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Dental Public Health

Professional Accreditation

The new Master of Dental Public Health (MDentPH) is subject to accreditation by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) and approval by the Dental Board of Australia. Once approved, it will be the only program in Australia leading dental graduates who meet the standard for general registration in Australia to apply for registration as a specialist in Public Health Dentistry.

Course rules


Master of Dental Public Health

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the ‘Coursework Rule’), the Coursework Policy 2014 (the ‘Coursework Policy’), the Learning and Teaching Policy 2019, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Current versions of all policies are available from the Policy Register:

Course Resolutions

1 Course Codes


Course and stream title


Master of Dental Public Health

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice. Some units of study are available in distance mode. Visa restriction normally restrict International students studying within Australia to taking a maximum of 25 percent of courses via distance mode.

3 Master’s type

This master’s degree is a professional master’s course, as defined by the Coursework Policy 2014.

4 Admission to candidature

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria.
Admission to candidature requires:
A Bachelor or Doctoral degree (or equivalent) in dentistry; or a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field, and
A master’s degree in Public Health; or qualification deemed by the faculty to be equivalent, and
Performance in an interview to a standard considered satisfactory by the Head of School and Dean.
In exceptional circumstances the Head of School and Dean may admit applicants without the master’s degree in public health who, in the opinion of the faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

5 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Table of Units of Study: Master of Dental Public Health
To qualify for the award of the Master of Dental Public Health a candidate must successfully complete 48 credit points, including:
18 credit points of core units of study
12-24 credit points of capstone/research units of study; and
6-18 credit points of elective units of study.

6 Recognition of prior learning

Waivers may be granted or the volume of learning may be reduced in recognition of prior learning in accordance with the Coursework Policy 2014 (Note: a waiver on its own waives a requirement but does not reduce the volume of learning for the degree as a whole).

7 Cross-institutional study

Cross-institutional study is not available in this course.

8 International exchange

International exchange is not allowed in this course.

9 Award of the master’s degree

The master’s degree will be awarded in the pass grade

10 Commencement

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2021.