed Academic Success Coordinator will remind you of any deadlines related to the MPH program.

What types of courses are offered in the MPH Program?

Examples of Core courses include:

  • Practical Dental Research Planning and Design
  • Biostatistics for Dental Research
  • Public Health Biology
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Dental Policy and Administration
  • Public Health Practicum (pass/fail field study course)

Elective Topics include:

  • Health Program Planning
  • Health Policy
  • Geriatric Health
  • Executive Coaching
  • Global Health

What are the benefits of getting my MPH degree?

Additional education can open more doors, leading to further opportunity in the field of dentistry. Some career paths that graduates of the dual-degree program can choose include:

  • Dental Clinic Director, Community Health Center
  • Health (Medical and Dental) Care Director, Community Health Center
  • Private Dental Clinic Director
  • Administrative positions in Public Health Settings
  • County/State/Federal Government Employment
  • Dental Faculty positions
  • Opportunities in Dental Organizations such as ADA, AAPHD, and NNOHA
  • Opportunities in International Dentistry with organizations such as WHO and FDI World Dental Federation

Is there an advantage to getting my MPH as a dual-degree student vs. getting my MPH after dental school?

You are already a student and able to devote the time to study for the degree. When students leave school, other distractions occur in life and the chance of going “back to school” becomes more remote. Also, the MPH program compliments current dental education putting learned material into perspective.

Is it mandatory to get my MPH degree to graduate from dental school?

No, enrolling in the MPH program is optional. However, it is mandatory to take five public health courses leading to a certificate as part of your dental school curriculum.

Where can I find more information?

The SHM academic calendar, MPH-dental emphasis course descriptions and admission requirements can be found online.