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Course content

A dynamic programme 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.

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


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 programme consists of six modules with assignments and written examinations, and a research project 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 programme 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.

Course format and assessment

Modular programme consisting of 180 credits, as follows: six taught modules, assessed by coursework and written examination and one research module, assessed by dissertation.

Extra information

If you are applying from overseas, you must have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment to complete the programme successfully. You can apply without submitting evidence of your English proficiency, but you will be required to provide certificated proof of your competence in English before being offered an unconditional place. Strong candidates may be given a conditional offer, which will be subject to providing an English proficiency certificate within a specific timeframe. Therefore, we advise all candidates to make early arrangements to take an English proficiency test and preferably submit a copy with their application.

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






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