MRes Dental Public Health / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Our web-based MRes Dental Public Health course is designed for students who want to develop skills for health services research to help improve oral health for whole populations.
This course is especially suited to those who want to go on to undertake a PhD, but have limited experience of research.
You will collaborate online with colleagues from across the world to explore practical, evidence-based approaches to care, prevention and planning services.
The course has been 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).
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.
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;
- apply your research skills to a PhD programme.
You will also be able to critically appraise the evidence base and take an international perspective on population health.
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
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.
Induction residential course
A two-day residential is held jointly with the MPH, MDPH and MRes courses at The University of Manchester at the beginning of the first academic year. 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
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.
The dissertation is worth 90 credits and should be between 15,000-18,000 words in length. It will comprise one of the following options:
- a research protocol/grant application;
- a research report, usually the secondary analysis of a dataset;
- a qualitative or theoretical study;
- a structured literature review.
Course unit details
You should expect to spend, on average, approximately 10-15 hours a week for every course unit studied.
Part-time students are advised to take only one course unit in the first semester.
Qualitative Research Methods is a prerequisite for any students planning a qualitative dissertation.
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.
|Oral Health & Disease in Populations||DENT76061||15||Mandatory|
|Dissertation for Masters of Reserch (Dental Public Health)||DENT76070||90||Mandatory|
|Implementing Strategy in Dental Services||DENT76072||15||Mandatory|
|Evidence Based Practice||POPH60041||15||Mandatory|
|Fundamentals of Epidemiology||POPH60991||15||Mandatory|
|Health Promotion Theory & Methods||POPH60021||15||Optional|
|Engaging the Hard to Reach for Health Gain||POPH60062||15||Optional|
|Working with Communities||POPH60072||15||Optional|
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Additional fee information
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.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .