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

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine provides a one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) residency program for individuals interested in careers in dental public health. Dentists who hold a CEPH-accredited Master of Public Health degree, or equivalent, are eligible to apply. Dentists without these degrees are encouraged to apply for the Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) in Dental Public Health and CAGS at Boston University. The CAGS program is designed to fulfill the residency eligibility of the American Board of Dental Public Health.


The educational goal of the Dental Public Health (DPH) residency program is to prepare graduates to become leaders in the practice of DPH. The residency curriculum is tailored to each resident’s previous education and experience. Students take selected courses from the course list below. In addition, all residents are required to complete one or more dental public health projects and participate in field experience in DPH.

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

  • SDM OB 830 Research Writing
  • SDM PH 763 Bioethics and Law
  • SDM PH 803 Biostatistics
  • SDM PH 804 Applied Statistical Analysis in Dental Public Health
  • SDM PH 806 Environmental Health
  • SDM PH 808 Health Care Management and Finance
  • SDM PH 810 Fundamentals of Dental Public Health
  • SDM PH 812 Oral Epidemiology
  • SDM PH 821 Dental Public Health Literature Review*
  • SDM PH 822 Dental Public Health Literature Review**
  • SDM PH 872 Dental Public Health Policies, Programs and Advocacy
  • SDM PH 888 Seminars in Dental Public Health
  • SDM PH 892 Dental Public Health Grand Rounds
  • SDM PH 911 Public Health Project
  • SPH PH 720 Individual Community and Population Health***

*Only offered to year 1 CAGS.
**Only offered to year 2 CAGS in the MSD/CAGS program.
***See the School of Public Health Bulletin for a detailed description. Course selection may vary according to the School of Public Health schedule.

Completion is not tracked by credit accumulation but by successful completion of individual courses and duration requirements.