Mini-Master of Dental Public Health Catalogue

Dental Public Health is the science and art of preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities, and individuals.

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Programme Description

This programme is a 3 months (12 weeks) online certificate course designed to teach the skills that are necessary for the basic dental public health understanding or practice and to prepare learners to become dental public health scientists/practitioners in resource-limited contexts.

Programme Obje­ctives

1. To educate learners on the basic principles and practice of dental public health

2. To produce graduates who would improve access to oral healthcare in populations

3. To equip learners for future professional development, self-actualization, and practice management

4. To educate learners on the ability to cooperate with individuals, teams or groups and specialists in population oral health care and appropriate referral

Teaching Target

The teaching target of the Mini-Master of Dental Public Health (mMDPH) programme is to help learners to grasp the basic knowledge and skills needed to master the basic techniques of dental public health science and practice, manage dental public health facilities, and establish the foundation for a sound managerial and capitalist entrepreneurial dental public health engagement enterprise.

Specialisations

1. Dental Public Health (mMDPH)

2. Oral Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (mMDPH-OPR)

3. Community Oral Health (mMDPH-COH)

Courses

Mini-Master of Dental Public Health (mMDPH)

CODE USCH TITLE
PC3-011

3

Foundations of Dental Public Health
PC3-012

3

Oral Health Systems, Law & Policy
PC3-013

3

Oral Epidemiology and Control of Oral Diseases
PC3-014

3

Social and Behavioural Sciences in Oral Health
PC3-015

4

Oral Health Promotion, Communication, and Artificial Intelligence
PC3-016

3

WHO’s Basic Methods for Oral Health Surveys
PC3-017

6

mMDPH Capstone (Practicum/Field Work)
Other components of the mMDPH curriculum
RL00

0

GRIT
RL01

0

Developing your personal career strategy
RL03

0

Dental Public Health Business
WBN01

0

We are the Future
WBN02

0

Advocacy in Health Care
WBN04

0

Designing and Developing Healthcare Facilities & Programmes
WBN07

0

Stress and our Health and Illness States
WBN08

0

Behavioural Dimensions in the Concept of Health
WBN09

0

Nutritional Factors in Health and Illness States
WBN10

0

Public Health Informatics
WBN11

0

Communication in Health Education Programmes
WBN12

0

Anxiety Disorders
WBN13

0

Diagnosis of Oral Disease: History Taking
WBN14

0

Diagnosis of Oral Disease: Routine Physical Examination
WBN15

0

Diagnosis of Oral Disease: Choosing & Ordering Investigations
WBN16

0

Working in Resource-Limited Settings
Additional Modules for CAREER PLAN
CRR 101

0

Career Landscape
CRR 102

0

Gaining Visibility
CRR 103

0

Career Advancement
CRR 104

0

Becoming Indispensable
CRR 105

0

Performance Improvement
Additional Modules for BUSINESS PLAN
BUS 101

0

Product Development
BUS 102

0

Business Strategy
BUS 103

0

Sales & Marketing
BUS 104

0

Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
BUS 105

0

Business Accountability & Ethics

Total credits: 25 USCH (50 ECTS). Note:  USCH = United States Credit Hours and ECTS = European Credit Transfer System.

Programme Plans

There are three (3) plans in the mMDPH programme – Regular Plan (the full strength of the programme), Career Boost Plan (learn how to build a great career with the full strength of the programme and help others to do the same), and Business Plan (learn how to build a great business with the full strength of the programme and help others to do the same). The details of each plan are given below. You should choose the plan that you intend to run during your application. Notice that the enrolment fee differs with each plan (https://orapuh.org/fees).

