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Dental Public Health - MSc

Course Description

The internationally renowned Dental Public Health MSc at UCL offers a challenging and innovative programme of study. Based in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, a particular strength of the programme is the focus on exploring the application of public health philosophy to dental public health issues.

Degree information

Students develop a broad understanding of the philosophy of dental public health, and in particular the underlying social, economic and political determinants of health. They are able to describe and apply the key principles of the Primary Health Care Approach, and demonstrate an up-to-date knowledge of current concepts and theories.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a project report (60 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Philosophy and Principles of Dental Public Health
-Oral Epidemiology
-Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences
-Principles and Practice of Oral Health Promotion
-Research Methods in Dental Public Health
-Regression Modelling
-Evidence Based Dental Practice
-Planning for Better Oral Health

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report of no more than 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is designed to encourage maximum student participation and involvement, and is based upon small group teaching seminars, where a questioning approach is actively encouraged, enabling students to challenge the basis for current dental policy and practice. Assessment is through internal assignments, examination, oral presentation and the research dissertation.


Many former students have become chief dental officers, dental public health academics and planners in their own countries.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Demonstrator, King Saud University
-Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India
-Licence in Dental Surgery (LDS) Part II, Royal College of Surgeons of England
-MRes Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London (UCL)
-Periodontology, University of Manchester

Many of our completing students go on to work within governing bodies, healthcare institutions and local dentist practices. A large number also go on to commence research degrees within their specified areas of interest at various higher education institutes around the world.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the world's pioneering universities with a reputation for high quality research. Located in the heart of London it is a stimulating and exciting environment in which to study.

Epidemiology & Public Health is a friendly, thriving multidisciplinary department. Staff, specialising in biology, dentistry, economics, epidemiology, medicine, psychology, public health, statistics and sociology, aim to develop a better understanding of health and prevention of ill health through vigorous research at a global, national and local level. This knowledge is applied via teaching and contributions to national and international health policy and the wider public understanding on health.

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

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved dental or medical qualification. Applicants must be confident using computers and show evidence of numeracy (e.g. GCSE Mathematics or Statistics).

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