About the MPH/DPH Program


This combined non-clinical, non-thesis program allows students to advance their knowledge in dental public health, an area of dentistry focused in promoting oral health as well as preventing and controlling oral and dental diseases. The program encompasses education, field work, and public service components that contribute to the health and sociocultural progress of Canadians. The curriculum is ingrained in critical thinking and evidence-based practice that combines a broad spectrum of courses from the UBC School of Population and Public Health and the Faculty of Dentistry. The field work experience comes in the format of a practicum that involves community participation and research practice at local, national or international partnering organization. The practicum focuses on the assessment of the oral health needs of the community, specially the marginalized and disadvantaged; development and implementation of oral health policy; and provision of programs and services that address oral health issues of people with special needs, including not limited to First Nations, intravenous drug users, immigrants and refugees, and low income/working poor.

Successful completion of the program leads to the combined Masters of Public Health (MPH) and Diploma in Dental Public Health (DPH). The program provides educational training for dentists with a DMD or equivalent. Dental hygienists with a dental hygiene diploma from an accredited program plus a baccalaureate degree or a dental hygiene degree are also eligible to apply to the program.

Achievement of the combined MPH/Diploma in Dental Public Health requires full completion of the didactic, rotations and practicum requirements associated with the Master in Public Health program in the School of Population and Public Health and with the diploma program in the Faculty of Dentistry In this combined program, the diploma and the master are awarded conjointly and both must be completed to graduate. A student who withdraws from the program does so as a whole, and will not be able to complete the MPH or the diploma alone. Normal course of study is two and a half full-time academic years to prepare the graduate student for practice in dental public health.

Currently, graduates of the combined MPH/DPH, who hold a DMD or equivalent degree, will not be eligible to take the examinations for specialty certification in Dental Public Health of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

The deadline for fully documented applications is January 15th for entry the following September.

For more information about the MPH/DPH program please contact Program Director Dr. Mario Brondani.