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Overview

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.

The new Master of Dental Public Health (MDentPH) is subject to accreditation by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) and approval by the Dental Board of Australia.

Who should study this course?

As a specialised field of study within dentistry and the broader discipline of public health, the course will benefit dentists and non-dentists with an interest in influencing widespread community change in oral health.

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.   

Why study dental public health?

The unique marriage of fields across dentistry and public health make dental public health a rewarding field of specialisation among dentists and non-dentists with an interest in influencing the widespread improvement to population oral health.

The dental public health infrastructure comprises a wide range of federal, state, local, and private organisations that employ a dental public health workforce to operationalise the mission of dental public health, that is, to improve population oral health.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February

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 (March)

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 - 31 January

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 (March)

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
 

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.

Option to combine with

Professional accreditation

The new Master of Dental Public Health (MDentPH) is subject to accreditation by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) and approval by the Dental Board of Australia. Once approved, it will be the only program in Australia leading dental graduates who meet the standard for general registration in Australia to apply for registration as a 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 (through organised dental public health organisations and programs).
     

Contact the course coordinator

Professor Woosung Sohn - woosung.sohn@sydney.edu.au

Domestic students

International students

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