The College of Dental Medicine partners with Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health to offer a dual degree in dental medicine and public health. Individuals pursuing this course of study receive thorough foundations in the basic biological sciences and clinical dentistry and gain invaluable insights into the complexities of the evolving U.S. health care system. DDS/MPH degree candidates may choose among a number of public health concentrations including epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration and the sociomedical sciences.

Students enrolled in the DDS/MPH degree track are uniquely equipped to assume leadership roles when dentistry, medicine, and the health care system interface. They also have a number of career options open to them; graduates of the program serve in administrative posts, the public health service, general practice residencies, specialty residencies, the armed services, and private practice.

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Application Process

To be admitted to the DDS/MPH dual degree program, students must first successfully submit an application to the College of Dental Medicine. Interested students then must apply and gain acceptance to the Mailman School of Public Health.

Although an early commitment is advisable, students can enter the program at any time during the first 2 years of dental school and have up to two years after graduation from the College of Dental Medicine to complete the requirements for the MPH degree (a minimum of 39 academic credits in public health).

For further information, contact:

Dr. Burton Edelstein
Director, Division of Community Health