Oral Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (mMDPH-OPR)

CODE USCH TITLE
PC3-011 3 Foundations of Dental Public Health
PC3-012 3 Oral Health Systems, Law, and Policy
PC3-013 3 Oral Epidemiology and Control of Oral Diseases
PC3-014 3 Social and Behavioural Sciences in Oral Health
PC3-015 4 Oral Health Promotion, Communication, and Artificial Intelligence
PC3-618 3 Behavioral Oral Health Promotion & Healthy Dental Choices
PC3-619 3 Preventive Dentistry and Risk Assessment
PC3-620 2 Oral Health Education
PC3-621 6 mMDPH-OPR Capstone (Practicum/Field Work, Publication, and Seminar)
Other components of the mMDPH-OPR curriculum
RL00 0 GRIT
RL01 0 Developing your personal career strategy
RL03 0 Dental Public Health Business
WBN01 0 We are the Future
WBN02 0 Advocacy in Health Care
WBN04 0 Designing and Developing Healthcare Facilities & Programmes
WBN07 0 Stress and our Health and Illness States
WBN08 0 Behavioural Dimensions in the Concept of Health
WBN09 0 Nutritional Factors in Health and Illness States
WBN10 0 Public Health Informatics
WBN11 0 Communication in Health Education Programmes
WBN12 0 Anxiety Disorders
WBN13 0 Diagnosis of Oral Disease: History Taking
WBN14 0 Diagnosis of Oral Disease: Routine Physical Examination
WBN15 0 Diagnosis of Oral Disease: Choosing & Ordering Investigations
WBN16 0 Working in Resource-Limited Settings

Community Oral Health (mMDPH-COH)

CODE USCH TITLE
PC3-011 3 Foundations of Dental Public Health
PC3-012 3 Oral Health Systems, Law, and Policy
PC3-013 3 Oral Epidemiology and Control of Oral Diseases
PC3-014 3 Social and Behavioural Sciences in Oral Health
PC3-015 4 Oral Health Promotion, Communication, and Artificial Intelligence
PC3-621 2 Introduction to Community Oral Health
PC3-622 3 Community Engagement and Community-Based Interventions
PC3-623 3 Community Oral Health Programme Planning, Implementation & Evaluation
PC3-624 6 mMDPH-COH Capstone (Practicum/Field Work) and Seminar
Other components of the mMDPH-COH curriculum
RL00 0 GRIT
RL01 0 Developing your personal career strategy
RL03 0 Dental Public Health Business
WBN01 0 We are the Future
WBN02 0 Advocacy in Health Care
WBN04 0 Designing and Developing Healthcare Facilities & Programmes
WBN07 0 Stress and our Health and Illness States
WBN08 0 Behavioural Dimensions in the Concept of Health
WBN09 0 Nutritional Factors in Health and Illness States
WBN10 0 Public Health Informatics
WBN11 0 Communication in Health Education Programmes
WBN12 0 Anxiety Disorders
WBN13 0 Diagnosis of Oral Disease: History Taking
WBN14 0 Diagnosis of Oral Disease: Routine Physical Examination
WBN15 0 Diagnosis of Oral Disease: Choosing & Ordering Investigations
WBN16 0 Working in Resource-Limited Settings

How we teach these courses and modules

This programe is taught and assessed entirely (100%) online/ODL.

We utilise the Flipped Classroom Model of Instruction, using the best available, cost-effective media (WhatsApp, Telegram, & YouTube).

  1. We assign pre-recorded lecture audios and videos and other resources as homework to be watched or engaged before class.
  2. Students make their own notes or jot down major points and may also consult materials outside of school resources for better understanding of lessons and to enrich their notes/jottings.
  3. We spend classroom time on valuable activities like review of lecture and/or other resources, discussions, Q & A, real-life applications, and projects.
  4. For each course, live interactive sessions hold as scheduled in the Programme’s Roadmap. Each session runs for about 45 minutes to 1 hour
  5. There are regular (weekly) academic webinars that support learning and career/business development.
  6. The capstone (practicum/field work) summarises the overall achievement in the programme.
  7. Faculty-Student Forum (WhatsApp and Telegram) goes from 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Friday

mMDPH Enrolment Fees

Regular plan

  1. The Gambia: D15,560 (GMD)
  2. Nigeria: N251,145 (NGN)
  3. Other countries: $250 (USD)

Career Boost plan and Business plan

  1. The Gambia: D18,060 (GMD)
  2. Nigeria: N300,625 (NGN)
  3. Other countries: $300 (USD)

mMDPH-OPR and mMDPH-COH Enrollment Fee

  1. The Gambia: D18,060 (GMD)
  2. Nigeria: N300,625 (NGN)
  3. Other countries: $300 (USD)

EF Payment Plans

  • Plan 1: pay all EF before resumption
  • Plan 2: pay 50% of EF before resumption and pay the rest 50% one month after the first payment. This plan also attracts an extra charge
  1. The Gambia: D62 (GMD)
  2. Nigeria: N1,000 (NGN)
  3. Other countries: $1 (USD)
  • Plan 3: Pay 1/3rd of EF before resumption, pay another 1/3rd one month after resumption, and pay the last 1/3rd two months after resumption. This plan also attracts an extra charge
  1. The Gambia: D124 (GMD)
  2. Nigeria: N2,000 (NGN)
  3. Other countries: $2 (USD)

