Master in Dental Public Health (MDPH)


Study mode:

  • Full or Part Time


  • 12 months (Full Time)

  • 24 months (Part Time)

Fees 2019/20:

  • Home EU    £9,000

  • Overseas     £22,600

Why choose the Master in Dental Public Health (MDPH) at Sheffield?

The programme provides students with a strong grounding in the fundamental principles of Dental Public Health that focus on the art of preventing oral diseases, promoting oral health and improving quality of life.

The MDPH is suited to all clinical professionals and has been designed to help those who may wish to prepare for part 1 of the MFPH examination. You will also study alongside other students from the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). As a result students have the opportunity to share their learning with those studying for the Master in Public Health.

Entry Requirements

Most candidates have a dental (or medical) degree with preferably one year of postgraduate experience.

English language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component. This certificate cannot be more than 2 years old from the start date of the programme.

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Fees and Funding

Fees 2018/19:

  • Home EU £8,000

  • Overseas £22,450

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Application Information

There is no formal closing date for applications. 

Please submit the following with your application:

  • Degree certificate (including translation)

  • University transcript (including translation)

  • 2 references

  • Supporting statement, which should detail why you are applying for this programme and explain how Dental Public Health differs from Community Dentistry.

  • English language certificate (as detailed in our 'Entry Requirements' tab)

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Programme Outline

The MDPH has been designed to provide a progression from the fundamentals to more advanced topics and finally on to dissertation. The course provides a range of generic transferable skills including tuition of basic study skills such as essay writing, referencing, and searching literature. The School also provides personal academic and pastoral support to all students.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or students numbers. In the event of any change we will consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Aims and objectives

Overall Aims

The MDPH seeks to provide students with an in depth understanding of the issues in dental public health principles and practice, and apply this to the specific challenges in delivery, planning and management of health services in their national context. 

Learning Outcomes

  • To provide critical knowledge and understanding of Dental Public Health

  • To develop student's understanding of the major oral health problems of a community

  • To equip students with the ability to critically analyse dental public health problems and develop practical solutions to protect and promote the public's oral health

  • To enable students to understand and undertake health services research and to apply key findings into dental public health practice


Subjects covered include:

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Dental Public Health: Foundation and Theory
  • Health Promotion
  • Dental Public Health: Application and Critique
  • Research Methods in Clinical Dentistry
  • Health and Social Justice
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Dissertation

Assessment Methods

  • Summative and formative assessment in the form of essays and oral presentations
  • Examinations
  • Research Dissertation

Teaching Methods

  • Staff-led seminars
  • Student-led seminars
  • Lectures

Programme Leader

Alison Patrick