Concurrent Degree (DMD/MPH) Program

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health (Pitt Public Health) have established a collaborative program that allows first-professional (DMD) 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 is a highly-competitive program and only one student per class is admitted.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to provide the resources, research and education needed to help meet local, national and global oral health objectives. Pitt DMD/MPH graduates practice in community and public health settings where they apply population-based concepts, health education, health promotion and the preventive components of public and personal health care to help reduce oral health disparities.

Please also review the Certificate in Dental Public Health, which admits more students per year.

Features of the program

  • 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 at Pitt Public Health
  • Special emphasis on public health issues related to oral health.

Students are eligible to apply to the concurrent degree program during year-one at Pitt Dental Medicine. To be considered for admission, applicants must have maintained a 3.2 grade average throughout their first year; provide a letter of recommendation from a member of the Pitt Dental Medicine faculty; and complete a questionnaire in essay-form describing their current & prior interest in dental public health, and anticipated application in their future career. 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 by visiting the Pitt Public Health Web site.

Concurrent Degree Program Requirements

The Concurrent Degree program requires 42 units which are to be taken in four components, and shall include a practicum requirement.

  • Core courses (18 units)
  • Six units of core courses taken at Pitt Dental Medicine are credited as "shared"
  • Two-credit essay requirement serves as a synthesizing document demonstrating a student's mastery of public health concepts, principles and practices.
  • Elective courses (16 units), with four to six elective credits taken at Pitt Dental Medicine. Pitt Dental Medicine selectives applied towards the MPH degree must be taken in addition to selectives required for Pitt Dental Medicine matriculation. Currently-accepted courses for the MPH degree, taken at the dental school include Contemporary Issues in Dental Public Health (CDENT 5916) for 2 units and Independent Study (CDENT 5900, excluding Bridging the GAPS) for 2-3 units