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MSc Dental Public Health (MDPH)

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Dental Public Health (MDPH)
Duration
2 years PT, 2-5 years PT
Entry requirements

We require a degree in dentistry or a non-clinical science or social science subject (minimum Upper Second or equivalent GPA) from a recognised institution. You should preferably have two years of work experience and be currently working in an area with a link to oral health.

We will consider applicants with other qualifications, research or professional experience on an individual basis, although you may be required to register for the PGDip in the first instance.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MDPH N N Y Y
PGDip N N Y Y
PGCert N N Y Y

Course overview

Anne-Marie Agius - Master of Dental Public Health

"All lecturers and tutors were very forthcoming and provided one-to-one guidance when asked questions both on the online discussion boards and/or personal emails.

"This course offered the flexibility I needed in my line of work and will help me pursue a career with the local Superintendence of Public Health."

Anne-Marie Agius / Dental Surgeon, Malta
  • Develop the skills and knowledge you need for a career in planning and delivering oral health services, or in research.
  • Learn how to critically assess the evidence that underlies oral health practice and follow a population approach to health issues.
  • Study at a university ranked 5th in the UK and in the top 25 in the world for Dentistry (QS World University Rankings 2020).
  • This course is recognised as part of training in the higher speciality of Dental Public Health and as preparation for the Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
  • Benefit from flexible learning due to the online nature of the course combined with options for full or part-time study.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MDPH (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £19,000
  • MDPH (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £950 per 15 credits and £1,900 for dissertation
    International students (per annum): £1,900 per 15 credits and £3,800 for dissertation
  • PGDip (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,600
    International students (per annum): £15,200
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £950 per 15 credits
    International students (per annum): £1,900 per 15 credits
  • PGCert (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800
    International students (per annum): £7,600
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £950 per 15 credits
    International students (per annum): £1,900 per 15 credits

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Please note that you are only eligible for the Home/EU postgraduate loan if you choose the 2 or 3 year part-time master's course.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2020.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2019 or are graduating in 2020;
  • hold a first class honours degree; 
  • have home or overseas fee status; 
  • are applying for full- or part-time study; 
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/dentistry/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a degree in dentistry or a non-clinical science or social science subject (minimum Upper Second or equivalent GPA) from a recognised institution. You should preferably have two years of work experience and be currently working in an area with a link to oral health.

We will consider applicants with other qualifications, research or professional experience on an individual basis, although you may be required to register for the PGDip in the first instance.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : minimum 6.5 overall (6.0 in all components)
  • TOEFL: 90 (internet-based) (Minimum: Listening 20; Writing 20; Reading 20 and Speaking 20)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other entry requirements

As this is an online course, you will need access to a computer with internet connection, and there is a minimum level of computer skills required. Please contact us for more information.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Applicants must provide the following:

  • two academic references. Both must be on headed paper, and signed and dated and within the last 12 months;
  • copies (not originals) of degree certificates;
  • official academic transcripts of previous study showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. (If these are in a language other than English please provide official translations.) Note: If you hold a BDS from a UK university you need not provide a transcript of results but you must provide a copy of the certificate;
  • copies (not originals) of English Language certification if you are an EU/international applicant from a country not officially recognised as majority English-speaking;
  • personal statement;
  • full CV.

EU/international students should also upload a copy of your current valid passport showing the photograph page with your application. Evidence of citizenship of an EU country will be required for those claiming home student status.

Only applications with all required supporting documentation (above) will be processed. Offers cannot be made for those that do not meet the minimum requirements for the course.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We welcome applications from international students.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our web-based Master of Dental Public Health (MDPH) course is designed for students who want to improve oral health for whole populations.

You will collaborate online with colleagues from across the world to explore practical, evidence-based approaches to care, prevention and planning services. No prior detailed knowledge of dentistry, the NHS or service planning is assumed.

The course is recognised for higher training in the specialty and confers eligibility to sit the Diploma in Dental Public Health examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (DDPHRCS). This grounding in methodology is also great preparation for a PhD.

Our students come from a range of occupations, including clinicians, managers, commissioners, providers or researchers. Our tutors will work with you to apply what you learn within your own context and healthcare system.

Aims

We aim to enable you to:

  • critically assess evidence that underlies oral health practice;
  • use a population approach to health issues;
  • demonstrate skills that contribute to public health policy-making and service planning;
  • demonstrate the skills necessary to research and answer population health questions;
  • take an international perspective on population health.

