Public health dentistry is focused on controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts, locally and globally. It is a dental practice that serves the community as a patient, rather than the individual.
Public health dentists have a broad knowledge of and skills in:
- Public health administration;
- Research methodology;
- Prevention and control of oral diseases;
- Delivery and financing of oral health care.
Individuals who earn their MPH/DDS typically complete a one-year residency to prepare for the specialty examination by the American Board of Dental Public Health. Residences are usually 12-month full-time supervised programs focused on academic courses, field experience and opportunities for practical experience.