MClinDent in International Dental Public Health


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Study mode:

  • Full time

Duration:

  • 2 years full-time

Fees 2017/18

Year 1:

  • Home/EU - £7,500
  • Overseas - £21,250

Year 2:

  • Home/EU - £9,500
  • Overseas - £25,000

Why choose the MClinDent in International Dental Public Health at Sheffield?

The programme is unique in the UK as it will provide you with critical and contemporary knowledge of the theory and fundamental principles of Dental Public Health. The second year involves an international field trip were you will receive practical experience. On this field trip you will develop the competencies to work in an interdisciplinary way in public and private health agencies.

You will develop the practical skills in how to tackle the major oral health problems of a community in different international social contexts using different health promotion strategies, social change programmes and through effective planning of dental services.

The course offers a singular and “real life” practical opportunity to discover how to work as a dental public health practitioner. You will gain experience in oral health needs assessment, the development of community-oriented approaches in an international placement supported by local DPH practitioners. You will also develop skills in planning and delivering oral health promotion and social change programmes through advocacy and inter-sectoral work in dental public health.

The application window for September 2017 entry is open now

Please refer to the entry requirements and application information for more details on the application process for this programme.


Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration applicants must fulfill the following conditions:

  • A recognised dental qualification with preferably one year of postgraduate experience
  • English language: IELTS 7.0 with at least 6.0 in each component for applicants whose first language isn't English. This certificate cannot be more than 2 years old from the start date of the programme

The application should be filled in online with all the following supporting documents uploaded:

  • Degree certificate (including translation)
  • University transcript (including translation)
  • 2 up to date references
  • CV
  • Supporting statement
  • English language certificate. We require an overall score of IELTS 7 with a minimum of 6 in each component. The IELTS certificate cannot be more than 2 years old from the start date of the MClinDent programme

The supporting statement should give an honest appraisal of the following:

  • Your previous learning and training experience in dental public health
  • Your current employment. Please give an indication whether there are any activities in dental public health and/or correlated areas
  • Why do you wish to undertake this degree?
  • How will this degree help you in your future career?
  • What personal attributes do you have which mean we should select you?

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Fees and Funding

Fees 2017/18

Year 1:

Home/EU - £7,500
Overseas - £21,250

Year 2:

Home/EU - £9,500
Overseas - £25,000

(Please note each year our fee's include a small inflationary increase)

Postgraduate Taught Tuition Fees

Additional Costs

Students will take part in two fieldwork activities during the 2nd year of the course.
1. International Field Trip. Students are expected to meet the cost of visa fees. All other costs are covered by the course fees.
2. International Field Trip. Return travel from Sheffield to the location of the field trip and accommodation costs are covered by the course fees. Students are expected to meet other costs including the visa fees and food expenses.

Funding

Please click on the links below for more information on potential funding opportunities.

Scholarships for international students

Funding your study

In 2015 we created the biggest postgraduate scholarship fund that England has ever seen. Now we've put aside £1 million to fund talented new UK and EU postgraduate students in 2016. Don't miss out. Find out if you're eligible for one of our 100 scholarships.

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Information for September 2017 Entry


How your application will be considered

The application window for September 2017 entry is open now!

Only applicants with all the required supporting documentation uploaded can be considered. The supporting documents you need to submit with your application are detailed in the 'Entry requirements' section.

Conditional offers cannot be made for candidates that do not upload all required supporting documentation and who do not meet the minimum requirements for the course. The School does not make conditional offers on the submission of supporting documents.

In the event that someone has withdrawn from the course and there are no reserve applications available a new round of shortlisting will begin.

Candidates who have not yet met the minimum English Language requirement for this programme are encouraged to book onto an IELTS test as soon as possible.

Applying for the programme is a two stage process

Stage 1: Shortlisting

Applications submitted with all required supporting documentation will be considered by the Admission Tutors who will create a short list of applicants. After this initial decision-making process, the outcome will be to either attend for an interview (Skype is available), keep your application on file in the event that another round of shortlisting takes place or to reject. 

