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MSc Dental Public Health

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1 Year
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
21750 GBP
National
8000 GBP
EU
8000 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Dental Institute
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
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About this course

A dynamic programme that challenges you to think critically about oral health at population level. Subjects covered include the philosophy and principles of dental public health; the major health problems of a community (and their determinants); the organisation and delivery of oral health services; research methods, epidemiology and statistics; methods of control and prevention of oral and dental diseases; planning and evaluation for oral health; and social and behavioural sciences as applied to dentistry.

Research themes include the social determinants of oral health inequalities, the burden of oral diseases on individuals and society, and health services research, including dental workforce.

Key benefits

  • Practical experience in dental public health by participating in teaching, research health promotion and health services activities during placements
  • Strong emphasis on evidence-based prevention of oral disease at population level
  • Developing technical skills in dental public health such as critical appraisal of evidence, designing oral health surveys, planning and evaluting dental programmes, devising research protocols and data management
  • A dissertation format that enables students to submit their work for publication in scientific journals
  • In-house preparation for the Diploma in Dental Public Health examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate degree with 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject plus an interest in the following: dental public health, community dentistry, preventive programmes, health promotion, and/or special needs care.
  • Evidence of experience of research, report writing or relevant knowledge is desirable.
  • English language requirements:
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL-IBT: 92

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Course Modules

Required Modules

Introduction to Dental Public Health

Module code: 7NPHPH01

Credit level: 7

This 20 credit module aims to provide students with an overview of the principles, philosophy and strategies underpinning the practice of Dental Public Health and to provide students with an understanding of the structure of health care systems and the drivers of change within a system. At the end of the module, you will be able to: demonstrate a detailed systematic knowledge, critical awareness and application of the main principles and strategies in dental public health; and discuss the principles of the primary health care approach, how they are evidenced in practice and their use as a strategy for the organisation of oral health care services. Assessment is by coursework and written examination.

Principles of Epidemiology

Module code: 7NPHPH02

Credit level: 7

This 20 credit module aims to provide students with basic epidemiological tools for the design, analysis and interpretation of oral health studies, and comprehensive knowledge of the epidemiological aspects related to common oral diseases (indices, examination protocols and disease patterns). At the end of the module, you will be able to: describe and apply the basic principles and methods of epidemiology; design epidemiological studies to address research questions in clinical and public health dentistry; and develop a protocol for the implementation of an oral health survey in a given population. Assessment is by coursework and written examination.

Research Methods

Module code: 7NPHPH03

Credit level: 7

This 20 credit module aims to equip students with practical skills for the appraisal of research evidence, for the design and conduct of research using quantitative and qualitative methods, and for the management, analysis and interpretation of data using statistical computing software. At the end of the modules, you will be able to: find existing evidence relevant to research questions in clinical and public health dentistry; become a critical reader of dental literature by analysing the appropriateness of study design, quality of data, methodological strategies, and interpretation of results; and produce a scientifically valid, ethical and feasible research proposal. Assessment is by coursework and written examination.

Social and Behavioural Sciences as Applied to Medicine and Dentistry

Module code: 7NPHPH04

Credit level: 7

This 20 credit module aims to provide students with an introduction to psychology and sociology and their application to medicine and dentistry. At the end of the module, you will be able to: identify ways in which changes in behaviour and social structures may affect the health of populations; discuss theories underlying health behaviour in dental settings; and apply social and behavioural sciences theories to dental public health practices. Assessment is by coursework and written examination.

Oral Health Promotion & Education

Module code: 7NPHPH05

Credit level: 7

This 20 credit module aims to provide an understanding of the issues which relate to formulating a preventive or health promoting dental strategy. At the end of the module, you will be able to: discuss the different theories and models underpinning the practice of health promotion; plan and evaluate disease prevention and health promoting strategies; and develop appropriate evidence-based approaches to prevention of oral diseases. Assessment is by coursework and written examination.

Planning and Evaluation for Oral Health

Module code: 7NPHPH06

Credit level: 7

This 20 credit module aims for students to develop the ability to plan for the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of oral health programmes and services. At the end of the module, you will be able to: differentiate between normative and perceived approaches to assessing dental care needs; elaborate a situation analysis for a defined population for a specific purpose; and prepare a plan to address the oral health needs of a particular population, including goals and objectives, intervention activities, budget, timeline and evaluation plan. Assessment is by coursework and written examination.

Dental Public Health Research Project

Module code: 7NPHPH07

Credit level: 7

This 60 credit module aims to enable students to investigate in great depth a topic within the field of dental public health and to write it up in a dissertation. At the end of the module you will be able to: design and undertake a research project; demonstrate an ability to critically review the literature and evaluate scientific data and research; Apply and interpret common statistical techniques to a variety of estimation and hypothesis testing situations, in accordance with underlying assumptions and type of study design; reflect on your own academic work; write in a scientific manner; and be familiar with use of information technology. Students will be encouraged to present their work at relevant scientific conferences. Assessment is by dissertation.

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How to Apply

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £40 applies.

Completed applications (which will normally consist of an online application form, both references and a transcript of previous degrees) will be considered on a "first come first served" according to the date of completion of the application.

Applications will be initially considered by two academic members of staff. The initial decision will be to either confirm the offer of a place without an interview, invite you for an interview, hold your application for further consideration following the official closing date for applications or reject. It is expected that the majority of applicants offered a place will be required to attend an interview beforehand, although a telephone interview will be offered for overseas candidates.

You should expect to receive this initial decision within three weeks of the date of completion of the application, although this may be slightly longer at peak periods near to the closing date.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please demonstrate a focused interest in one or more of the following areas: dental public health, community dentistry, preventive programmes, health promotion and/or special needs care.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.

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