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Program Overview : Student Selection : Required Materials for Admission : Program’s Length and Timeline

Program Overview

A.T. Still University-School of Health Management (SHM) sponsors a full-time, 25-month completely online residency program in Dental Public Health. This new residency program provides a formal training opportunity for dentists planning careers in dental public health. Because the program is fully online, it enables trainees to balance their professional and personal life with their education. During this program, residents learn about the fundamental principles of public health including epidemiology, biostatistics, healthcare policy and management, behavioral sciences, and environmental health with an emphasis on oral health and dentistry-related issues. They also receive training in the 10 dental public health competencies outlined by the American Board of Dental Public Health. In addition, the program provides residents with a field experience opportunity as well as instruction in essentials of scientific research.

Program graduates receive a Master of Public Health (dental emphasis) and a Dental Public Health Residency Certificate and are qualified educationally to apply for examination by the American Board of Dental Public Health for specialty certification.

The goal of the Dental Public Health Residency program is to provide dentists with training in the general public health as well as dental public health and prepare them to function as public health dentists whose activities are concerned with preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts.

Student Selection

The program is available to qualified graduates from a school of dentistry accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or from a Canadian dental school with accreditation recognized by the commission. Graduates of schools from other countries must possess an equivalent educational background.

Applications from prospective residents are accepted within a designated time period each program year. Applications received are reviewed by the program director for completeness and compliance with educational requirements. If necessary, additional information is requested of applicants. Applications are further  reviewed by the program director and other members of the admission committee. They conduct personal interviews with eligible candidates by telephone or electronic media such as Skype. After completion of all interviews and in-depth evaluation of applicants, the admission committee makes the final decision.

Normally, between two to four residents are selected each program year. Selection is based on educational eligibility, past academic performance, past professional experience, professional references, and the candidate's essay of intention. Applicants are considered equally, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or age.

Required Materials for Admission

  1. Official dental transcript (DDS or DMD)
  2. Foreign-trained dentists should have their credentials evaluated by a credentialing agency.
  3. Completed admissions application
  4. An essay of intention
  5. Curriculum Vitae
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. Non-refundable application fee submitted with application
  8. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants when English is a second language. The Computer Based Test (CBT), Internet Based Test (iBT), or the Paper-Based Test (PBT) will be accepted. The following are the minimum required score based on test type:
    • CBT - minimum total score of 213
      (min. 22/Reading Skills section; min. 26/Writing Skills section)
    • iBT - minimum total score of 80
      (min 22/Reading Skills section; min. 24/Writing Skills section)
    • PBT - minimum total score of 550
      (min. 57/Reading Skills section; min. 61/Writing Skills section)
    • Finally, completion of an online orientation is required.

Important requirement: All residents must live inside the United States during the training.

Program’s Length and Timeline

The length of the full-time residency program is 25 months; however, part-time residents have up to 49 months (approximately four years) to complete their training. The program is quarter based and starts each year, mid-June. During the first month, residents complete their training plans and upon approval of their training plans by the program director, they begin formal courses in mid-July. The total credit hours for completion of the residency program are 68.

Program Director:
Donald Altman, DDS, MPH, MBA, MA, DHSc
Chair, Department of Public Health
480.917.1415 (f)