Dental public health

Dental public health

Dental public health is the science and art of preventing and controlling dental disease and the promotion of oral health through the efforts of the organized community.


    It is this form of dental practice serving the community as a patient instead of the person. It refers to the dental health of public education, applied research dental, and with the administration of group dental care programs, as well as the prevention and control of dental disease in a community basis.
    (Approved by the ADA in May, 1976)


    The program is three years in length, or two years if the candidate holds a prior MPH Degree or its equivalent.

    Studies within the program in Dental Public Health are designed to prepare dentists and dental hygienists for a wide range of administrative, supervisory, academic, and research careers. In addition to the M.P.H. Degree that is administered by the School of Public Health, the Ph.D. Epidemiologic in Science is also available through the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Admission to the Dental Public Health program is usually given only to dentists and dental hygienists


    In the M.P.H. Program in Dental Public Health, students are admitted for degree courses of 48 or 60 credit hours. The 48-hour program is for dentists and extends over four terms and includes a summer field experience of some eight weeks. The 60 hour degree, over at least four terms for dental hygienists is offered with a Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent, and for dentists who wish to become board-eligible for specialty certification by the American Board of Dental Public Health. It also includes a required summer field experience. The 60-hour curriculum is accredited by the American Dental Association as meeting the educational requirements for specialty certification by the American Board of Dental Public Health.