Concurrent Degree (DMD/MPH), Certificate Programs and Early Admission

Dental Public Health Certificate Program and Concurrent Degree (DMD/MPH) 

The Certificate in Dental Public Health program is open to School of Dental Medicine students who exhibit excellent grades and also are motivated in providing and learning about community-based oral health programs /services to underserved populations. Application for this program occurs toward the end of the first-term of dental school. Certificates are completed by the end of the fourth year and are awarded on the student's transcript.

In another program directed toward highly motivated students, the SDM 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. .

Find more information about the Concurrent Degree and Certificate Programs.


Oral Biology Graduate Program Simultaneous Degree Option

Predoctoral applicants are encouraged to enter the PhD or MS Graduate Programs in Oral Biology. At the present time, the PhD and MS programs in Oral Biology are simultaneous but independent degrees from the predoctoral dental program in the School of Dental Medicine.
Applicants to the dental predoctoral program with an interest in the Oral Biology Graduate Programs should indicate their interest in applying to either the PhD or MS programs on their dental application, and provide an essay explaining their reasons for applying to the Graduate Program. Once accepted into the Oral Biology Graduate Program, each student will develop an individual study plan in consultation with the Graduate program directors. After successfully completing the first three years of the PhD program, students will transfer to the four-year predoctoral program. The student can apply for advanced standing status in the Oral Biology Graduate Program and transfer up to 6 credits from their dental curriculum as described in The Regulations Governing Graduate Study at the University of Pittsburgh now listed on the course catalog website. The link to the direct course catalog website can be found HERE. Predoctoral students entering the Oral Biology Graduate Programs will be subject to all requirements and regulations described above.
For more information about the simultaneous degree option at the School of Dental Medicine, please contact the Department of Oral Biology.



Early Admission

Early admission will be considered for Guaranteed Admissions Program applicants who have:

  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.85 (both science and nonscience)
  • A minimum score of 23 on the DAT (academic average)
  • All pre-requisites complete prior to matriculation and the majority should be complete prior to application

Applicants who wish to be considered for early admission must write a letter of intent that is no more than one single-spaced page. The letter of intent should be sent via e-mail to the Office of Student Affairs.

Learn more about the Guaranteed Admissions Program.

If you have any questions, contact Pitt Dental Admissions.