Dental Public Health


This is part of our graduate education: MSc or PhD program with specialist clinical training.


Program director

Dr. Sonica Singhal

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Length of program

MSc: 2 years (minimum)

PhD: 5 years (minimum)

Important dates

Application window: April 1 – January 15

Interview notifications: Late February

Program start: First week of September

Number of spaces available across MSc and PhD 5
Main teaching team

Dr. Carlos Quiñonez

Dr Herenia Lawrence

Dr. Amir Azarpazhooh

Dr. Sonica Singhal

Dr. Faahim Rashid

Mr. Paul Sharma

In this program, you will learn about evidence-informed oral disease prevention and oral health promotion at the individual and population level. 

Through formal didactic courses, seminars, practicum placements, and research training, you will learn about foundational public health disciplines, including:

  • biostatistics
  • epidemiology
  • the social determinants of health
  • health economics
  • health policy
  • health administration.

How you will spend your time

(on average, may vary from year to year)

Research: 33%, Lectures/seminars 56%, Placements/rotations 11%


What this program enables you to do

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada and the Commission on Dental Accreditation in the United States through a reciprocal agreement.

Completion of this program will allow you to take the:

  • National Dental Specialty Examination (the National Dental Examining Board of Canada)
  • Fellowship Examination (Royal College of Dentists of Canada)
  • Diplomate Examination (American Board of Dental Public Health)

If you are a dental hygienist

You can apply for this MSc program as a dental hygienist if you hold:

  • a four-year undergraduate dental hygiene degree from a recognized university, or 
  • a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university and dental hygiene training.

How to apply

Follow the standard application process on How to become a specialist dentist.

If you are applying at PhD level

If you are applying for this program at the PhD level, you need to identify an area of research and contact a faculty member before you apply to determine if they are accepting PhD students for supervision.