Master of Public Health and Diploma in Dental Public Health (MPHDPH)


This combined non-clinical, non-thesis program allows students to advance their knowledge in dental public health, an area of dentistry focused in promoting oral health as well as preventing and controlling oral and dental diseases. The program encompasses education, fieldwork, and public service components that contribute to the health and sociocultural progress of Canadians. The curriculum is ingrained in critical thinking and evidence-based practice combining a broad spectrum of courses from the UBC School of Population and Public Health and the Faculty of Dentistry. The fieldwork experience comes in the format of a practicum involving community participation and research practice at local, national or international partnering organization. The practicum focuses on the assessment of the oral health needs of the community, specially the marginalized and disadvantaged; development and implementation of oral health policy; and provision of programs and services that address oral health issues of people with special needs, including not limited to First Nations, intravenous drug users, immigrants and refugees, and low income/working poor.

What makes the program unique?

This graduate program is the only in Canada to be course-based and to offer two degrees, a Masters in Public Health combined with a Diploma in Dental Public Health. The array of faculty members teaching the didactic courses at the School of Population and Public Health and at the Faculty of Dentistry brings a diversity of expertise, experience and knowledge in the field of public health. The not-for-profit organizations and community connections enable students to have access to specific resources and hands-on opportunities that are ideal to the practice of dental public health. British Columbia in particular plays a unique role in dental public health in Canada via its five health authorities that currently have various dental public health initiatives targeting low-income families, pregnant women and Aboriginal Peoples, specifically within the First Nations Health Authority. The graduate students from this combined program can collaborate with these authorities via course work and fieldwork activities.

Quick Facts

Master of Public Health and Diploma in Dental Public Health
Health and Medicine
Mode of delivery
On campus / Online combination
Population and Public Health
Program Components
Coursework + Practicum
Faculty of Medicine
School of Population and Public Health

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry


TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


Criminal Record Check

This program contains a practicum component for which a criminal record check is required.

GRE required?

GRE or comparable test (check program website)

Prior degree requirements

Applicants to this graduate program must hold a DMD or its equivalent from a recognized university, a degree in dental hygiene, or a dental hygiene diploma from an accredited program with a baccalaureate degree or a dental hygiene degree.

Other Requirements

Applicants must meet our quantitative admissions requirement. You can do so by receiving a B+ or higher in an approved calculus or statistics course, or take the GRE (minimum 153 quantitative and 153 verbal). Please note that the GRE must have been taken in the last 5 years. You can read more about the quantitative admissions requirement here: If you think you have taken a calculus or statistics course that meets our quantitative admission requirement, please send us a detailed course syllabus/outline for our office to review. Generally, we encourage international applicants to take the GRE as it can be difficult for us to evaluate international courses.

Career Options

The Master of Public Health via the School of Population and Public Health is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership in population and public health. Adding a Diploma in Dental Public Health, a non-clinical program in the Faculty of Dentistry, provides graduates with some of the basic skills to work in government, professional, and other organizations to become leaders in dental public health locally, nationally and internationally. It also gives students with a good background to purse a more research-focused degree such as a PhD, which is often required to enter an academic career.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$6,157.82$17,463.08
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)
Deposit requirement$250.00$250.00
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

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