New Masters course in International Dental Public Health

The new MClinDent International Dental Public Health course was developed by the Unit of Dental Public Health at the School of Clinical Dentistry aiming to prepare a new cohort of oral health professionals willing to pursue an international career in dental public health with appropriate skills to meet local and global public health challenges.

The course features new directions for Dental Public Health including an International field trip, skills in managing social change and applied socially engaged epidemiology.

This is a groundbreaking and unique course in the UK as students will have the opportunity to experience dental public health in real life through practical activities in different social contexts during the international field trip and a fieldwork research project. To date, most of MDPH courses worldwide are essentially theoretical and we think the dental public health activities during the second year of the course will enhance the student’s capacity to develop and implement the adequate solutions to dental public health problems

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Dr Mario Vettore

course director of the MClinDent Int DPH

The first year of the MClinDent Int DPH will provide students the critical knowledge of the theory and practice of dental public health. The second year of our new course will involve an international field trip where students will have the opportunity to participate in dental public health activities in urban and rural communities. The practical activities will include planning and conducting oral health needs assessment in different settings, and working along with a local multiprofessional team of health care professionals to provide preventive oral health care and oral health promotion activities.

Students will be given the opportunity to develop practical skills in conducting a social material network analysis of particular policy related problems, devising a strategy for coalition building to develop social change and evaluating activities designed to promote social change.

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During the second year students will also work on “The Fieldwork Research Project” on a topic of their interest through applying qualitative and/or quantitative methods in a primary research project. Supervised planning and preparation work will enable students to carry out the fieldwork data collection, to conduct data analysis and to write a final report.