Master of Dental Public Health (MDPH)


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Program Description

Dental public health is the speciality of dentistry that deals with the prevention of oral disease, promotion of oral health, and improvement of quality of life through the organised efforts of society.

Good oral health can have a positive impact on an individual's ability to speak, smile, and socialise. You will learn how to improve fragile dental public health systems and reduce oral health inequality.

You'll learn how to design and carry out dental public health research, and understand how raw data and statistics can be used to draw meaningful conclusions and help you make decisions on how to approach complex issues.

You will work closely with Public Health students from the School of Medicine, taking a holistic approach to healthcare that will benefit you throughout your career. During this time, you will be taught at Ninewells Hospital and Dundee Dental School.

We have our own Masters Hub in the School of Dentistry, where you can collaborate and study with your peers as well as independently.

There is also an option to study extra modules in Medical Education. With successful completion of these modules, you can exit the course with a Masters in Dental Public Health with Medical Education.


“We have a very close group of people and one-to-one interactions with the professors. We have a Dental Public Health Services Research Unit that works with the WHO so there are amazing collaborations going on. If you want to work to help improve the quality of the community then this is the place and course for you!”
Zainab Kidwai, MDPH Graduate

Entry requirements

Grade 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 by others who, although not graduates, are exceptionally well qualified in terms of seniority and experience.

English language requirements
  • IELTS (overall) 6.5
  • Reading 5.5
  • Listening 5.5
  • Speaking 5.5
  • Writing 6.0


Dental public health is a global issue, so gaining an MDPH from an internationally-recognised UK university is a great way to be prepared for wherever in the world your career will take you.

This course will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed for research and management careers in a wide variety of dental and health-related disciplines.

Our alumni have undertaken roles with the United National Populations Fund, in health service planning, government offices, national and international health agencies, and in academia.

This course also provides a solid foundation for those considering speciality training in the UK or further postgraduate study, including a PhD.

Last updated Mar 2020

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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