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.


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.

MPH / DMD Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to be integrated, to a limited extent, in an effort to enhance recruitment of students into this coordinated program while still meeting the instructional objectives of each degree.   Below are the course required for the MPH degree, for information about the DMD curriculum please click here.

Core Requirement
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services3
PUH 697Practice Placement / Internship3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Required Course
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates (this course is waived)3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
PUH Electives10
DMD Course Options Select 12 hours of the approved electives courses below12
Evidence-Based Dentistry
Community Dentistry
Community Service Rotations D4
High Stakes Assessments D1
High Stakes Assessment D2
High Stakes Assessments D3
High Stakes Assessments D4
Total Hours42

At the end of the program you need 30 hours from School of Public Health and 12 from School of Dentistry (42 total hours).