DDS/MPH Dual Degree

The University of Minnesota’s DDS/MPH program offers the unique opportunity to integrate the practice of dentistry and public health to identify and solve community health problems in areas of oral health.

This program is jointly offered by the School of Dentistry and the School of Public Health. Both degrees can be completed in five years. One of the key features of the dual program is that 14 credits from the DDS curriculum may transfer to the MPH, saving students valuable tuition cost and time. the majority of the School of Public Health courses are available online allowing students to complete courses anywhere with an internet connection.

Students will matriculate into the School of Public Health for the first year (fall, spring, summer). Students defer admission to the School of Dentistry until they have completed at least one year of required SPH coursework. Students may only be active in one academic plan in any one term.

Application deadlines

Application to the DDS program is December 1. Deadlines for the MPH are April 1 for Summer Term admission, August 1 for Fall Term admission, and December 1 for Spring Term admission.

How to apply

DDS/MPH applicants must apply and be admitted separately to the School of Dentistry, and to the School of Public Health Dentistry. Applications are made to the School of Dentistry through the Associate American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS), the centralized application service provided by the American Dental Education Association. Applicants also complete the School of Dentistry’s supplemental application.

In addition, applicants must take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). For more information on the DAT test consult the American Dental Education website.

The test of English as Second Language (TOEFL) is required for those whose first language is not English. For more information about the TOEFL test, consult

Applications are made to the School of Public Health through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) designating the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. In addition students are required to submit the following: statement of purpose and objectives, resume or C.V., official post-secondary transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, copy of the School of Dentistry Acceptance letter.

For more detailed information on the DDS/MPH program, please email, or visit the School of Public Health dual degree page.