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MPH Master of Public Health (Dental Public Health)

MPH Master of Public Health (Dental Public Health)

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Distance without attendance | The University of Manchester | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

Study mode

Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MPH - Master of Public Health

Subject areas

Health Promotion Dentistry Environmental Health (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Course description

Our distance learning Master of Public Health (Dental Public Health) course is designed for students who want to improve oral health for whole populations.

You will collaborate online with colleagues from across the world to explore practical, evidence-based approaches to care, prevention and planning services. No prior detailed knowledge of dentistry, the NHS or service planning is assumed.

Contemporary public health practice requires practitioners to be adaptable and flexible, with a broad experience of a range of subject areas.

This course will equip you with:

the skills and knowledge to apply to public health concerns at local, national and international level;
the ability to apply relevant theory and scientific principles to practical situations;
the capability of meeting core-competencies in public health.

PGCert, PGDip and MPH awards are available.

Teaching and learning

Most of our courses are delivered completely online. A learning structure with a recommended pace is in place throughout the unit, with specific deadlines for all summative assessments.

Some course units require your participation throughout, and some of the optional units are blended, which require a mandatory face-to-face element. Please check whether your chosen course unit includes any face-to-face teaching days, as this is clearly stated in the Course Unit Overview.

If you areunable to attend a face-to-face component due to mitigating circumstances, you may be permitted to repeat this unit in a subsequent year. However, if you are unable to attend the face-to-face sessions, please do not choose one of the blended units.

Coursework and assessment

You will use a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand your knowledge base. There are no written exams; assessment is based on assignments and other activities such as moderated discussion boards and group work.

Career opportunities

A career in public health offers a diverse range of opportunities in a variety of settings. If you take this specialism you will be able to apply your new skills and knowledge to planning and delivering oral health services in your own area of work.

Some graduates may also go on to work towards the Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


An important aspect of public health practice is using evidence to inform changes in delivery, design and policy to achieve improved quality in care. All professionals need to be able to confidently and competently access, appraise and apply different types of evidence to inform the decision making process. This unit will provide practical skills and theoretical understanding to help you do this.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

We require a minimum of an Upper Second honours degree or the overseas equivalent . Significant relevant research or professional experience may be considered in place of an academic qualification lower than an Upper Second. If you fail to meet the above entry criteria you will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on another route, such as a PGCert or PGDip before being considered to progress onto the MPH course.