MSc Dental Public Health

Are you ambitious, hard working and interested in working in public health?

The new Aubrey Sheiham UCL Studentship is available. Please see our home page for further details.

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 250 dentists from around the world have successfully completed the UCL MSc in Dental Public Health. Many of these individuals 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 staff including Professor Richard Watt, Professor Aubrey Sheiham, Dr George 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 10 UCL Dental Public Health PhD students working on a wide range of innovative and interesting topics.

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.


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.

Certificate/Short Courses

For professionals working in public health or related areas, the Dental Public Health components of the course are available as stand-alone modules.

or PhD

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:

  1. understand the underlying philosophy of public health and dental public health
  2. apply the key principles of the Primary Health Care Approach
  3. apply the theory and practice of epidemiology, statistics and social sciences to dental public health
  4. 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

Course content
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

Course content
Module 4
Regression Modelling
Module 5 Research Methods in Dental Public Health 
Module 6 Principles and Practice of Oral Health Promotion

 MSc Dental Public Health: Term Three

Course content
Module 7 Evidence-Based Dental Practice
Module 8 Principles of Planning
Module 9 Dissertation

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 be provided.

All students and staff are encouraged to attend and participate in the department's lunchtime seminars and other research groups meetings.

 Teaching Staff
Programme Director Professor Richard Watt
Programme Administrator Louise Gregory
UCL Staff
Professor Aubrey Sheiham
Professor Martin Hobdell
Dr George Tsakos
Dr Anja Heilmann
Ms Huda Yusuf
Mr Patrick Rouxel
External Staff
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 Saman Warnakulasuriya (King's College London)

General enquiries regarding admission should be addressed to: 

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

Full information on how to apply is on UCL's main website

All fees quoted are for the session 2012-2013 and relate to the whole session. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase. UK/EU: Full-time £7,750, Overseas: Full-time £20,000. Part-time fees information available on request. Full details of programme fees and funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Resource Site for Students.

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: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with normally a minimum score of 580 in the paper test or 237 in the computer-based testing system; or IELTS (British Council's International English Language Testing System) with normally a minimum score of 6.; or CPE (Cambridge of Proficiency in English) with a minimum grade of C.

"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."

Prof Sir Michael Marmot

Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the International
Institute of Society and Health and MRC Research Professor
in Epidemiology

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