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DDS/MPH Dual Degree Program

This dual degree is offered by the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. In addition to receiving a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, students concurrently receive a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in a concentration of their choice: Applied Biostatistics; Community & Behavioral Health; Environmental & Occupational Health; Epidemiology; Health Systems, Management & Policy; Leadership & Public Health Practice; Maternal and Child Health; Population Mental Health & Wellbeing; or a custom concentration. Only students already in or accepted into the University of Colorado DDS program are eligible to apply. 

Quick facts, careers, and skills

When you leave this program, you’ll have a greater understanding of social and community factors that affect health, how to work with diverse communities, and how to promote health equity in your pharmacy practice.

Quick facts

Program location: CU Anschutz
Credit hours: 42

Sample careers

Oral health practitioner
Dental epidemiologist
Public service dental officer
& more

Skills you'll gain

Population health
Public health program design
Systems of care evaluation
& more


Up to nine credits hours from the DDS program will count toward completion of the 42-credit hour MPH. To help students select courses and successfully complete the dual degree, students are assigned faculty advisors from both the School of Dental Medicine and ColoradoSPH.

Students pursue the MPH through one of two pathways:

Students will:

  • During the summer before joining the SDM, students will take 3 MPH courses either online or in-person (e.g. Applied Biostatistics [BIOS 6601], Community and Behavioral Health [CBHS 6610], and Foundations in Public Health [PUBH 6600]).
  • Take all other didactic coursework for the MPH online during DS1- DS3 years of the dental curriculum.
  • Complete the MPH practicum and capstone in DS4 years of the dental curriculum.
  • Pay the current MPH per credit hour tuition rate for all credits taken through ColoradoSPH.
  • Maintain compliance with all administrative requirements of both programs (e.g., immunizations, CPR certification, drug testing, intern licensure) through graduation.

Students will:

  • Take approximately 18 credits of online MPH didactic coursework between DS1-DS3 or DS2-DS4.
  • Take 11 credits of didactic MPH coursework and the MPH practicum and capstone in a fifth year after DS4 (DDS courses completed). These credits may be taken online or in person.

Total credits: 42

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