Advanced Graduate Education Program in Dental Public Health
Program director: Mary Tavares, DMD, MPH; 617-432-1357; e-mail
Dental public health residents may take courses and work with the resources and faculty of both the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. Residency project requirements are, at minimum:
- one major and one minor administrative project
- one major and one minor research project
The master of public health (MPH) degree offering is designed for practitioners who desire to gain experience in public health research and policy implementation. Practicing professionals are encouraged to apply.
The goal of the program is to improve the oral health of populations through the education of dental public health specialists. Graduates of the program will work to:
- encourage the development and maintenance of community dentistry programs;
- increase the use of preventive dentistry programs in community dentistry programs; improve access to dental care for underserved populations and the quality of care for all populations;
- stimulate research in dental public health with emphasis on disease surveillance, health service research, program evaluation, and causes of diseases.
The dental public health residency at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine involves three goals that are evaluated during the residency period and three that are evaluated after completion of the residency.
1. Residents will know and understand the knowledge base of dental public health. The four sets of knowledge competencies include:
- program administration and health policy
- epidemiology and research methods
- oral health promotion and disease prevention
- oral health services delivery systems
2. Residents will demonstrate skills needed for the practice of dental public health. The 10 skill competencies include the ability to:
- plan oral health programs for populations
- select interventions and strategies for the prevention and control of oral diseases and promotion of oral health
- develop resources for, implement, and manage oral health programs for populations
- incorporate ethical standards into oral health programs and activities
- evaluate and monitor dental-care delivery systems
- design and understand the use of surveillance systems to monitor oral health
- communicate and collaborate with groups and individuals on oral health issues
- advocate for, implement, and evaluate public health policy and regulations, in order to protect and promote the public’s oral health
- critique and synthesize scientific literature
- design and conduct population-based studies to answer oral health and public health questions
3. Residents will gain professional development skills needed for leadership in dental public health.
Candidates for the dental public health DMSc, MMSc, or certificate must already hold a DDS, DMD, or MD degree. However, the program occasionally accepts an applicant with only a bachelor’s degree for the PhD track. Program duration is normally three years; DMSc candidates entering with only a bachelor’s degree should expect to spend four years in the program, and candidates holding a prior MPH degree or its equivalent may complete their studies in two years. Students must apply and be accepted to both HSDM and HSPH in order to be eligible for the Advanced Graduate Education Program in Dental Public Health.
Financial assistance/fellowships: Some funds are available; please visit the Scholarships page.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
Occupational Employment Statistics
Standard Occupational Classification: 29.1029.00
Regulations of the US Department of Education (DOE) require institutions of higher education to disclose program cost, median loan debt, on-time completion rate, and (as available) graduate job placement information about nondegree certificate programs that prepare students for “gainful employment,” as a condition of receiving federal student aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. Pursuant to those regulations, HSDM makes the following disclosures.
Costs for duration of program (based on 2011-12 actual costs)
Tuition and fees: $152,322
Books and supplies: $450
Room and board: $67,272 (total figure for three years, assuming on-time completion of the program, based on amounts budgeted for room and board by HSDM Office of Financial Aid)
Because fewer than 10 students have been enrolled in this program in applicable years, DOE excuses HSDM from disclosing (and urges that HSDM should not disclose) median loan debt amounts and on-time completion rate information, in order to protect student privacy. See Gainful Employment FAQ.
Institutions must disclose job placement information only if they collect such information about graduates for another reason (for example, for accreditation purposes). HSDM does not collect job placement information and so does not disclose it here.