Coordinated Doctor of Dental Medicine / Master of Public Health Program

(DMD/MPH) Coordinated Doctor of Dental Medicine / Master of Public Health.

Students must be admitted to the UAB School of Dentistry before being considered for the Coordinated DMD/MPH Program. For more information about the Dentistry Program click here.


Program Description

This coordinated degree program is offered through the UAB School of Dentistry and the UAB School of Public Health. Students may focus their MPH in any one of four areas: (1) Environmental Health Science, (2) Epidemiology, (3) Health Behavior, (4) Health Care Organization and Policy or a combination (general MPH). MPH focus courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.

UAB’s School of Dentistry has a rich history of healthcare innovation and a national reputation for excellence providing the community with skilled and knowledgeable dentists through accredited pre-doctoral and 8 accredited postdoctoral areas of study. The MPH degree prepares students for careers to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities and populations, locally and globally. The DMD/MPH coordinated degree program broadens students’ perspective concerning local and global population health and issues related to poverty and rural and intercity settings as well as the importance of access to care and prevention. The addition of an MPH degree to the DMD also expands career opportunities providing a foundation for positions in health education, research, government, international health as well as private industry.


Admissions

Students are admitted separately to the MPH and DMD programs. Upon acceptance to the DMD program, students will be accepted automatically to the MPH degree program. The MPH program may begin at any time; but, it is suggested beginning the summer prior to dental school matriculation or the summer immediately proceeding the D1 year.


Schedule and Graduation

It is expected that both programs will be completed within five years, at which time both degrees will be awarded. In the event the student fails to complete the requirements for the DMD degree but wishes to obtain the MPH, his or her background and other credentials will be reviewed by the department of interest to the student and if an appropriate MPH degree program can be identified, additional degree requirements will be determined.

Coordinated Master of Public Health and Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (MPH/DMD) Program

This coordinated degree program is offered through the UAB School of Dentistry and the UAB School of Public Health. Students may focus their MPH in any one of four areas: (1) Environmental Health Science, (2) Epidemiology, (3) Health Behavior, (4) Health Care Organization and Policy or a combination (general MPH). MPH focus courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.  Below is the MPH curriculum for this program, for information about the DMD curriculum please click here.

The DMD and MPH coordinated program may be completed within four years and students may complete the MPH degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences.

RequirementsHours
Core Requirement (21 hours):
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
HB 600Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services4
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience3
Internship (3 hours):
PUH 697Practice Placement / Internship3
MPH Focus Electives (6 hours):
Minimum 6 credit hours of Public Health (BST, ENH, EPI, GHS, HB, HCO) 600-699 level6
SOPH Coursework Total30
DMD Course Options (12 hours):
Select 12 hours of the approved electives courses below:
DENT 1140Evidence-Based Dentistry3
DENT 3220Community Dentistry1
DENT 4510Community Service Rotations D42
DENT 1290Assessments Portfolio D13
DENT 2290Portfolio Assessments D23
DENT 3290Portfolio Assessments D33
DENT 4290Portfolio Assessments D43
Total Hours42

NOTE: Students must complete the MPH Core, internship and 6 credit hours of MPH focus courses for a total of 30 credit hours in addition to the required DMD curriculum requirements. Twelve credit hours from the DMD curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree for a total of 42 MPH credit hours.

For additional information concerning the coordinated DMD/MPH program contact the School of Public Health at soph@uab.edu or Ken Tilashalski in the School of Dentistry at drt@uab.edu.