(DMD/MPH) Doctor of Dental Medicine / Master of Public Health

Program Description

This coordinated degree program is offered through the UAB School of Dentistry and the UAB School of Public Health. Students may focus their MPH in any one of four areas: (1) Environmental Health Science, (2) Epidemiology, (3) Health Behavior, (4) Health Care Organization and Policy or a combination (general MPH). MPH focus courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.

UAB’s School of Dentistry has a rich history of healthcare innovation and a national reputation for excellence providing the community with skilled and knowledgeable dentists through accredited pre-doctoral and 8 accredited postdoctoral areas of study. The MPH degree prepares students for careers to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities and populations, locally and globally. The DMD/MPH coordinated degree program broadens students’ perspective concerning local and global population health and issues related to poverty and rural and intercity settings as well as the importance of access to care and prevention. The addition of an MPH degree to the DMD also expands career opportunities providing a foundation for positions in health education, research, government, international health as well as private industry.

Program Requirements

Students must complete the MPH Core plus 10 credit hours of MPH focus courses for a total of 30 credit hours in addition to the required DMD curriculum requirements. Twelve credit hours from the DMD curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree for a total of 42 MPH credit hours. The DMD and MPH coordinated program may be completed within four years and students may complete the MPH degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences. Out-of state students pay the same tuition rate as Alabama residents.

Program Admission Process

Students are admitted separately to the MPH and DMD programs. Upon acceptance to the DMD program, students will be accepted automatically to the MPH degree program. The MPH program may begin at any time; but, it is suggested beginning the summer prior to dental school matriculation or the summer immediately proceeding the D1 year.

Application Process

Students must apply separately to each program. To apply to the UAB School of Dentistry, please click here for step-by-step instructions.

To apply for the dual MPH, please apply through the Graduate School’s Apply Yourself online application.  SelectMPH dual program” and then the “MPH/DMD” track.

Special instructions:

  • Test score field is required, so enter “GRE” and a date to advance in the application.
  • The reference letter field is also required, so enter three names from the AADSAS application and select ‘no’ when asked if they will be electronic submission.

Curriculum Planning

Click here for Coordinated Master of Public Health/Doctor of Dental Medicine (MPH/DMD) Curriculum Planning Sheet

Contact Information

For additional information concerning the coordinated DMD/MPH program contact Michelle Henry in the School of Public Health at henrym@uab.edu or Ken Tilashalski in the School of Dentistry at drt@uab.edu.


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