Qualified students who wish to pursue a public health degree along with their dental certification may apply to the DDS/MPH dual degree program. Individuals pursing this course of study receive thorough foundations in the basic biological sciences and clinical dentistry, and gain invaluable insights into the complexities of the evolving U.S. health care system. DDS/MPH degree candidates may choose among a number of public health concentrations, including epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration, and the sociomedical sciences.
To be admitted, students must successfully submit an application to the College of Dental Medicine, then must apply and gain acceptance to the Mailman School of Public Health (which sets admission standards for the MPH component of the combined program). Although an early commitment is advisable, students can enter the program at any time during the first 2 years of dental school and have up to two years after graduation from CDM to complete the requirements for the MPH degree (a minimum of 39 academic credits in public health).
Students enrolled in the DDS/MPH degree track are uniquely equipped to assume leadership roles at the interface of dentistry, medicine, and the health care system. They also have a number of career options open to them; graduates of the program serve in administrative posts, the public health service, general practice residencies, specialty residencies, the armed services, and private practice.
For further information, contact:
Dr. Burton Edelstein
Director, Division of Community Health
College of Dental Medicine
630 West 168th Street New York, NY 10032