Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Dental Public Health

Dentists who hold a Master of Public Health degree, or equivalent, are eligible to apply. The program is designed to fulfill the residency requirements of the American Board of Dental Public Health.


The primary educational goal of the residency program is to prepare graduates to successfully challenge the American Board of Dental Public Health examination while preparing them to be competent dental public health practitioners. The residency curriculum is tailored to the needs of each resident. Students may take selected courses, based on needs assessment, at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and the School of Public Health at Boston University. In addition, all residents are required to complete one or more dental public health field projects.

The following courses are available to choose from, based on the need of each resident:

  • SDM OB 830 Research Writing
  • SDM PE 817 Grand Rounds
  • SDM PH 763 Bioethics and Law
  • SDM PH 803 Biostatistics
  • SDM PH 804 Advanced Topics in Statistical Analysis
  • SDM PH 806 Environmental Health
  • SDM PH 808 Health Care Management and Finance
  • SDM PH 810 Introduction to Dental Public Health
  • SDM PH 812 Oral Epidemiology
  • SDM PH 821 Dental Public Health Literature Review
  • SDM PH 872 Current Issues in Dental Public Health
  • SDM PH 888 Seminars in Dental Public Health
  • SDM PH 892 Dental Public Health Grand Rounds
  • SDM PH 911 Public Health Project
  • SPH SB 721 Social and Behavioral Sciences*

*See the School of Public Health Bulletin for a detailed description. Course selection may vary according to the School of Public Health schedule.

At the discretion of the program director and/or department chair, research students may participate in clinical activities during their study.