Special features

Connect with students from around the world

This course runs alongside the Master of Public Health (MPH) course at Manchester. There are currently around 200 students from 24 countries enrolled across both courses.

Teaching and learning

Course delivery

The primary method of course delivery is via the internet, using technology that allows tutors to encourage active communication and discussion between participants on the course. This enables you to learn through easy access to a wealth of web-based materials and published articles, both from the course tutors and other students. A few course units do require some face to face contact and it will be clear which course units have this requirement.

Residential course 

A two-day residential is held jointly with the MPH course at The University of Manchester at the beginning of the course. It is designed to give everyone the necessary technical training and general orientation of materials that you will use throughout the course. You are encouraged to attend the residential, but it is not compulsory, as the same induction material is available online.

Coursework and assessment

Unit assessments

The assessment of each course unit is by written assignment rather than exams. Typically, assessment of each unit would involve a mid-semester and end-of-semester assignment. The word count of the assignments is typically 1,000 and 4,000 respectively.

Additionally, some assessment may be made of your contribution to online discussion.

Dissertation

MDPH students will work with a supervisor on a project tailored to your own interests.  The MDPH dissertation report is worth 60 credits and will be between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length.

There are five options for dissertation work:

  • research grant proposal
  • quantitative research report
  • structured literature review
  • academic public health report
  • qualitative/ theoretical study.

Course unit details

You should expect to spend, on average, approximately 10-15 hours a week for each course unit studied.

Part-time students usually enrol on a minimum of one course unit per semester, so that the coursework is completed within four years. However, the course can be taken at your own pace, provided it is completed within five years.

Part-time students are advised to take at least two core units in the first year of the course, one in each semester.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Biostatistics DENT70001 15 Mandatory
Dissertation - Master in Dental Public Health DENT76060 60 Mandatory
Oral Health & Disease in Populations DENT76061 15 Mandatory
Implementing Strategy in Dental Services DENT76072 15 Mandatory
Evidence Based Practice POPH60041 15 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Epidemiology POPH60991 15 Mandatory
Research Methods DENT61010 15 Optional
Health Promotion Theory & Methods POPH60021 15 Optional
Engaging the Hard to Reach for Health Gain POPH60062 15 Optional
Working with Communities POPH60072 15 Optional
Health Economics POPH60091 15 Optional
Health Economics POPH60092 15 Optional
Applied Epidemiology POPH60112 15 Optional
Practical Statistics for Population Health (formerly Biostatistics) POPH60982 15 Optional
Communicable Disease Control POPH62051 15 Optional
Health Systems Challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries POPH62212 15 Optional
Global Health into the 21st Century POPH62311 15 Optional
Global Women's Public Health POPH62411 15 Optional
Primary Health Care POPH63111 15 Optional
Qualitative Research Methods POPH63121 15 Optional
Emergency Planning, Response & Resilience POPH64132 15 Optional
Implementation Sciences POPH64551 15 Optional
Health Services Management POPH64662 15 Optional
Intercultural Public Health POPH64772 15 Optional
Arts and Public Health POPH65011 15 Optional
Digital Public Health POPH65022 15 Optional
Climate Change and Health POPH65042 15 Optional
Introduction to Health Policy POPH65052 15 Optional
Infection Prevention & Control POPH65552 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 29 course units

Additional fee information

Most course units use entirely online material rather than a textbook. Some course units may require a textbook costing £30-£50.

Other additional costs include communication costs for email, internet access and telephone when studying at home.

Costs may also be incurred for travel, subsistence and accommodation charges during the following optional events or units:

  • the residential course for first year students;
  • the Promoting Health and Wellbeing in Practice blended learning unit;
  • the Intercultural Public Health blended learning unit;
  • the UK Leadership and Public Health Strategy blended learning unit;
  • the Emergency Humanitarian Assistance blended learning unit.

Facilities

The course materials will link you to key journal articles, e-books and other online resources.

The facilities and support of the University of Manchester library will be available to you as a distance learner to enable you to search, retrieve and make sense of the quality sources around the topics studied.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

CPD opportunities

We offer units from this MDPH as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please contact us for more information.

Careers

Career opportunities

Our course will enable you to apply your new skills and knowledge to planning and delivering oral health services in your own area of work.

Some graduates may also go on to work towards the Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.