Taught course

Dental Public Health

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry · Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

We acknowledge professional practice gained from a wide variety of relevant backgrounds. We also require a minimum of two year’s post qualification full-time experience, in addition to having a recognised degree. Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential and non-native English speakers are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or an IBTOEFL score of 92. International applicants Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. For more information, please read our English language entry requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. Additional information is available from the Admissions Office.

Months of entry


Course content

Dental disease is the most common disease in the UK and many developed countries, this coupled with the increasing levels of oral cancer worldwide have led the World Health Organization to prioritise oral health.

If you are a dentist or other graduate and you want to pursue a career in dental public health, oral epidemiology and health promotion, this programme offers you unparalleled supervised experience in the theory and practice of dental public health and the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills as a specialist level trained prosthodontist.

The skills acquired in this course will give you a competitive edge as you start your career either in academia, health systems or at non-governmental organisations globally. On the oral health needs and demands assessment module, you will study epidemiological principles and indices, critically evaluating the dental literature and preparing scientific reports. Later in the course you will study the principles and methods that underpin oral health promotion, and its limitations. You will also study oral health inequalities, wider determinants of health and health behaviour.

This programme will:

  • Contribute to a three-year specialist training programme in Dental Public Health and your completion of the course makes you eligible to enter the Diploma in Dental Public Health (DDPH) examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Give you the opportunity to undertake a placement within the NHS system and gain practical and applied skills; you will also have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge in practice
  • Give you a good understanding of oral health in the health of society
  • Develop your ability to plan and evaluate dental services.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Employers, home governments, WHO, British Council.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
project report25

Course contact details

Dr Mustafa Al-Haboubi
+44 (0)20 7882 8670