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Dental Public Health

Academic courses, field experience and research prepare dentists for the public health sector

Program Director

Eni Obadan-Udoh, DDS, MPH, DMSc
Assistant Professor,
Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health
Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences
3333 California St., Suite 495c, San Francisco, CA 94118


Admissions Contact

Jocelyn Faye
Postgraduate Programs
Office of Admissions

513 Parnassus Ave., S619
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430


This program prepares residents to become board certified by the American Board of Dental Public Health and for careers in public health. Dentists with a Master in Public Health (MPH) or equivalent degree can enroll in a 12-month full-time or equivalent, not exceeding 24 months, supervised program of field experiences, academic courses, and opportunities for practical experience.

Academic courses and field experiences will prepare you for the planning, implementation and operation of dental public health programs, and provide you with an understanding of the processes through which health policies are developed and regulated. In addition, you will gain the technical skills you will need to assume a leadership role in public health:

  • Planning
  • Marketing and communications
  • Human resources
  • Management
  • Financial management
  • Advocacy building
  • Management of information
  • Evaluation, quality assurance and risk management

The activities of the dental public health residency are uniquely adapted to your prior experience and interests, with the educational plan being reviewed on a regular basis and modified as needed. A nontraditional residency track can be tailored for individual needs.

The dental public health residency is accredited and prepares you to become board certified by the American Board of Dental Public Health. Completion of this program does not qualify trainees to become licensed to practice in California. During the UCSF DPH program, limited support for travel to attend professional meetings may be available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Dentists interesting in dental public health also have the option of participating in the UC Berkeley/UCSF Dental Public Health Joint Program, launched in July 2017. Prospective students must apply separately to the one-year Interdisciplinary Master's in Public Health program at UC Berkeley and a subsequent one-year Dental Public Health certificate program at UCSF.

A core component of the program is original research. Integration of the two programs allows you to leverage your MPH research to jump-start the two oral health-focused projects that are required of the DPH, providing adequate time for you to complete them by the end of your second year. Research opportunities abound through faculty and a network of dental public health professionals.

Details on the UC Berkeley Interdisciplinary MPH program, course content of which shall include biostatistics, epidemiology, health care policy and management; environmental health; and behavioral sciences, are available at http://sph.berkeley.edu/areas-study/interdisciplinary.

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