Master Dental Public Health (MDPH)

School of Clinical Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Dental professionals from all over the world come to Sheffield for postgraduate courses that enhance their careers.

We offer clinical and non-clinical courses that will further your career and develop your interests.

All our courses are based on internationally-recognised research. All our course leaders are registered specialists in their disciplines.

We have facilities for treatment under sedation, a dental radiography department, oral pathology laboratories and a hospital dental production laboratory.

About the course

Develop an in-depth understanding of dental public health practice. Apply your understanding to the challenges in the delivery, planning and management of health services.

You'll learn how to critically analyse problems and find practical solutions that protect and promote oral health.

If you're too busy for a full-time course, a distance learning version of this course is also available where you can study at home via the internet.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Dental Public Health: foundations and theory
  • Health Promotion
  • Dental Public Health: application and critique
  • Research Methods in Clinical Dentistry
  • Current Concepts in Dentistry
  • Sociology of Public Health
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Dissertation


  • Lectures
  • Small group work
  • Independent study
  • Applied research dissertation

Parts of the course are taught with students from other programmes. This creates a rich and lively environment for your learning.


  • Formal examinations
  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation

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Archana Singh, postgraduate in the School of Clinical Dentistry

The course was well organised, starting from building the concept of public health and then relating the subject to the field of dentistry. The teachers were highly interactive during the course, which made the subject a lot more interesting.

Archana Singh, postgraduate student in School of Clinical Dentistry

Key Facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
  • Distance learning option available (3 years)

Entry requirements

A dental or medical degree, preferably with at least one year's postgraduate experience.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

We offer clinical and non-clinical courses that will further your career and develop your interests. Many of our clinical graduates go on to specialist dental practice, hospital practice or academic posts. Our established outduction programme will support you when you graduate, helping you to compete in an international job market.

World-leading dental school

Our internationally recognised oral and dental research is organised into two overarching themes: ‘clinical and person centred’ and ‘basic and applied’. These themes are supported by three interdisciplinary research groups: Bioengineering and Health Technologies, Integrated Bioscience, and Person Centred and Population Oral Health.

We believe that dental science should not be constrained by the traditional boundaries created by specific clinical disciplines and that progress derives from a multidisciplinary approach. Our research supports our teaching, enabling a blended approach to learning.

Your course will make the most of virtual learning environments and advanced practical sessions, as well as traditional lectures and seminars.


You'll complete your clinical training in Sheffield's Charles Clifford Dental Hospital. There are 150 dental units with modern facilities for treatment under sedation, a well-equipped dental radiography department, oral pathology laboratories and a hospital dental production laboratory.

We have new modern research facilities and laboratories for tissue culture, molecular biology, materials science and histology-microscopy. All laboratories have dedicated technical support and academic expertise to guide you.

Health clearance

As you will be starting a course that involves exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissues, you must conform to the national guidelines for the protection of patients, health care workers and students.

Before admission to this clinical course you will need to achieve a satisfactory level of Hepatitis B immunity. You'll be tested for Hepatitis C and HIV when you start. If you are found to be Hepatitis C antibody positive or an infectious carrier of HIV, then you may not be able to continue.

If you have serious health problems, or know that you are infected with Hepatitis B, C or HIV, you must tell us on your application form. We assess all potential students with significant health problems.

Our immunisation requirements are constantly being reviewed to ensure we meet current Department of Health guidance. You need to comply with these if you are offered a place. You'll get more information when you apply, but if you have any questions on health clearance issues, please get in touch.

Disclosure and Barring Service

If you apply for one of our clinical courses, you'll need a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure. If you do have any criminal convictions or cautions (including verbal cautions) and bind-over orders, please tell us about them on your application form.

If you have not lived in the UK in the preceding five years before you commence our programme, you'll need to provide us with a Certificate of Good Standing from the police authority in your home country.

You'll get more information on the DBS and the Certificate of Good Standing when you apply.

Local NHS policies and procedures

Clinical training in Charles Clifford Dental Hospital requires you to comply with their policies and procedures, which include the Department of Health policy on being ‘bare below the elbow’. For clarification on these policies and procedures before you apply, please see our website.

Policies and procedures

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our online form:

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 271 7884