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Dual-Degree Options » DMD/MPH Program

Overview

The dual-degree DMD/MPH program is offered to a select number of School of Dental Medicine predoctoral students who wish to expand and enrich their knowledge and skills in public health as an integral part of their dental education. The dual-degree program provides students with a focus on population health, and a specific concentration in community oral health and dental public health. This program is designed as a full-time educational program which culminates in receipt of both the DMD and MPH degrees

Educational Objectives and Public Health Competencies

At the completion of the dual-degree DMD/MPH program, students must demonstrate achievement of the educational objectives and specific competencies expected of all University of Pennsylvania MPH graduates as well as all Penn Dental Medicine competencies.

As part of the dual-degree program, students will receive foundational knowledge in all 10 competency statements for dental public health, as formulated by the American Board of Dental Public Health. At graduation from the dual-degree DMD/MPH program, students will qualify for admission into a public health residency program in order to gain additional experience and skills to achieve competency as a public health dentist. Competency and candidacy for dental public health specialty status are achieved after the candidate has completed a dental public health residency program in addition to an advanced degree in public health.

Admissions

Students gain entry into the dual-degree program at the end of the first year of the dental education program. Admission to the MPH program is a two-step process. Students must complete a separate application for the MPH program, and must first be recommended for admission by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Division of Community Oral Health at the School of Dental Medicine. Criteria for recommendation for application to the MPH program include academic achievement and demonstrated interest and activities in dental public health. Once the Penn Dental Medicine recommendation is received, the Admissions Committee of the MPH program must then approve students. Admission to the dual degree program is highly selective, with one to two students admitted per academic year

Curriculum

Required public health courses for the dual-degree DMD/MPH program are taken throughout the dental curriculum. A chart that summarizes the curriculum plan for the dual degree program is included at the end of this document for clarification of course sequence and scheduling. As part of the dual-degree DMD/MPH program, students must complete all course, clinical and practice requirements for both the DMD and MPH degree. Students are required to complete 10 core and four elective courses for the MPH degree throughout the dual-degree program. Of the elective courses, students must complete SDM/Pubh 541 and 542 electives, and must select two other elective courses, either Public Health or joint SDM/Pubh elective courses.

Course Year/MPH Course Units
Intro to Health Promotion 508 (required DMD course/MPH elective) First Year, Fall Term, .5 MPH Course Unit
Local & Global Public Health 612 (required DMD course/MPH elective) Second Year, Fall Term, .5 MPH Course Unit
Introduction to Public Health Pubh 500 (required MPH course) Second Year, Fall Term, 1 MPH Course Unit
Epidemiology Pubh 502 (required MPH course) Second Year, Spring Term, 1 MPH Course Unit
Biostatistics Pubh 501 (required MPH course) Third Year, Fall Term, 1 MPH Course Unit
Environmental and Occupational Health Pubh 503 (required MPH course) Third Year, Fall Term, 1 MPH Course Unit
Methods in Public Health Practice Pubh 506 (required MPH course) Third Year, Spring Term, 1 MPH Course Unit
Policy, Ethics, and Law Pubh 507 (required MPH course) Fourth Year, Fall Term, 1 MPH Course Unit
Behavioral and Social Sciences in Public Health Pubh 504 (required MPH course) Fourth Year, Fall Term, 1 MPH Course Unit
Capstone Seminar Pubh 508 (required MPH course) Fourth Year, Spring Term, 1 MPH Course Unit
Experiences in Community Oral Health 712/812 (required DMD course/MPH elective) Fourth Year, Spring Term, 1 MPH Course Unit
Public Health Administration and Policy 505 (required MPH course) Fifth Year, Fall Term, 1 MPH Course Unit
Capstone Seminar 508 (required MPH course) Fifth Year, Fall Term, 1 MPH Course Unit
2 MPH electives (required MPH courses) Fifth Year, Fall Term, 1 MPH Course Unit for each

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DMD/MPH Program

The DMD/MPH program is designed for a select number of Penn Dental Medicine predoctoral students who wish to expand and enrich their knowledge and skills in public health as an integral part of their dental education.

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