The Dual Degree (DMD/MPH) Program

in Dental Public Health

University of Pittsburgh

School of Dental Medicine


The School of Dental Medicine and the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh have established a collaborative program that allows first professional dental students the opportunity to initiate and complete studies leading to a Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree concurrently while enrolled in the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program.

This collaboration features the following:

  • Completion of both the DMD and MPH degrees within four years.
  • No additional tuition costs beyond the dental school tuition.
  • Customizable course selection from across all departments in the Graduate School of Public Health.
  • Special emphasis on public health issues related to oral health.
  • Possible financial support for selected students to assist with books, research, and other program costs.

Graduates will be prepared to provide the resources, research, and education needed to help meet local, national and global oral health objectives.

Our DMD/MPH graduates practice in community and public health settings where they use population-based concepts, health education, health promotion and the preventive components of public and personal health care to help reduce oral health disparities.

Students are eligible to apply to the dual degree program during their first year of dental school.

To be considered for admission, applicants must have maintained a 3.3 grade average during their first year, provide a letter of recommendation from a member of the SDM faculty, and complete a questionnaire in essay format describing their interest in public health and their future plans upon graduation. Acceptance is competitive and limited.

The program is part of the larger Multidisciplinary Master's in Public Health program for doctoral-level health professional students.  Details of the MMPH program are available on the Graduate School of Public Health Web site:

This 36-credit master's program requires courses to be taken in three components:

(1) All students take 18 credits worth of core courses.

(2) There is an essay requirement for 2 credits. The essay serves as a synthesizing document demonstrating mastery of public health concepts, principles, and practices.

(3) 16 units of elective courses, with 4 to 6 elective credits taken at the School of Dental Medicine.  Current courses at the dental school include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Dental Public Health (CDENT 5916). 2 units
  • Bridging the Gaps (CDENT 5900-a summer community internship program through the School of Medicine). 2 units
  • Independent Study (CDENT 5900, other than Bridging the GAPS). 2-3 units

Contact information:

Richard Rubin, DDS, MPH, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Dental Public Health and Director of the Extramural (SCOPE) program at the SDM;

Robert Weyant,  DMD, DrPH, Professor and Chair of Department of Dental Public Health and Associate Dean for Dental Public Health and Outreach at the SDM;