Certificate in Dental Public Health

The School of Dental Medicine Certificate in Dental Public Health program enrolls a select number of Pitt Dental Medicine students who have an interest in social & public policy and community service programs, with a focus on community-based oral health. The Certificate is awarded to each students who has completed 15 units of coursework (six units will be designated as shared/credited SCOPE participation), including a mix of experiential learning and didactic coursework. Requirements of the program include a practicum, where the student will develop and/or engage in a community health program. The certificate appears on the student’s transcript as a degree goal and also will appear on their final transcript.

Coursework is administered at Pitt Dental Medicine with 2 courses provided through the Graduate School of Public Health (Pitt Public Health). Courses taken at the Pitt Public Health are specific to each student's interests in consultation with the certificate director.

Pre-doctoral dental students (generally 5-10 students per class) are admitted to the Certificate Program during the spring semester of year-one and no later than the end of their second-year. Admission is based upon review of personal goals, grades and interview.

Requirements for admission to the program include

1. A minimum Pitt Dental Medicine GPA of 3.3 at the time of application. 
2. A two-part essay describing the student’s current & prior interest in dental public health, and anticipated application in their future career.
3. A letter of recommendation from a School of Dental Medicine faculty member.
4. Maintenance of minimal grade point and m
5. Completion of clinical responsibilities

Suggested curriculum to complete the Certificate Program

SCOPE I
3
Shared credits with DMD degree. 
Approved share by Provost office

SCOPE II
3
Shared credits with DMD degree.
Approved share by Provost office

Contemporary Issues in Dental Public Health (CDENT 5916)
2
Selective (Drs. Rubin and Balakrishnan )

Advanced Principles in Dental Public Health (CDENT 5930)
1
Selective in advanced dental public health—includes health advocacy (Dr Balakrishnan)

Community Service Practicum Independent Study (CDENT 5900)
3
Selective (covers 2 terms)

Total credits at Pitt Dental Medicine
12
Completed courses from SDM

Two GSPH Courses
Maximum of 4-6 units only
Please see Pitt Public Health website for course details.

Certificate in Dental Public Health is earned when 15-17 total credits have been earned in accordance with the program requirements.