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    Master in Dental Public Health

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

    Build your career in dental public health by developing your knowledge and understanding of major oral health issues.
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    Course description

    On this course, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of dental public health practice. You'll be able to apply your understanding to challenges in the delivery, planning and management of health services.

    You’ll learn how to critically analyse problems and find practical solutions that protect and promote oral health.

    Once you've graduated, you’ll also be able to understand and carry out health services research and apply key findings into dental public health practice.

    This course often produces the researchers of the future, with many students progressing to study for a PhD.

    Do you have a question? Talk to us

    Book a 15-minute online meeting with our school postgraduate taught courses director to find out more information and ask further questions.

    Book an appointment with Dr Alison Patrick


    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    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
    • Sociology of Health and Illness
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Health and Social Justice
    • Dissertation

    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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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.

    Book open day

    ScHARR campus courses - online open day

    Thursday 6 April 2023, 12-1pm UK time

    Find out more about studying at Sheffield at our online event. You'll have the chance to ask course tutors your questions during question and answer sessions.

    Register now: ScHARR campus courses - online open day


    • 1 year full-time
    • 2 years part-time


    • Lectures
    • Small group work
    • Independent study
    • Applied research dissertation

    Parts of the course are taught with students from other programmes. This creates a rich and lively environment for your learning. 


    • Formal examinations
    • Coursework assignments
    • Dissertation

    Entry requirements

    A dental or health-related degree or evidence of professional experience with at least one year's postgraduate experience.

    We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

    Entry requirements for international students

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

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

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

    Fees and funding

    David Locker Scholarships

    Three scholarships are available of £7,500 each for students with a background in social science and/or dentistry who are seeking to register for this course for the academic year 2021-22.

    David Locker Scholarship in Social Science, Oral Health and Dentistry


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

    Apply now


    +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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