Dental Medicine/Public Health

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Doctor of Dental Medicine/Master of Public Health

About the Program

Through expanded dentistry practices and proactive outreach in your community, dental public health—one of 12 specialties of the American Dental Association—improves overall health of populations. In Case Western Reserve University's Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual-degree program, we impart the knowledge and skills you need to expand dentistry practice within communities to foster positive oral health. And by doing so, you'll have a direct, positive impact on the people you serve.

At Case Western Reserve, we understand how important it is to address populations directly to improve individuals’ health. Through this five-year program, we'll show you how dentistry and public health rely upon each other achieve their mutual goals: improving the oral health of the public.

What to Expect

Offered jointly between our School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine, the DMD/MPH program is centered on four key themes: 

  • Health and wellbeing,
  • Disease processes,
  • Restoration of health, and 
  • Maintenance of health.

Throughout our five-year program, you'll complete 141.5 credit hours of DMD curriculum, including didactic, laboratory and clinical work. A total of nine credits of the DMD curriculum will be counted as electives toward the MPH degree. is a 42-credit-hour program.

You'll complete the 42-credit-hour MPH program, including your choice of electives, in a dedicated year—either before or during your DMD program.

Our primary goal is to produce leaders in dentistry who foster positive oral healthcare in their communities. Where will your degree take you?

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Beyond the Classroom

When you earn your degrees from Case Western Reserve University, your education isn’t limited to the classroom. Community outreach is a core aspect of both the DMD and MPH, through initiatives like the Healthy Smiles Sealant Program in the dental school or the MPH program’s culminating experiences that place you in health-related settings as you help shape public health policies.

Plus, your dental education will give you plenty of experience in our dental clinic, where we serve more than 19,000 patients annually—the majority of them Clevelanders and many with low incomes needing high-quality, low-cost care.

By the Numbers


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Admission Requirements

Students interested in the DMD-MPH program need to submit two separate applications:

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Sena Narendran, director of the program, at or 216.368.1311.

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