DDS/MPH - UTHealth School of Dentistry

Students interested in dentistry and public health may concurrently study for a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the UTHealth School of Public Health and a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the UTHealth School of Dentistry.

When possible and appropriate, the student's coursework at the two institutions is coordinated to provide a curriculum that integrates dental science with public health sciences. Students admitted to both institutions may transfer credits between institutions for appropriate coursework. However, prior approval is required, and the procedures of the institution receiving the academic credits must be followed. Typically, a student in the dual degree program develops a culminating experience (CE) dealing with a dental issue affecting the public’s health. The CE should demonstrate the student’s mastery of the analytical methods used in public health and how these methods assist with oral health care.

The MPH Program – 45 Credits Total

  • Core Courses (18 credits)
  • Shared Credits from UTHealth School of Dentistry (12 credits)
  • Advanced Public Health Coursework (9 credits)
  • Culminating Experience (3 credits)
  • Practicum (3 credits)

Students pursuing a dual degree opportunity are entered into the Customized MPH program at UTHealth School of Public Health. For more information on the Customized MPH program and to view a program planner, click here

Program Contacts

UTHealth School of Public Health
Amanda Smithson, MA 

Linda B. Piller, MD, MPH 

Robert Hammarberg, MPA 

UTHealth School of Dentistry
Ana Neumann, DDS, MPH, PhD