Master of Dental Public Health (MDPH)


Program Description

Dundee's MDPH course can lead to a practical or academic career supporting the development of Dental Public Health and reducing dental health inequality.

This course is unique to Scotland and is a joint venture between the internationally renowned Dental Health Services Research Unit (DHSRU) at the School of Dentistry and the School of Medicine, University of Dundee.

Using the World Health Organisation (WHO) Oral Health Programme strapline 'think global act local', the course will provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding, and skills to develop a career in government-based and national Dental Public Health programmes.

This programme also focuses on evidence-based dentistry, with input from Derek Richards, Director for the Centre of Evidence-Based Dentistry, and Professor Jan Clarkson, Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Oral Health Group.

Who should study this course?

A Masters in Dental Public Health (MDPH) is the ideal course of study for those who are passionate about reducing oral health inequality.

It is designed for dental practitioners, dental health professionals and academics with an interest in Dental Public Health.

In particular, there is support for those who undertake this course while training to become specialists or consultants in Dental Public Health in Tayside and elsewhere.


MDPH graduates pursue careers in health service planning, government offices, national and international health agencies, and in academia.

Additionally, this programme will enhance current dental careers with research skills and knowledge, and give a broad base of dental health knowledge applicable in other dental healthcare fields.

Roquiyah Alsomali graduated from our Dental Public Health course in 2015. She is working with the UNFPA (United National Populations Fund) in Somalia as a Trainer for the Somali Health Demographic Survey.


I love this programme because we have a very close group of people in the class and one to one interactions with the professors which is amazing. Secondly, we have a Dental Public Health research unit that works with the WHO so there are amazing collaborations going on all of the time.

So if you want to work to help improve the quality of the community then this is the place and this is the course to be in!

ZAINAB KIDWAI, current student

Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally required to hold a first class or upper second class degree in a health-related topic and/or in subjects including dentistry, dental therapy/hygiene, the social sciences, and medical science. Applications will also be considered from others who, although not graduates, are exceptionally well qualified in terms of seniority and experience.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

Last updated May 2019

About the School

Our core mission at the University of Dundee is to transform lives, locally and globally, through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.

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