The aim of this postgraduate course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and support the development of dental public health nationally and internationally.
Dental public health is the science of preventing oral diseases, promoting oral health and improving the quality of life through organised efforts. It concerns not only actions directed at populations as a whole, but also at the groups and individuals that make up populations.
Highly-trained public health specialists are required in Ireland and abroad to tackle issues such as health inequalities; their causes and solutions; communicable diseases; oral health; obesity; smoking and international health development.
The MSc Dental Public Health is an innovative course designed to offer multi-disciplinary academic and experiential development.
The course emphasises:
multi-disciplinary teaching and learning
This course will appeal to dental professionals:
-who wish to develop the knowledge, skills and commitment to develop services which are equitable and fair
-who wish to develop a greater understanding of the competing demands, resource implications and expectations in providing a public dental service in the twenty-first century.
Why Choose This Course
Dental public health is recognised as an important component of the modern dentist's skill set. As populations live longer, the focus must be on adding 'life to years rather than years to life'. Oral healthcare must be planned and delivered to optimise scarce resources. This successful outcome is fostered throughout the MDPH, exposing the student to research methods, fostering evidence-based practice, healthcare evaluation and encouraging leadership, through structured modules.