Master of Science
For dentists and other graduates wishing to pursue a career in dental public health, oral epidemiology and health promotion in either service or university settings, the programme offers supervised experience in the theory and practice of dental public health and the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills. It can contribute to a three year specialist training programme in Dental Public Health. Programme completion offers eligibility to enter the Diploma in Dental Public Health examination of the Royal College of Surgeons (England).
The programme includes timetabled seminars, personal study and supervised research. All programme taught modules are considered core teaching, although you have considerable choice when selecting a research topic. The taught modules’ content includes:
Oral health needs and demands assessment, including critically evaluating the dental literature, preparing scientific reports, familiarity with indices and determinants of oral disease, epidemiological principles and information sources
Information technology, including computer skills in data analysis, analysing epidemiological data and competencies in common computer software packages
Service planning and evaluation, including resource allocation, measuring service quality and conducting audits
Promoting oral health, including the principles, methods and limitations of prevention and oral health promotion, health determinants and preventive strategies
Research methodologies, both social science and clinical, and the application of scientific principles to research.
Students are encouraged to develop appropriate key written, oral, group work and time management skills.
You are assessed on a modular basis. The assessment procedures vary between each module and include written papers, in which three questions will be answered from a choice, long essays, drafting study protocols, proposing a solution to oral health needs and a critical review of a published paper using appropriate criteria. One third of your final grade is through your completion of a 20,000 word project report. You will also take part in an oral examination based on your project report.
We acknowledge professional practice gained from a wide variety of relevant backgrounds, requiring a minimum of two year’s post qualification full-time experience in addition to having a recognised degree.
For language requirements, please refer to the International Students section.