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Dental Public Health MSc

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A dynamic course that challenges you to think critically about oral health at population level. Subjects covered include the philosophy and principles of dental public health; the major health problems of a community (and their determinants); the organisation and delivery of oral health services; research methods, epidemiology and statistics; methods of control and prevention of oral and dental diseases; planning and evaluation for oral health; and social and behavioural sciences as applied to dentistry.

Our research themes include the social determinants of oral health inequalities, the burden of oral diseases on individuals and society, and health services research, including dental workforce.


Key benefits

  • Practical experience in dental public health by participating in teaching, research health promotion and health services activities during placements.
  • Strong emphasis on evidence-based prevention of oral disease at population level.
  • Developing technical skills in dental public health such as critical appraisal of evidence, designing oral health surveys, planning and evaluting dental programmes, devising research protocols and data management.
  • A dissertation format that enables students to submit their work for publication in scientific journals.
  • In-house preparation for the Diploma in Dental Public Health examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year, five days per week, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 10 students per annum

Course leaders

Dr Eduardo Bernabé

Further details

Course contact for further information

Course administrator: +44 (0)20 3299 6165

dentpublichealth-admin@kcl.ac.uk

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

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Dental Public Health MSc

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The Dental Public Health MSc challenges students to think critically about oral health at population level including the philosophy and principles of dental public health; the major health problems of a community; and the organisation and delivery of oral health services.

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Course detail

Description

The course consists of six modules with assignments and written examinations, and a research project module in dental public health assessed by dissertation. It includes opportunities to work and learn with a multidisciplinary team, practical experience in some dental public health activities, and involvement in high quality research. The programme is also recognised for the Royal College of Surgeons of England Diploma in Dental Public Health examination.

Course purpose

The MSc in Dental Public Health is especially for people, not just dentists, who intend to become planners, managers of services, epidemiologists, health promoters and teachers of public health dental subjects. 

The course aims to produce a highly knowledgeable individual, proficient and skilful in dental public health with an appreciation of the need for lifelong learning and the need for application of advances in relevant knowledge.

Further literature

A graduate handbook, which includes a preliminary reading list, is available on request from the department at dentpublichealth-admin@kcl.ac.uk

Course format and assessment

Teaching

In a typical year you will study as follows:

Lectures, seminars and feedback: 600 hours

Self-study: 1200 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of coursework (40%) and examinations (60%).

The dissertation is assessed as a written research report, including a research protocol and a scientific manuscript ready for submission to a peer-reviewed indexed dental journal.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

 

 

 

Extra information

If you are applying from overseas, you must have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment to complete the programme successfully. You can apply without submitting evidence of your English proficiency, but you will be required to provide certificated proof of your competence in English before being offered an unconditional place. Strong candidates may be given a conditional offer, which will be subject to providing an English proficiency certificate within a specific timeframe. Therefore, we advise all candidates to make early arrangements to take an English proficiency test and preferably submit a copy with their application.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required modules

You are required to take:

  • Introduction to Dental Public Health (20 credits)
  • Principles of Epidemiology (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Oral Health Promotion & Oral Disease Prevention (20 credits)
  • Planning & Evaluation for Oral Health (20 credits)
  • Dental Public Health Research Project (60 credits)

Optional modules

You are required to take one of two 20 credit optional modules:

  • Basic Statistics for Dental Public Health (20 credits)
  • Social & Behavioural Sciences as Applied to Medicine & Dentistry (20 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Required Modules

Introduction to Dental Public Health: Module code: 7NPHPH01: Credit level: 7

This 20 credit module aims to provide students with an overview of the principles, philosophy and strategies underpinning the practice of Dental Public Health and to provide students with an understanding of the structure of health care systems and the drivers of change within a system. At the end of the module, you will be able to: demonstrate a detailed systematic knowledge, critical awareness and application of the main principles and strategies in dental public health; and discuss the principles of the primary health care approach, how they are evidenced in practice and their use as a strategy for the organisation of oral health care services. Assessment is by coursework and written examination.

Principles of Epidemiology: Module code: 7NPHPH02: Credit level: 7

This 20 credit module aims to provide students with basic epidemiological tools for the design, analysis and interpretation of oral health studies, and comprehensive knowledge of the epidemiological aspects related to common oral diseases (indices, examination protocols and disease patterns). At the end of the module, you will be able to: describe and apply the basic principles and methods of epidemiology; design epidemiological studies to address research questions in clinical and public health dentistry; and develop a protocol for the implementation of an oral health survey in a given population. Assessment is by coursework and written examination.

