MClinDent in International Dental Public Health

International Dental Public Health

Study mode:

  • Full time


  • 2 years Full time

Fees 2019/20

Year 1:

  • Home/EU - £9,000
  • Overseas - £22,600

Year 2:

  • Home/EU - £14,000
  • Overseas - £27,600

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 to Brazil where 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 2019 entry is now open

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

Entry Requirements
  • A recognised dental qualification with preferably one year of postgraduate experience
  • English language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 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

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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 (Brazil.) Return travel from Sheffield to Brazil and accommodation costs are covered by the course fees. Students are expected to meet other costs including the visa fees and food expenses.


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Application Information

Please submit the following with your application:

  • Degree Certificate (including translation)
  • Degree Transcript (including translation)
  • 2 up to date references
  • CV
  • Supporting Statement
  • English Language Certificate (as detailed on our 'Entry Requirements' tab)

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 means we should select you?

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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.

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.

Aims and Objectives

Overall 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

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


Subjects covered in Year 1 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 

Subjects covered in Year 2 include:

  • Dental Public Health - International Visit
  • Managing Social Change
  • Fieldwork Research Project

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

Important Note
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information provided. This University can accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions.

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.

Programme Leader

Dr Alison Patrick