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Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry/Master of Public Health (MPH)

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Program Overview


The Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Dentistry & Behavioral Science, College of Dentistry, and the College of Public Health and Health Professions have developed a new residency position option in the discipline of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Florida. This new option will graduate a dental professional with a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and with a Master of Public Health Degree in one of the 6 concentration options available in the MPH program. Most dental public health programs in the state of Florida are focused primarily on the provision of clinical dental care for children. However, few county or local dental public health programs have staff dentists who have completed specialty training in pediatric dentistry. The absence of board-eligible or board-certified pediatric dentists within health departments restricts the scope of services that might be provided and therefore reduces access to care for children. This is particularly true for very young children, those who require hospital-based care, and those with special needs. In addition, many dental public health programs are administered by dentists who have had no advanced education in public health principles, program management, or policy development. This shortcoming limits the ability of dental public health programs to effectively conduct the core dental public health functions, apply public health approaches to disease prevention and control, or incorporate evidence-based approaches to program operations.

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Graduation Requirements


All students in collaborative MPH programs must meet graduation requirements of the MPH. This collaborative 3-year program is designed to prepare pediatric dental residents for future leadership positions at dental public health facilities in the State of Florida or elsewhere. In addition to the courses in the specialty of pediatric dentistry, residents in this program will take courses leading to the MPH degree in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. During the 3rd year of the residency program, residents will practice in a public health facility and conduct a field or community-based research project.

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Admission Criteria and Process


Candidates for the program must:

  • Graduate from an American Dental Association (ADA) accredited Dental School or from an International dental school that provides equivalent educational background and standing as determined by the program
  • Meet the entrance requirements and procedures for admission to Pediatric Dentistry Certificate
  • Meet the entrance requirements and procedures for admission to the Master of Public Health

Timing of Application


Application is through PASS. This program participates in the MATCH. Deadline for application is September 15th.
Students should feel free to contact Telisha Martin (martints@phhp.ufl.edu; 352-273-6444) or Dr. Pamela Sandow (352-273-5956) if they have questions regarding the MPH/Certificate degree program.