Doctor of Medical Dentistry/Master of Public Health (DMD/MPH)

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Program Overview


Students with an interest in public health dentistry and policy may choose to pursue a joint DMD/MPH degree offered collaboratively by the College of Dentistry and the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Under the joint degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in approximately one year less than it would take to obtain them if pursued consecutively. The DMD/MPH joint degree program adds about one academic year to the time required to complete the DMD degree. The MPH, a 48-credit program, usually takes 2 years to complete. The timeframe is shorter for the joint degree because the MPH program accepts 12 credits from required dental school coursework, and the DMD program allows 6 credits from the MPH coursework.

Most students will complete the first 2 years of dental school, and then take 1 or 2 electives or requirements. Then, they will complete much of their MPH coursework during the next year (4th year of joint degree), followed by a final year that will include additional MPH requirements.

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Graduation Requirements


All students in collaborative MPH programs must meet graduation requirements of the MPH. All students must also satisfy the curriculum requirements for each degree before either degree is awarded. The MPH, a 48-credit program, will allow 12 credits of appropriate dental school courses to be credited toward both MPH and DMD degrees. Reciprocally, medical students may receive toward the satisfaction of the DMD degree 6-semester credits for courses taken in the graduate curriculum for the MPH degree. Students must carry the minimum number of credits required by either college.

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Admission Criteria and Process


Candidates for the program must:

  • Meet entrance requirements and procedures for admission to Doctor of Dental Medicine program
  • Meet entrance requirements and procedures for admission to Master of Public Health degree program.
  • Apply during the spring of their 2nd year of dental school (no later than July 1)

Most students will have already been admitted to dental school before applying for the joint program sometime during the 2nd year of dental school. The joint degree program is not open to students who have already earned either the DMD or the MPH degree.

Note that the MPH program may accept DAT scores as a replacement for the GRE, if requested.

Timing of Application/Admission


Students are encouraged to begin discussions about the combined degree at any time after admission to dental school. The actual time of application will typically be during the spring of the student’s 2nd year of dental school (no later than July 1). Students will typically begin their MPH coursework in the fall semester of their 3rd year of dental school.