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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing this course in 2021 and 2022 can commence their studies remotely if they are unable to undertake face-to-face study. Remote study is not available for some units of study and/or placements essential to this course and you will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 1, Year 2. For the latest updates on course availability, visit the COVID-19 information page.

About this course

The Master of Dental Public Health focuses on the prevention of oral diseases and improving oral health at a population level, particularly among vulnerable populations.

Learning opportunities are aimed at developing practical skills experience in dental public health; through problem identification, designing and implementing public health interventions, and policy analysis and development.

Students from this course will graduate with advanced skills in oral health surveillance, policy development, community-based disease prevention, health promotion, research and optimisation of oral health services and delivery.

Graduates from this course will need to have developed skills in evaluation and research in order to meet the competencies of a specialist in this area. Students who complete this program will be strongly placed to progress to study at PhD level to further their research training.

Who should study this course?

This course benefits registered dentists in Australia seeking specialist recognition as well as those who are seeking a premier education in dental public health, such as:

  • other dental practitioners (e.g., oral health therapist, dental hygienist)
  • international dentists
  • non-dentally qualified individuals working in oral health/public health.

The Master of Dental Public Health is the only accredited program in Australia leading dentists who meet the standards for general registration to register as a specialist dentist in the specialty of Public Health Dentistry (Community Dentistry).

To ensure students have a foundational understanding of public health principles, a prerequisite for entry into this course is for applicants to hold a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) or equivalent.  

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information.

Applying for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

There is no separate application required to apply for a CSP. Once you apply for admission, if you are successful in securing a CSP, you will receive notification via an offer of admission.

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is not guaranteed as there are a limited number of CSPs available for postgraduate courses. The number of available CSPs for a course can change each semester/year.  CSPs are also not automatically awarded for course transfers and upgrades.

CSPs are awarded for the duration of a course based on academic merit determined by the University and eligibility criteria specified by the Australian Government. Learn more about CSPs. If you do not qualify for a CSP you may be offered a domestic fee-paying place.

Closing dates

Semester 1 – 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 – 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information.

Closing dates

Semester 1 – 15 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 – 25 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Throughout this one-year master program, you will cover 48 credit points of study, comprising of:

(i) 18 credit points of core units of study in Dental Health Services, Population Oral Health and Preventative Dentistry and; (ii) 12 – 24 credit points of capstone research/project units of study and; (iii) 6-18 credit points of elective units of study.

You will be able to choose your elective units from the following areas of interest:

  • Health Policy and Planning
  • Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Global Health Systems and Delivery
  • Quality and Safety in Health Care
  • Advanced Statistical Modelling
  • Health and Risk Communication
  • Public Health Advocacy
  • Advanced Qualitative Analysis and Writing
  • Public Health: Critical Challenges
  • Analysing Health Policy
  • Business of Health
  • Global Health Policy
  • Leadership and Strategy in Health
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Advanced Economic Decision Analysis
  • Advanced Epidemiology

Units of Study

Admission criteria

The Master of Dental Public Health (MDentPH) competencies include a basic understanding of the level of knowledge/experience of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree or equivalent. Hence a prerequisite for entry into this course is for applicants to hold a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) or equivalent from a domestic or international university. 

Admission to the Master of Dental Public Health requires:

  • a bachelor or doctoral degree (or equivalent) in dentistry; or a bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field, and
  • a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree; or a qualification deemed by the faculty to be equivalent, and
  • performance in an interview.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants may be admitted without the master’s degree in public health who, in the opinion of the faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Option to combine with

Professional accreditation

The new Master of Dental Public Health (MDentPH) is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) and approved by the Dental Board of Australia. It is the only program in Australia leading dental graduates who meet the standard for general registration in Australia to apply for registration as a dental specialist in Public Health Dentistry.

Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

The Master of Dental Public Health will provide successful graduates with a solid foundation in research practice to pursue a higher degree by research, such as a PhD, in dental public health. A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study, and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

Graduate opportunities

You could be involved in:

  • vital oral health promotion
  • health policy development
  • oral health surveillance
  • optimising dental care delivery
  • oral health research
  • up-skilling the oral health workforce.
  • providing essential dental services to disadvantaged populations.

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Professor Woosung Sohn -

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