About This Course
Dental Public Health
1 year Full-time
See Fees and Costs for full details.
See Requirements for full details.
Closed for applications for 2022/2023. Applications for 2023/2024 open 17 October 2022
Non-EU Closing Date
Closed for applications for 2022/2023. Applications for 2023/2024 open 17 October 2022
12 September 2022
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:
- student-directed learning
- multi-disciplinary teaching and learning
- skills training
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
The following modules are taken as part of the course:
- EH6051 Principles and Practice of Public Health
- EH6052 Applied Research for Public Health
- EH6053 Public Health Informatics
- EH6054 Leadership in Public Health
- PA6001 Decision Analysis and Evaluation Methods in Health Care and Health Care Financing
- SS6028 Critical Social Science Perspectives on Public Health
- OH6001 Dental Public Health
- OH6002 Preventive Dentistry
- OH6003 Dissertation in Dental Public Health
Full details may be found on the College Calendar.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Lectures are scheduled for Thursday evenings and all day Friday. Extensive reading is required. Reading lists are provided with each module. The course is a taught master’s, modular in format with assessment through written examination, project work, essay and completion of a minor dissertation. The course draws on the experience across the university with teaching being provided from the College of Medicine and Health, Centre for Policy Studies and Applied Social Studies. International speakers are also invited to provide seminars on the course, enhancing the experience of the student and exposing you to different approaches.
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.
Skills and Careers Information
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- analyse critically and debate the theories and issues related to dental public health and effectively communicate your perspective to peer groups
- construct arguments around the social, political and economic factors determining the health of populations
- demonstrate competence in the key disciplines and theories underpinning public health including health informatics; epidemiology, including needs and demands assessment; communicable diseases, including healthcare associated infections; biostatistics; social and behavioural sciences and social policy
- design and discuss the provision, economic evaluation, management and leadership of health services
- analyse and synthesise evidence-based research and its application to the practice of dental public health
- develop and evaluate appropriate oral health protection and promotion initiatives at the population level
- develop and apply research methodology by conducting a specified programme of research under appropriate supervision.
Prospective students must satisfy the following:
- students accepted on the course should hold a BDS (Hons) Degree of the NUI or equivalent degree. Health care professionals, for example medical doctors, nurses or auxillary dental workers holding relevant degrees will also be considered
- include with application form a sample of their own written work
- satisfy an interview board
All applicants should indicate on their application form their reasons for wishing to enter this programme and will be required to discuss these at interview.
Note: In exceptional circumstances, applicants with a primary degree in another discipline may be recommended for entry to the programme under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee. Admission of such applicants may be subject to the approval of the College of Medicine and Health Executive Committee.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
- In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
- Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €5,980.
The Non-EU fee for this course is €12,000.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment
International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.
How can I pay?
You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Do I Apply
1. Apply online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online via the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. The majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.
2. Gather supporting documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.
3. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
- Please upload a short analytical/critical/report writing sample or essay (1,000 words approx.)
The closing date for non-EU applications is Closed for applications for 2022/2023. Applications for 2023/2024 open 17 October 2022Apply Now