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A dynamic course that challenges you to think critically about oral health at population level. Subjects covered include the philosophy and principles of dental public health; the major health problems of a community (and their determinants); the organisation and delivery of oral health services; research methods, epidemiology and statistics; methods of control and prevention of oral and dental diseases; planning and evaluation for oral health; and social and behavioural sciences as applied to dentistry.

Our research themes include the social determinants of oral health inequalities, the burden of oral diseases on individuals and society, and health services research, including dental workforce.

Key benefits

  • Practical experience in dental public health by participating in teaching, research health promotion and health services activities during placements.
  • Strong emphasis on evidence-based prevention of oral disease at population level.
  • Developing technical skills in dental public health such as critical appraisal of evidence, designing oral health surveys, planning and evaluting dental programmes, devising research protocols and data management.
  • A dissertation format that enables students to submit their work for publication in scientific journals.
  • In-house preparation for the Diploma in Dental Public Health examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


The course consists of six modules with assignments and written examinations, and a research project module in dental public health assessed by dissertation. It includes opportunities to work and learn with a multidisciplinary team, practical experience in some dental public health activities, and involvement in high quality research. The programme is also recognised for the Royal College of Surgeons of England Diploma in Dental Public Health examination.

Course purpose

The MSc in Dental Public Health is especially for people, not just dentists, who intend to become planners, managers of services, epidemiologists, health promoters and teachers of public health dental subjects. 

The course aims to produce a highly knowledgeable individual, proficient and skilful in dental public health with an appreciation of the need for lifelong learning and the need for application of advances in relevant knowledge.

Further literature

A graduate handbook, which includes a preliminary reading list, is available on request from the department at 

Course format and assessment


In a typical year you will study as follows:

Lectures, seminars and feedback: 600 hours

Self-study: 1200 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


You are assessed through a combination of coursework (40%) and examinations (60%).

The dissertation is assessed as a written research report, including a research protocol and a scientific manuscript ready for submission to a peer-reviewed indexed dental journal.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Required modules

You are required to take:

  • Introduction to Dental Public Health (20 credits)
  • Principles of Epidemiology (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Oral Health Promotion & Oral Disease Prevention (20 credits)
  • Planning & Evaluation for Oral Health (20 credits)
  • Dental Public Health Research Project (60 credits)

Optional modules

You are required to take one of two 20 credit optional modules:

  • Basic Statistics for Dental Public Health (20 credits)
  • Social & Behavioural Sciences as Applied to Medicine & Dentistry (20 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Required Modules

  • Introduction to Dental Public Health: Module code: 7NPHPH01: Credit level: 7
  • Principles of Epidemiology: Module code: 7NPHPH02: Credit level: 7
  • Research Methods: Module code: 7NPHPH03: Credit level: 7
  • Oral Health Promotion & Oral Disease Prevention: Module code: 7NPHPH05: Credit level: 7
  • Planning and Evaluation for Oral Health: Module code: 7NPHPH06: Credit level: 7
  •  Dental Public Health Research Project: Module code: 7NPHPH07: Credit level: 7

Optional Modules

  • Social and Behavioural Sciences as Applied to Medicine and Dentistry: Module code: 7NPHPH04: Credit level: 7
  • Basic Statistics for Dental Public Health: Module code: 7NPHPH08: Credit level: 7

Visit the Dental Public Health MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!