MSc Dental Public Health
MSc Dental Public Health
The UCL MSc in Dental Public Health has a global reputation for high quality teaching. UCL as one of the top 10 universities in the world provides a wonderful academic environment for post graduate teaching. Over the last 25 years over 300 dentists from around the world have successfully completed the UCL MSc in Dental Public Health. Many of these individuals (recently including Sara Hurley) are now senior academics or chief dentists in their home countries.
The course is run on a modular basis comprising 8 taught modules and a research dissertation. The modules are taught by core UCL Dental Public Health staff including Professor Richard Watt, Professor Aubrey Sheiham, Dr Georgios Tsakos and Professor Martin Hobdell and a collection of external experts.
Students who gain a merit or distinction in the MSc course are then encouraged to continue their studies at UCL by registering for a PhD. Currently there are 11 UCL Dental Public Health PhD students working on a wide range of innovative and interesting topics.
"The UCL Dental Public Health Master’s has an outstanding reputation. At international conferences around the world I have met many dentists who have studied at UCL and been very impressed by their commitment to public health."
Which programme is for you?
The programme is designed for dentists and dental care
professionals who are interested in oral health inequalities and
population oral health. Other graduates keen to pursue a career in
dental public health are also welcome to apply. The programme aims to
provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of
dental public health and its application in the prevention and
treatment of oral diseases. Applicants can complete the masters 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time or the option of 24 - 60 months flexibly.
This 9 month programme, will suit those currently holding
an MSc or higher degree in a related field or those wishing to study
Dental Public Health at a high level.
For professionals working in public health or related areas,
the Dental Public Health components of the course are available as
For those already holding a Master's degree or equivalent we have a long standing PhD programme. Those students who achieve a distinction in the MSc Dental Public Health are immediately eligible to apply for this.
The aims of the Master's course in Dental Public Health are
to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the
principles of dental public health and its application in the prevention
and treatment of oral diseases.
The specific course objectives are to enable students to:
- understand the underlying philosophy of public health and dental public health
- apply the key principles of the Primary Health Care Approach
- apply the theory and practice of epidemiology, statistics and social sciences to dental public health
- understand the principles and practice of planning and evaluating oral health promotion interventions and dental health care systems
Students following the MSc programme will complete a dissertation that develops research skills and competencies in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
The MSc programme has been designed as a modular course over 3 terms.
MSc Dental Public Health: Term One
|Monday 28th September - Friday 18th December 2015|
|Module 1||Philosophy and Principles of Dental Public Health|
|Module 2||Basic Statistics and Medical Sciences|
|Module 3||Oral Epidemiology|
MSc Dental Public Health: Term Two
|Monday 11th January - Wednesday 23rd March 2016|
|Module 5||Research Methods in Dental Public Health|
|Module 6||Principles and Practice of Oral Health Promotion|
MSc Dental Public Health: Term Three
|Monday 25th April - Friday 10th June 2016|
|Module 7||Evidence-Based Dental Practice|
|Module 8||Principles of Planning|
The MSc degree (180 credits) is calculated as follows:
- 120 Credits ( For 8 taught modules): Course work assessment including multiple-choice questions and open questions, essays, presentations, data analysis etc.
- 60 Credits: Dissertation
The Diploma assessment is calculated as follows:
- 120 Credits ( For 8 taught modules)
- Teaching Assessment
Formal appraisal of teaching quality is carried out by colleagues, external assessors and anonymous student evaluation.
Courses are taught in a mixture of small seminars, larger
lectures, supervised practical work and in computer based cluster
rooms. Specialist sessions and expert statistical assistance will also
All students and staff are encouraged to attend and
participate in the department's lunchtime seminars and other research groups meetings.
|Programme Director||Professor Richard Watt. Leads the UCL Dental Public Health Research Group & Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.|
|Programme Administrator||Louise Gregory|
|Professor Aubrey Sheiham|
|Professor Martin Hobdell|
|Dr George Tsakos|
|Dr Anja Heilmann|
|Ms Huda Yusuf|
|Mr Patrick Rouxel|
|Dr Paul Batchelor (Honorary Lecturer UCL)|
|Dr Paul Brocklehurst (University of Manchester)|
|Dr Blanaid Daly (King's College London)|
|Dr Helen Crawley (First Steps Nutrition)|
|Sue Gregory (Deputy Chief Dentist, Department of Health)|
|Professor Ian Needleman (Eastman Dental Institute)|
|Professor Tim Newton (King's College London)|
|Jenny Oliver (Berkshire East & Buckinghamshire PCT)|
|Professor Elizabeth Treasure (Cardiff University)|
Professor Kasturi Warnakulasuriya (King's College London)
Quick application links:
Entry Requirements: A dental degree or dental therapy/hygiene degree from a recognised university and relevant experience in dental public health or community dentistry.
For overseas students: IELTS (British Council's International English Language Testing System) with a minimum overall grade of 6.5 and minimum score of 6.0 in each subset. Visit English Language Requirements for more information including details for other English language tests accepted by UCL.
Other useful links:
- Further course information (including tuition fees).
- UCL Fees and Funding
- Financial advice
- Life at UCL
- UCL Moodle
- UCL Library Services
For enquiries please contact:
Dental Public Health Group
Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health
UCL, 1-19 Torrington Place
London WC1E 6BT
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 1996; Fax: +44 (0) 20 7813 0280
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