Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Dental Public Health MSc

The internationally renowned Dental Public Health MSc at UCL offers a challenging and innovative programme of study

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UCL's Dental Public Health MSc programme has an outstanding national and international reputation. A particular strength of the programme is the focus on exploring the application of public health philosophy to dental public health issues.

The programme has been running since 1983, making it the first and oldest Dental Public Health MSc in the UK. The programme has trained hundreds of international students, many of whom are now in senior academic and dental public health roles around the world.

Students will be taught by members of the internationally renowned UCL Dental Public Health Research Group, led by Professor Richard Watt. The UCL Dental Public Health Research Group has led the dental public health agenda on key issues which are now international priorities. These include the unfair and unacceptable social inequalities in oral health that we see all around the world today, as well as the risk factors that are shared between oral and general health, such as the overconsumption of sugar. UCL's Dental Public Health Research Group are a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre of Oral Health Inequalities and Public Health, and regularly provide high quality evidence and advice to improve population oral health and to reduce oral health inequalities.

The UCL Dental Public Health Research Group also has a leading role on oral epidemiology and health outcomes measurement. It works with and advises key national and international organisations such as: 

Professor Richard Watt co-leads the Lancet Commission on Oral Health, which was established in 2020 following publication of the ground-breaking Lancet Oral Health Series that highlighted the global public health importance of oral diseases and the need for a radically different policy agenda. Read Professor Richard Watt’s profile in The Lancet.

Professor Georgios Tsakos is Co-President of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR), Behavioural Epidemiological and Health Services Research group and Chair of the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe. The Platform addresses the European Parliament and Commission on the importance of Oral Health as part of general health and works to reduce inequalities in oral health and enhance EU action on oral health.

To find out core information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, visit the UCL prospectus site.

Course information

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules and a project report. Module information is available via the links below (pdf).  

Compulsory modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

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