Research Methods: Module code: 7NPHPH03: Credit level: 7

This 20 credit module aims to equip students with practical skills for the appraisal of research evidence, for the design and conduct of research using quantitative and qualitative methods, and for the management, analysis and interpretation of data using statistical computing software. At the end of the modules, you will be able to: find existing evidence relevant to research questions in clinical and public health dentistry; become a critical reader of dental literature by analysing the appropriateness of study design, quality of data, methodological strategies, and interpretation of results; and produce a scientifically valid, ethical and feasible research proposal. Assessment is by coursework and written examination.

Oral Health Promotion & Oral Disease Prevention: Module code: 7NPHPH05: Credit level: 7

This 20 credit module aims to provide an understanding of the issues which relate to formulating a preventive or health promoting dental strategy. At the end of the module, you will be able to: discuss the different theories and models underpinning the practice of health promotion; plan and evaluate disease prevention and health promoting strategies; and develop appropriate evidence-based approaches to prevention of oral diseases. Assessment is by coursework and written examination.

Planning and Evaluation for Oral Health: Module code: 7NPHPH06: Credit level: 7

This 20 credit module aims for students to develop the ability to plan for the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of oral health programmes and services. At the end of the module, you will be able to: differentiate between normative and perceived approaches to assessing dental care needs; elaborate a situation analysis for a defined population for a specific purpose; and prepare a plan to address the oral health needs of a particular population, including goals and objectives, intervention activities, budget, timeline and evaluation plan. Assessment is by coursework and written examination.

 Dental Public Health Research Project: Module code: 7NPHPH07: Credit level: 7

This 60 credit module aims to enable students to investigate in great depth a topic within the field of dental public health and to write it up in a dissertation. At the end of the module you will be able to: design and undertake a research project; demonstrate an ability to critically review the literature and evaluate scientific data and research; Apply and interpret common statistical techniques to a variety of estimation and hypothesis testing situations, in accordance with underlying assumptions and type of study design; reflect on your own academic work; write in a scientific manner; and be familiar with use of information technology. Students will be encouraged to present their work at relevant scientific conferences. Assessment is by dissertation.

Optional Modules

Social and Behavioural Sciences as Applied to Medicine and Dentistry: Module code: 7NPHPH04: Credit level: 7

This 20 credit module aims to provide students with an introduction to psychology and sociology and their application to medicine and dentistry. At the end of the module, you will be able to: identify ways in which changes in behaviour and social structures may affect the health of populations; discuss theories underlying health behaviour in dental settings; and apply social and behavioural sciences theories to dental public health practices. Assessment is by coursework and written examination.

Basic Statistics for Dental Public Health: Module code: 7NPHPH08: Credit level: 7

This 20 credit module aims to equip students with practical skills for the management, analysis and interpretation of data using statistical computing software.  By the end of the module you will be able to: design a database and manipulate variables using appropriate software; summarise and present raw data and interpret descriptive findings; apply and interpret common statistical techniques to a variety of estimation and hypothesis testing situations, in accordance with underlying assumptions and type of study design.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Dental Public Health Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in a relevant subject plus an interest in dental public health, community dentistry, preventive programmes, health promotion, and/or special needs care.
Evidence of experience of research, report writing or relevant knowledge is desirable.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our additional International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Completed applications (which will normally consist of an online application form, two references and a transcript of previous degrees) will be considered on a "first come first served" basis according to the date of completion of the application.

Applications will be initially considered by two academic members of staff. The initial decision will be to either confirm the offer of a place without an interview, invite you for an interview, hold your application for further consideration following the official closing date for applications or reject. It is expected that the majority of applicants offered a place will be required to attend an interview beforehand, although a telephone interview will be offered for overseas candidates.

You should expect to receive this initial decision within three weeks of the date of completion of the application, although this may be slightly longer at peak periods near to the closing date.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement  Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Please demonstrate a focused interest in one or more of the following areas: dental public health, community dentistry, preventive programmes, health promotion and/or special needs care.
Previous Academic Study  Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Conference attendance (optional)
  • Stationery��
  • Travel costs around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

 

 

Career destinations

UK graduates: consultants in dental public health, directors of community dental services, PhD studies and senior academics in universities. Overseas graduates: directors of community dental services, senior academics in universities which includes setting up departments of dental public health.

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