MS in Dental Public Health

The MS program is a minimum of two semesters and is designed for hygienists and dental assistants to develop and enhance the managerial and analytical skills essential to attain leadership roles in today’s changing dental health care field. Career-oriented applications of knowledge, theory, and experience are an integral part of the courses in biostatistics and epidemiology, research methods, management, dental care issues, and health care management and finance. Because learning by experience teaches additional skills important in career settings, a project or practicum of the student’s choice is a significant part of the program. Projects may include survey design and analysis; educational program development; community program planning, implementation, and/or evaluation; media development; and marketing/public relations. Graduates of the MS program in dental public health pursue careers in business, dental education, and industry. Applicants must hold a certificate in dental hygiene, dental assisting, or dental technology and should have either a bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and related experience. To receive the MS, students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average while fulfilling the curriculum requirements and complete a project or practicum.


The following curriculum forms the core of the dental public health programs. Additional course selection is contingent on the specific program of study.

  • 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
  • SDM PH 900 Directed Study in Dental Public Health
  • SDM PH 991 Research in Dental Public Health
  • SPH EP 813 Intermediate Epidemiology*
  • SPH SB 721 Behavioral Science

*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.