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Urban — Global Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH) in Dental Public Health (45 credits)


Competencies for the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Dental Public Health (45 credits)

Each Department identifies competencies for each degree offered. These competencies reflect the full range of knowledge, skills, and other attributes that a student will acquire as a result of completing the requirements for a particular degree.

Upon graduation, a student completing the MPH curriculum in Dental Public Health will be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology of oral disease, syndromes, and target disorders
  • Conduct critical analyses of the scientific literature in dental public health
  • Design and utilize a surveillance system to monitor oral health
  • Apply clinical decision analyses for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and prognosis of oral diseases
  • Apply the systems model approach to health care delivery systems
  • Perform program planning and resource allocations in dental public health programs


Curriculum for the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Dental Public Health (45 credits)

Students seeking the MPH in Dental Public Health degree must complete 45 credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of least 3.0; earn no more than nine (9) credits bearing grades less than “B,” and complete the degree requirements within six years. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.

By the time students have completed the core courses, they will indicate a preference for one of these two areas:

  • Oral epidemiology
  • Public policy and oral health service administration
  • CORE COURSES (15 credits)
    • PHCO 0501 - Health Systems and Policy
    • PHCO 0502 - Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
    • PHCO 0503 - Introduction to Environmental Health
    • PHCO 0504 - Introduction to Biostatistics (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
    • PHCO 0505 - Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in Public Health
  • FIELDWORK (6 credits) -- For Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2016
    • FDWC 0600 - Fieldwork I (1 credit)
    • FDWC 0601 - Fieldwork II (5 credits)
  • PRACTICUM (6 credits) -- For Students Enrolled Fall 2016 and After
    • PRAC 0705 - Practicum I (1 credit)
    • PRAC 0707 - Practicum IIA (2 credits)
    • PRAC 0709 - Practicum IIB (3 credits)
  • REQUIRED COURSES (18 credits)
    Note: Students should review the Course Descriptions for specific information about prerequisites required for required courses and recommended electives.
    • DNPH 0611 - Public Policy and Oral Health Service Administration
    • DNPH 0612 - Advanced Informatics and Dental Public Health
    • DNPH 0617 - Program Planning and Resource Allocation
    • DNPH 0629 - Oral Epidemiology of Chronic and Infectious Diseases
    • BIST 0515 - Intro to SAS for Data Analysis in Public Health (2 credits)
    • EPID 0584 - Computing II: EPI Info (1 credit)
  • -also-
  • Choose one of the following two:
    • DNPH 0690 - Research Methods in Oral Epidemiology
    • DNPH 0694 - Research Methods in Public Policy and Health Services Administration
  • Recommended Elective Courses (6 credits)
    • DNPH 0613 - Cardiology
    • DNPH 0614 - Oral Health Policy and Aging
    • DNPH 0615 - Community Based Research in Dental Public Health
    • DNPH 0616 - Oral Health Promotion and Preventive Dentistry
    • DNPH 0625 - Design of Quasi-Experimental and Experimental Studies