The shortlist decision date: candidates will be contacted in due course.

Stage 2: Interviews

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a Skype interview as soon as possible. If you are available for an interview in person then this can be arranged.

Final decisions will be communicated to interviewed applicants shortly after the interview.

Following the interview the decision will be one of the following:

  • A place to study will be offered
  • You will be rejected
  • You will be offered to go on a reserve list

Fee Deposit

If you are offered a place to study you will be required to pay a fee deposit of up to £1000 (one thousand pounds sterling) to confirm your place on the course. Candidates unable to pay the fee deposit by the deadline may loose their place.

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Health Clearance

All new postgraduate students entering a programme which involves exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissues must conform to the national guidelines for the protection of patients, healthcare workers and students. If you are undertaking a clinical course you will be expected to achieve a satisfactory level of immunity in respect of Hepatitis B before admission. You will be tested for Hepatitis C and HIV on commencement of your course and if you are found to be Hepatitis C antibody positive or you are an infectious carrier of HIV, then you may be unable to continue.

If you have serious health problems, or know that you are infected with Hepatitis B, C or HIV, you must disclose this information on your application form. All potential students with significant health problems will be individually assessed for suitability. Our immunisation requirements are constantly being reviewed to ensure we meet with current Department of Health guidance. You will be required to comply with these if you are offered a place. We will advise you further when you apply.

Criminal Records Bureau

Depending on your chosen course of study, if you are a UK resident, places may be subject to a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure and registration with the Vetting and Barring Scheme. If you are an overseas applicant, your application may be subject to a satisfactory check from your local police station (sometimes referred to as a Certificate of Good Conduct) along with registration with the Vetting and Barring Scheme. We will advise you further when you apply.

Information for September 2018 Entry

How your application will be considered

The application window for September 2018 entry will open 1st August 2017 and will close 30th November 2017

Only applicants with all the required supporting documentation uploaded will be considered after the deadline. The supporting documents you need to submit with your application are detailed in the 'Entry requirements' section.

Conditional offers cannot be made for candidates that do not upload all required supporting documentation by the deadline and who do not meet the minimum requirements for the course. The School does not make conditional offers on the submission of supporting documents.

In the event that someone has withdrawn from the course and there are no reserve applications available a new selection process will take place and applications submitted after the deadline will be considered as part of this process.

Candidates who have not yet met the minimum English Language requirement for this programme are encouraged to book onto an IELTS test as soon as possible.

Applying for the programme is a two stage process

Stage 1: Shortlisting

Applications submitted will all required supporting documentation will be considered by the Admission Tutors who will create a short list of applicants. After this initial decision-making process, the outcome will be to either attend for an interview (Skype is available), keep your application on file in the event that another round of shortlisting takes place or to reject.

The shortlist decision date: shortlisted candidates will be contacted as early as possible in January/February 2018.

Stage 2: Interviews

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a Skype interview as soon as possible. If you are available for an interview in person then this can be arranged.

Final decisions will be communicated to interviewed applicants shortly after the interview.

Following the interview the decision will be one of the following:

A place to study will be offered
You will be rejected
You will be offered to go on a reserve list

Fee Deposit

If you are offered a place to study you will be required to pay a fee deposit of up to £1000 (one thousand pounds sterling) to confirm your place on the course. Candidates unable to pay the fee deposit by the deadline may loose their place.

Apply Here

Health Clearance

All new postgraduate students entering a programme which involves exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissues must conform to the national guidelines for the protection of patients, healthcare workers and students. If you are undertaking a clinical course you will be expected to achieve a satisfactory level of immunity in respect of Hepatitis B before admission. You will be tested for Hepatitis C and HIV on commencement of your course and if you are found to be Hepatitis C antibody positive or you are an infectious carrier of HIV, then you may be unable to continue.

