Oral Health & Disease in Populations (CPD)

Year of entry: 2023

Overview

Degree awarded
PG credit
Duration
150 hours of verifiable CPD
Entry requirements

No prior detailed knowledge of dentistry, the NHS or service planning is assumed. Additional support will ensure that students without this experience will not be disadvantaged in their ability to take and pass the unit.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

You should apply for this course by completing our online application form . See the Advice to applicants section for details of the supporting documents we require with your form.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Course overview

  • Develop a broad understanding of dental health issues and how they may be prevented or managed at a service and population level.
  • Achieve 150 verifiable CPD hours upon completion of the course.
  • Learn when it suits you thanks to the web-based nature of this course.
  • Study at a university ranked 5th in the UK and among the top 40 in the world for Dentistry (QS World University Rankings 2022).

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).

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
0161 529 4577
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/cpd/subjects/dentistry/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

No prior detailed knowledge of dentistry, the NHS or service planning is assumed. Additional support will ensure that students without this experience will not be disadvantaged in their ability to take and pass the unit.

English language

If you are a national of a recognised majority English-speaking country (or have an undergraduate degree or higher, including a PGDip, from a majority English-speaking country issued within the last 36 months) then you are not required to show evidence of English language proficiency.

Approved majority English-speaking countries outside of the UK are:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA

Students whose first language is not English require one of the following (with certification no more than 12 months old in all cases):

  • IELTS level 7.0 overall with level 7.0 in reading and writing specifically;
  • TOEFL minimum of 100 (Internet-based test) with 25 in reading and writing;
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade B.

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.

Application and selection

How to apply

You should apply for this course by completing our online application form . See the Advice to applicants section for details of the supporting documents we require with your form.

Advice to applicants

Applicants should provide the following:

  • a full current CV;
  • a statement of purpose giving reasons for wishing to take the course;
  • copies (not originals) of English language certification if your first language is not English - only IELTS, TOEFL or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency are acceptable.

EU/international students should 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.

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 Oral Health and Disease in Populations CPD course will give you a broad understanding of dental health issues and how they may be prevented or managed at a service and population level.

Dental problems continue to cause much morbidity and incur large treatment costs, despite effective preventative management being possible for most of these problems.

In high income economies, historical patterns and complex vested interests have constrained change.

Through this course, you will learn to assess needs for oral healthcare and plan a service to meet them. You will also understand how policy and strategy are formulated, as well as the principles of managing performance and evaluating outcomes.

Some of the topics covered by this course include how to measure dental disease and identify inequalities and their determinant, the impact of dental disease on quality life, and the role of screening, whole population and risk approaches.

You will also study an ethical framework for deciding priorities, theories of rationing in oral healthcare, project planning methods and change management, and economic appraisal methods.

Teaching and learning

Teaching will be web-based with a high degree of student-led learning through interactive exercises to test understanding built into web-based teaching materials, and exercises and assignments involving seeking out, retrieving and reflecting upon information from a range of mainly web-based resources.

On average, you should expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week on the unit.

Coursework and assessment

You will submit two assessed assignments of 1,500 words mid-semester and 2,500 words at the end of the semester.

Student participation in the online discussion boards also forms part of the assessment for this unit.

Disability support

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

Careers

Career opportunities

This course is designed to equip students for planning the delivery of dental services, including clinicians, managers, commissioners, providers and researchers.

Our course is also aimed at specialist registrars training for the speciality of Dental Public Health, and it is envisaged that it will be acknowledged as preparation for the Diploma in Dental Health of the Royal College of Surgeons.