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Master of Dental Public Health

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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.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Subject areas

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 fee

How to apply

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’s degree in public health; or 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.

Course opportunities

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

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue higher degree research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy offered by the Faculty of Medicine and 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).
     

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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