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International Dental Public Health

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

Develop your knowledge of dental public health in international contexts, and visit Brazil to gain vital practical experience.
Postgraduate student on the course International Dental Public Health at the University of Sheffield

Course description

This course will develop your critical awareness and knowledge of the theory and fundamental principles of dental public health practice.

It includes a field trip to Brazil (in the second year) to gain practical experience. On this field trip you’ll develop the competencies to work in an interdisciplinary way in public and private health agencies.

This course will give you the skills to critically analyse dental public health problems and develop practical solutions using multidisciplinary and evidence-based approaches that protect and promote population oral health.

You'll also develop the practical skills to act as an independent dental public health practitioner in different international social contexts, using health promotion strategies, social change programmes and effective planning of primary dental care services.

Once you’ve graduated, you’ll have the critical knowledge and practical skills to become a dental public health practitioner, acting independently or as part of a team in different social contexts. You’ll be able to carry out assessments for patients' oral health needs and you'll have the knowledge and skills to reduce oral health inequalities.

Additional costs

You’ll take part in two fieldwork activities in the second year.

  • International field trip: the course fees cover all costs except for visa fees.
  • International field trip (Brazil): return travel from Sheffield to Brazil and accommodation costs are covered by the course fees. You'll need to pay for other costs including visa fees and food expenses.

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Core modules

  • 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
  • Dental Public Health: International Practice
  • Managing Social Change
  • Fieldwork Research Project

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 student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.


  • Lectures
  • Student-led seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Dissertation
  • Problem-solving activities
  • Observational work and practical activities in primary care units through an international field trip


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


2 years full-time

Entry requirements

A recognised dental qualification with at least one year of postgraduate experience.

You must also meet our health and Disclosure and Barring Service requirements for clinical courses.

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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+44 114 215 9318 or +44 114 215 9319

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Our student protection plan

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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