MDS in Public Health Dentistry is a 3-year full-time postgraduate course divided across 4 semesters. Public Health Dentistry is a branch of general dentistry that involves dispensing professional oral health care at the community level. Students enrolled to the course are trained to practise the discipline towards prevention and control of dental diseases, and promotion of dental health through organized community efforts.
Public Health Dentistry is the science and art of preventing oral and dental diseases and promoting oral and dental health, and general well-being among people of the community. The Department of Public Health Dentistry is concerned with purveying dental health education at the community level, also by means of applied dental research, administration of group dental care programs, and prevention and control of dental diseases among school-going children.
Public Health Dentists possess broad expertise and skills in research methods, program administration, prevention and control of diseases and provision of dental care services for people of all ages within the community, including individuals who do not have access to proper healthcare facilities. This would include physically and mentally challenged people and otherwise underprivileged members of the community.
Also, Public Health Dentists co- ordinate and participate in teaching the practice to students, teachers, health educators, dieticians, nurses, and prospective doctors, towards building leadership and expertise in:
ADA-recognized dental specialty Dental Public Health (DPH) is not primarily a clinical specialty, since its practitioners focus on dental and oral health issues across communities and populations rather than individual patients.
DPH, besides being the science and art of promoting dental health through organized community efforts, is also a non-clinical specialty of dentistry involved in the assessment of dental health needs and improvement of the community’s dental health.
The course covers an advanced study of the means to increase awareness of dental public health and how diverse oral health stakeholders contribute to the enhancement of the components that supports it at both federal and local levels. Such stakeholders include local and State dental associations, other health care professionals, academia, foundations, and advocacy organizations.
The average annual course fee charged in India ranges between INR 50,000 and 35 lacs, depending upon the institute offering the course. The average annual salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 2 and 16 lacs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||Bachelor’s degree in Dental Science|
|Admission Process||Counselling after qualification of entrance examination|
|Course Fee||INR 50,000 to 35 lacs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 16 lacs|
The discipline of Public Health Dentistry aims at the advancement of public oral health through the exploration of related practice, research, and policy developments. There are three essential types of sub-divisions within the discipline:
original research, towards significant contribution to knowledge in the domain of the community’s dental health
Research in the discipline involves development and testing of new approaches towards design, data collection, and analysis, further exploration of previous research in the discipline, and provision of guidance in the subject to policy makers and other public dental health practitioners.
Subjects of study covered in the program are:
Research themes in the discipline include the social determinants of oral health inequalities, the impacts of oral diseases on individuals and society, and health services research, including dental workforce.
Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country, along with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each, are listed below.
|NAME OF INSTITUTE||CITY||AVERAGE ANNUAL FEES|
|NIMS Dental College and Hospital||Jaipur||INR 16,50,000|
|PDM University||Bahadurgah||INR 30,00,000|
|SRM University||Chennai||INR 30,10,000|
|M.S.R. University of Applied Sciences||Bangalore||INR 25,35,000|
|Manipal University||Manipal||INR 45,04,000|
|GITAM University||Visakhapatnam||INR 11,10,000|
|Babu Banaras Das University||Lucknow||INR 24,00,000|
|Sharda University||Greater Noida||INR 25,65,000|
|Surendera Dental College and Research Institute||Sriganaganagar||INR 16,50,000|
|Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences||Bhubaneswar||INR 30,75,000|
|Guru Nanak Institute of Dental Sciences and Research||Kolkata||INR 57,000|
|Manipal College of Dental Sciences||Mangalore||INR 25,96,000|
Candidates wishing to pursue the course are needed to fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria listed below in order to apply for the course:
Interested eligible candidates are offered admission to the course in India mostly on the basis of a relevant entrance test, such as the national-level NEET PG. Often subsequently, two additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview are held as part of the counselling procedure, wherein the candidate’s general aptitude for the course is examined. A merit list is then released, allotting available seats to qualifying candidates.
A year- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Year I||Year II||Year III|
|Applied anatomy||Applied basic science||Allied clinical sciences|
|Etiopathogenesis||Etiopathogenesis periodontal diseases||Complete denture prosthesis|
|Oral implantology||Preventive periodontology||Partial denture prosthesis|
|Clinical periodontology||Recent activities in periodontics||Fixed partial prosthesis.|
Public Health Dentists are lucratively employed in both government and private sectors, and with increase in experience and skillset, may even get involved in formulation of policies in connection with dental diseases. As government employees, they often lead surveys and prepare public dental heath reports for the government.
Such professionals are also employed as lecturers and professors across dental colleges and universities, and as practitioners of the discipline in railways, community healthcare services, military hospitals, NGOs, etc.
Some of the top professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY IN INR|
|Public Health Manager||They are experienced and qualified in public health and management. They work with others across the health system to lead and implement programs related to public health. Areas of work can be immensely varied depending on the organization they work in. job duties may include managing and supporting teams, providing public health expertise and advice to organisations, commissioning services, and managing public health budgets.||INR 8,00,000|
|Dental Surgeon||Dental Specialists possess advanced skills and knowledge in their area of expertise, with adequate knowledge of general dentistry. Their duties involve performing tooth extractions and reconstructive surgery. Endodontists commonly perform root canals and other procedures pertaining to the inside of teeth and Periodontists treat gum-related diseases.||INR 3,12,000|
|Dental Assistant||Dental Assistants perform a variety of patient care and laboratory duties, and often work chair-side as dentists examine and treat patients. They are responsible for making patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair for treatment, and obtain their dental records.||INR 2,68,000|
|Oral Pathologist||Pathologists determine if an oral infection is caused by bacteria, virus, or fungus. They determine types of dental diseases, causes of conditions, specific treatment plans, etc. Pathologists work closely with general dentists, periodontists, and infectious disease specialists. Oral Pathologists are also involved in research or academia.||INR 10,00,000|
|Ceramist||Ceramics Designers are mostly employed by manufacturers of ceramic products or work independently as freelancers. They carry out hands-on ceramics design and creation activities, research designs and new materials, and liaise with clients, other craftsmen, museums, and galleries.||INR 4,00,000|
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