Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

Master of Dental Hygiene

MSDH - Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

The Master of Science in Dental Hygiene (MSDH) program prepares leaders in the profession for research, the healthcare industry and academ.

Are you ready to...

...share your knowledge and teach the next generation of hygienists?

Online - Dental Hygiene Education Track!

Courses in the dental hygiene education track provide students with the knowledge and skills to teach didactic, clinic and laboratory courses in dental hygiene programs, conduct research, and assume administrative positions.

... take your professional career into business or healthcare management?

Courses in the management track provide students with knowledge and skills necessary for positions within the healthcare industry such as sales representatives, managers of marketing and professional relations divisions, managers of large dental clinics, practice management consultants and entrepreneurs. 

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"I was hired upon graduation to join the academic community and participate in a start-up dental hygiene program. The UMN MDH* program prepared me to confidently develop curriculum, serve as clinic coordinator, and participate in a successful accreditation."

Brenda Armstrong BSDH, MDH*
Assistant Professor
Dental Hygiene Department
Thomas Nelson Community College


"I chose the MDH* program because of their affiliation with Carlson School of Management. I wanted an advanced degree in dental hygiene however, I did not want to limit myself to teaching. I chose the management track because of the flexibility that it offered me. CSoM opened my world to opportunities outside of clinical hygiene. I have been able to apply the knowledge that I gained from every one of my courses that I took at the graduate level. I am continuously learning and applying my knowledge in dental offices throughout the United States. My clients respect the fact that I have a graduate degree. I am very proud to say that I received my degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry."

Carol Dahlke, RDH, MDH*
Business and Clinical Consultant
Accelerated Practice Concepts, Inc.

 * In 2014, the degree changed from MDH to MSDH

Fast Facts

  • There is currently a need in the U.S. for dental hygienists who can move into education, dental management and the oral healthcare industry.
  • The program begins each fall (September) with the option of full or part-time enrollment. Enrollment is limited in order to provide graduate students adequate faculty support.
  • The program is housed within the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. The School of Dentistry, which is a school within the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center provides a research intensive environment as well as inter-professional opportunities that are ideal for preparing dental hygienists for careers in the health care industry as well as for dental hygiene education and research.
  • Students may pursue one of the two tracks: dental hygiene education or management. The education track curriculum is delivered online and taught by faculty in the School of Dentistry. The management track curriculum is offered in collaboration with the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
  • The Division of Dental Hygiene has scholarship opportunities for graduate students. The American Dental Hygienists Association and the American Dental Education Association also provide scholarship opportunities for graduate students.

 Read more about the program: Read the article, Great Expectations (Dentistry magazine, Spring 2010).  This article was written as the inaugural cohort of students in this program were about to graduate.

Not sure about which track best matches your needs? Contact Christine Blue, Program Director for the MSDH Program, and ask all your questions. We can explore the possibilities with you.

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  • Last modified on July 2, 2013