Certificate in Dental Public Health
The Certificate in Dental Public Health is a program for a select number of dental students enrolled at the School of Dental Medicine who have an interest in social/ public policy and community-service programs. The Certificate is awarded based upon completion of 15 units of coursework (of which 6 units will be shared/credited from SCOPE participation), including a mix of experiential learning and didactic coursework. Most coursework is taken directly at the SDM, while currently 2 courses need to be taken at the Graduate School of Public Health (no extra tuition charged).
Program admission may occur any time between the end of the first (D1) year and the end of the second (D2) year.
Requirements for admission to the program include:
- A minimum School of Dental Medicine GPA of 3.3 at the time of application.
- A two-part essay, to be completed describing the student’s previous interest in public health and anticipated application in his/her future career.
- A letter of recommendation from a School of Dental Medicine faculty member.
There is no additional tuition charged for the Certificate Program or courses, and the Program is designed to be completed within the 4-year DMD program.
Concurrent Degree (DMD/MPH)
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 is a highly competative program and only 1 student is admitted per class (those who are not admitted, generally join the Certificate program directly at the School of Dental Medicine, where more students may participate).
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.
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 concurrent 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 School of Dental Medicine 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 by visiting the Graduate School of Public Health Web site.
This 42-unit master's program requires courses to be taken in four components, along with a "practicum" requirement (see GSPH web site for details):
- All students take 18 units worth of core courses.
- A 2-credit essay requirement serves as a synthesizing document demonstrating a student's mastery of public health concepts, principles, and practices.
- 6 units of core courses taken at the School of Dental Medicine are credited as "shared".
- 16 units of elective courses, with 4 to 6 elective credits taken at the School of Dental Medicine. For these selectives to count towards the MPH degree, they need to be taken in addition to those selectives required for dental school matriculation. Current accepted courses for the MPH degree, taken at the dental school include:
Contemporary Issues in Dental Public Health (CDENT 5916). 2 units
Independent Study (CDENT 5900, other than Bridging the GAPS). 2-3 units
For more information, please contact :
Robert Weyant, DMD, DrPH, Professor and Chair of Department of Dental Public Health and Associate Dean for Dental Public Health and Outreach