If you have serious health problems, or know that you are infected with Hepatitis B, C or HIV, you must disclose this information on your application form. All potential students with significant health problems will be individually assessed for suitability. Our immunisation requirements are constantly being reviewed to ensure we meet with current Department of Health guidance. You will be required to comply with these if you are offered a place. We will advise you further when you apply.

Criminal Records Bureau

Depending on your chosen course of study, if you are a UK resident, places may be subject to a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure and registration with the Vetting and Barring Scheme. If you are an overseas applicant, your application may be subject to a satisfactory check from your local police station (sometimes referred to as a Certificate of Good Conduct) along with registration with the Vetting and Barring Scheme. We will advise you further when you apply.

Programme Outline

The 2-year full-time MClinDent in International Dental Public Health will equip you with the ability to critically analyse dental public health problems and develop practical solutions to protect and promote the oral health of a community using evidence-based approaches.

You will also take part in the international field trip to develop community-oriented approaches and will undertake a Fieldwork Research Project in the UK or abroad in health services research. After graduation you should be able to evaluate and improve the organisation of oral health care in different social contexts.

The MClinDent International Dental Public Health requires successful completion of all modules with a total of 360 credits. Alternatively, a Master in Dental Public Health, a Diploma in Dental Public Health or a Certificate in Dental Public Health can be obtained through successful completion of 180 credits, 120 credits or 60 credits, respectively.

Programme Aims and objectives

Programme aims

  • To provide the opportunities to develop the skills to critically analyse dental public health problems and develop practical solutions using evidence-based approaches to protect and promote population oral health

  • To develop students’ understanding of the determinants of the major oral health problems of international communities as well as to elaborate strategies to tackle these determinants

  • To develop the competencies to work in an interdisciplinary way in public and private health agencies

  • To enable students to gain greater insight of undertaking primary data collection in dental public health and health services research

  • To offer students international practical experience to develop community-oriented approaches in DPH in different social contexts

Programme objectives

  • Provide students with a critical knowledge of dental public health

  • Enable students to develop the practical skills to become a dental public health practitioner acting either independently and/or as part of a team in different social contexts

  • Provide opportunities to develop the skills to critically analyse dental public health problems and develop practical solutions to protect and promote population oral health

  • Provide opportunities to develop the necessary skills to enable students to develop an evidence-based approach to dental public health in different international contexts

  • Enable students to develop their skills in research applied to dental public health

  • Provide students with the necessary skills in advocacy and intersectoral work in dental public health

  • Enable students to develop community-oriented approaches to the delivery of social change and oral health promotion

  • Develop the skills necessary to be able to conduct oral health needs assessment, and improve the organisation and evaluation of oral health care to reduce oral health inequalities

  • Provide students with the skills to plan and conduct preventive clinical oral health care, such as application of fluoride varnish, in primary care and community settings

Learning objectives

  • Be able to develop the critical knowledge and practical skills to become a dental public health practitioner acting either independently and/or as part of a team in different social contexts
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct oral health needs assessment and improve the organisation and evaluation of oral health care to reduce oral health inequalities
  • Be able to plan and deliver oral health promotion and social change as well as to undertake health services research in communities with different socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Demonstrate skills in advocacy and intersectoral work in dental public health

Curriculum

A student shall take the following modules in year one:

Introduction to Public Health (15 credits);
Dental Public Health – Foundations and Theory (15 credits);
Health Promotion (15 credits);
Dental Public Health – Application and Critique (15 credits);
Research Methods in Clinical Dentistry (15 credits);
Health and Social Justice (15 credits);
Sociology of Health and Illness (15 credits);
Introduction to Statistics (15 credits);
Dissertation (60 credits);

A student shall take the following modules in year two:

Dental Public Health - International Visit (60 credits);
Managing Social Change (30 credits);
Fieldwork Research Project (90 credits)

Assessment Methods

  • Formal examinations
  • Coursework assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Dissertation
  • Fieldwork report

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Student-led seminars
  • Problem-solving activities
  • Practical activities in primary care units through international trip

Programme Leader

Dr Mario Vettore