Postgraduate Program in Dental Public Health - Certificate

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Degree Offered: Certificate
Program Leadership:
Enihomo Obadan-Udoh, DDS, MPH, Dr.Med.Sc., Program Director
Admissions Inquiries:
Brennan Crilly, Assistant Director, Admissions and Outreach

Program Description

This 12-month full-time program leads to a certificate in Dental Public Health. It prepares residents to become specialists in dental public health and to be board-certified by the American Board of Dental Public Health.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Dental Public Health postgraduate program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a DDS/DMD degree or equivalent by the start of the program
  • Hold an Master of Public Health (MPH) degree or equivalent by the start of the program
  • Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if your native language is not English and you have not completed at least one year of college or university-level studies in the United States.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

  1. To enable residents to develop competency in the following 10 areas outlined by the American Board of Dental Public Health (ABDPH) for dental public health specialists:
    1. Manage oral health programs for population health
    2. Evaluate systems of care that impact oral health
    3. Demonstrate ethical decision-making in the practice of DPH
    4. Design surveillance systems to measure oral health status and its determinants
    5. Communicate on oral and public health issues
    6. Lead collaborations on oral and public health issues
    7. Advocate for public health policy, legislation, and regulations to protect and promote the public’s oral health, and overall health
    8. Critically appraise evidence to address oral and public health issues for individuals and populations
    9. Conduct research to address oral and public health problems
    10. Integrate the social determinants of health into DPH practice

      Note: Patient care is not an objective of this program.
  2. To prepare residents to become eligible for the ABDPH Certification Exams and to encourage them to attain diplomate status within five years of completing their training
  3. To produce graduates who actively contribute to dental public health education, research, and practice through their job positions upon graduation.

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