*Each admitted student should endeavour to inform the Finance Unit (+220-288-6490 – WhatsApp; [email protected]) about  their chosen EF Payment plan.

**Failure of a student to keep to the specific requirements of their chosen EF payment plan results in the termination of all learning activities for the defaulting student.


How to Picture this Programme

There are a number of ways to picture the Mini-Master of Dental Public Health experience; a few of them are:

  1. As a core training/practice programme
    Chances are that you feel this programme is not too related to your career. But that is not true. In fact, the programme is at the heart of your future practice. You cannot practice effectively without considering the impact of your practice on the health of the public.
  2. As a programme in entrepreneurial capitalism
    After taking this programme, you could start your own dental public health business and build it until it becomes a profitable and an enduring business that is sustainably prominent in the marketplace
  3. As a programme in Administration
    The knowledge and skills that you gain from this programme could help you to enhance viability, productivity, and sustainability in your present workplace or other facilities that you manage
  4. As a programme in Business Administration Business strategies and methods are freely taught throughout each module of the programme. The knowledge and skills you acquire during the programme would help you to begin and/or boost your business or career and optimise them to maximise profit and minimise loss
  5. As a core science programme
    Dental public health’s principles and practices are predicated on scientific evidence and methods. Taking this programme stimulates scientific reasoning in you
  6. As a programme in teaching
    The programme prepares you to teach others these principles that you learn by taking the programme. All you need to do is adapt the teaching to the peculiarities of your context. Today, you are being taught Dental Public Health, tomorrow, you could be teaching others!
  7. As a programmee in research
    This programme stimulates your appetite for research.
  8. As a programme in learning to reason critically
    The challenging presentations of scenarios in lectures catalyze critical reasoning in learners. The field practicum trips keep students thinking and desiring more experiences. Weekly lectures also stimulate the same feelings in students.
  9. As a programmee in learning to generalize
    Dental public health is a microcosm of other bigger medical/health concerns. Managing a dental public health facility effectively inspires the trust that one could manage bigger facilities. This impression is a true feeling. This programme encourages you to think along that line.

Requirements for mMDPH programme

1. Interest in dental public health

2. Ability to communicate effectively in the English Language

3. Payment of the Admission Processing Fee

  • The Gambia: D600 (GMD)
  • Nigeria: N7,150 (NGN)
  • Other countries: $10 (USD)

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Requirements for mMDPH-OPR and mMDPH-COH programmes

1. Interest in the programme

2. Possession of a relevant degree or its equivalent recognised by the school’s Oversight and Academic Board (OAB)

3. Ability to communicate effectively in the English Language

4. Payment of the Admission Processing Fee

  • The Gambia: D600 (GMD)
  • Nigeria: N7,150 (NGN)
  • Other countries: $10 (USD)

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Prospects after Taking this Programme

After taking this course, a learner should be able to

  1. Manifest increased dental public health knowledge and skills
  2. Land a new job or promotion, or enhance their CV
  3. Possess sharpened skills
  4. Attract a salary raise
  5. Start a dental public health business/organization or improve the revenue generation, organization, and operations of an existing facility
  6. Enhance the operations of their own dental public health business/organization or their present work place
  7. Use their knowledge and skills to manage any health facility or project
  8. Help society better or give back to society

Available Cohorts 

Plan to join a cohort that is most suitable to your time and budget.

1. Session 2024/2: April 1 – June 22, 2024

2. Session 2024/3: June 24 – September 14, 2024

3. Session 2024/4: September 16 –  December 7, 2024

4. Session 2025/1: January 6 – March 29, 2025


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