DDS/MPH Coordinated Curriculum


DDS/MPH (Master of Public Health) Coordinated Curriculum

What is Dental Public Health? Dental Public Health is one of the nine dental specialty areas recognized by the American Dental Association. Dental public health is the science and art of preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts. It is that form of dental practice that serves the community as a patient rather than the individual. It is concerned with the dental health education of the public, with applied dental research, and with the administration of group dental care programs, as well as the prevention and control of dental diseases on a community basis. Implicit in this definition is the requirement that the specialist have broad knowledge and skills in public health administration, research methodology, the prevention and control of oral diseases, and the delivery and financing of oral health care.

Where do graduates with their DDS and MPH practice? Graduates with their DDS and MPH practice dentistry from a population-perspective and typically work in federal and state public health agencies, hospitals, the military, and other settings.

What are the eligibility requirements for residency and certification by the American Board of Dental Public Health?  Earning a DDS from Indiana University School of Dentistry, combined with an MPH degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, qualifies a dentist to apply for residency and certification by the American Board of Dental Public Health. A total of four years of public health education and experience are required. For additional information regarding residency and certification requirements, contact the American Board of Dental Public Health.

How long does it take to complete the DDS and MPH degrees at IUPUI? Indiana University School of Dentistry and Indiana University School of Medicine's Department of Public Health offer a coordinated DDS/MPH curriculum in which students earn both the DDS and MPH degree in about five years. The DDS/MPH program enables dental students to begin work on the MPH during the third year at IUSD. Through this option, some of the course work and electives taken in the DDS curriculum will apply toward the MPH degree.

When should I apply to the MPH Program? Dental students who wish to begin taking MPH classes in the fall of their third year of dental school should apply to the MPH program in the spring semester of their second year of dental school. The DAT fulfills the GRE requirement for the MPH degree, and the interview is waived for current IUSD DDS students.

 

DDS Degree

MPH Degree

Concentrations offered in the following public health fields: (1) Epidemiology, (2) Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (3) Health Pollicy & Management, (4) Environmental Health Science, and (5) Biostatistics.

Admission
Requirements

IUSD Admission Requirements

DAT fulfills the GRE requirement.

Interview for MPH Program is not required if student is admitted to IUSD.

Year 1

First-Year Dental Curriculum

 

Year 2

Second-Year Dental Curriculum

 

Year 3

Third-Year Dental Curriculum

Fall Semester:  2 Core Courses

Spring Semester: 2 Core Courses

Summer

 

Summer:  2 Elective Coures

Year 4

Fourth Year Dental Curriculum

Fall Semester:  1 Course and 1 Required Course

Spring Semester:  2 Required Courses

Summer

DDS Degree conferred upon completion of all requirements.

Summer:  Internship
Year 5

 

Fall Semester: 1 Required Course and 1 Elective Course

Spring Semester: 1 Elective Course and the Final Concentration Project

 

 

MPH degree conferred upon completion of all requirements

This 5 year curriculum was developed by the Indiana University School of Dentistry Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry and Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Public Health. This curriculum was approved by both the DDS and MPH Curriculum Committees. Students interested in following this curriculum to complete the DDS and MPH degrees should meet regularly with advisors from both programs.

What public health concentrations are available in the MPH Program at IUPUI? 

Students can choose from the following five MPH concentrations:

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Biostatistics

Additional information on the MPH program can be found at IUPUI Department of Public Health or by contacting:

Carole Kacius, Ph.D.
Associate Chair for Academic Programs and Alumni Services
Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Public Health
kacius@iupui.edu
(317) 274-3847