Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) in Dental Public Health

The DScD program in Dental Public Health aims to train dentists for leadership roles in the practice of dental public health, research, and teaching in an academic setting. Successful completion of coursework, a public health project, and an oral competency examination—along with an original dissertation—are required in this minimum three-year degree program. The program provides the student with in-depth knowledge and practical experience in epidemiology and biostatistics. The program also provides broad knowledge and practical experience in health care management and finance, social and cultural determinants of health, preventive dentistry, and health education and behavioral sciences. Students take courses at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and relevant courses at the Boston University School of Public Health. Students have several opportunities to conduct research and publish papers in professional journals. Graduates of the DScD program are educationally qualified to challenge the American Board of Dental Public Health examination.

Curriculum

The following list shows the core courses and some, but not all, suggested elective courses that are available for DScD students. The Year 1 curriculum encompasses the core requirements of the Dental Public Health training (i.e., required courses for the MSD in Dental Public Health). In addition to the required courses, curriculum for each student is designed based on the student’s interest and research requirements.

Year 1

  • SDM OB 830 Research Writing
  • 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
  • SPH EP 813 Intermediate Epidemiology
  • SPH SB 721 Social and Behavioral Sciences*

Year 2

  • SDM PH 822 Dental Public Health Literature Review
  • SDM PH 889 Seminars in Dental Public Health
  • SDM PH 893 Dental Public Health Grand Rounds
  • SDM PH 911 Public Health Project
  • SDM PH 992 Research in Dental Public Health
  • SPH EP 721 Survey Methods for Public Health*
  • SPH SB 820 Assessment and Planning for Health Promotion*
  • SPH SB 822 Quantitative Methods for Program Evaluation*

Year 3

  • SDM PH 823 Dental Public Health Literature Review
  • SDM PH 890 Seminars in Dental Public Health
  • SDM PH 894 Dental Public Health Grand Rounds
  • SDM PH 993 Research in Dental Public Health

Years 2 and 3 Elective Courses

  • SDM PE 817 Grand Rounds
  • SPH BS 805 Intermediate Statistical Computing & Applied Regression Analysis*
  • SPH EP 854 Advanced Epidemiology*
  • SPH EP 762 Clinical Epidemiology*
  • SPH BS 820 Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis*
  • SPH BS 852 Statistical Methods for Epidemiology*
  • SPH BS 722 Design & Conduct of Clinical Trials*
  • SPH BS 810  Meta‐Analysis for Public Health & Medical Research*
  • SPH BS 821 Categorical Data Analyses*

*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 research years.

Clinical Specialty/DScD in Dental Public Health

This minimum five-year program combines a clinical specialty with dental public health graduate training in the principles, practices, and issues relevant to dental public health. This program prepares dentists for leadership roles in academic and government settings. The duration of the program depends on the clinical specialty training requirements. The Department of Dental Public Health encourages students also to enroll in an additional one-year CAGS in Dental Public Health in order to meet the residency requirement of the American Board of Dental Public Health.

CAGS in Operative Dentistry/DScD in Dental Public Health

After successfully completing two years of advanced operative dentistry and a minimum of three years of dental public health and a dissertation, students receive a CAGS in Operative Dentistry and a DScD in Dental Public Health.

CAGS in Pediatric Dentistry/DScD in Dental Public Health

The combined program offers clinical training in pediatric dentistry as well as a community and global public health perspective. After completing two years in pediatric dentistry and three years in dental public health, both the CAGS in Pediatric Dentistry and a DScD in Dental Public Health are awarded.