The program offered by this department spans from year 2 until year 5 of the undergraduate course.
In Year 2, students learn about basic concepts and theories in Social and Behavioural Science and their application in dentistry specifically to support desired behaviour change, disease control and prevention.
In Year 3, students learn about the principles of Primary Health Care and Oral Health Promotion strategies in community settings and to use statistics and oral epidemiological principles to measure and monitor oral disease levels in the population. Also, students learn how to manage the patient’s oral hygiene, diet and smoking as part of their patient’s total care.
In Year 4 the student approaches dentistry from the community perspective parallel to individual patient care in the clinic. They learn to plan, implement and evaluate an oral health education and promotion program, understand the professional ethics and jurisprudence framework, legal and forensic requirements controlling dental practice according to international standards and Malaysian laws. They are also given the opportunity to plan, implement and evaluate an Oral Health Education Programme in selected communities as part of a team. Also, as part of enhancing their knowledge, attitudes and skills in the social context of their patients, they conduct a behavioural science case study culminating in an evidence-based report.
In Year 5, the students learn about the organization, implementation and management of the health and oral healthcare system with particular reference to the Ministry of Health. The role of the dentists in the public sector is emphasized. Besides this, students will have the opportunity through the Community Oral Health Posting Programme which will be carried out at selected Ministry of Health facilities at the state level all over Malaysia, to observe and enhance their public health knowledge and skills and identify job and entrepreneurship opportunities in the field.
1.Master in Community Oral Health (MCOH) (1 year full-time).
The MCOH programme is a course-work programme aims to produce graduates who possess basic knowledge in community oral health with a wider approach towards societal well-being. Graduates will have basic competency in developing appropriate professionals values, attitudes and behaviour that are sensitive and can easily adapt to the changing needs of society.
Master of Community Oral Health (MCOH)
2.Doctor in Dental Public Health (DrDPH) (3 years full time).
The DrDPH programme is a mixed-mode programme (coursework + research) to produce dental public health specialists who are knowledgeable and competent in terms of clinical and technical skills, social responsibility, caring and able to adapt to the changing needs of society. They are also competent in undertaking research to solve the community’s oral health problems and improve oral health. The specialists can also effectively provide leadership in health care programmes and comply with the highest standards of professional ethics.
Doctor of Dental Public Health (DrDPH)
3.Master of Dental Science (MDSc)
Master of Dental Science (MDSc) is a full research programme offers by the faculty of Dentistry. It is a two years programme, which is open to local and international students. Candidates who enrol into this programme need to attend and successfully completed a Research and Biostatics course offers by the Faculty of Dentistry. This programme prepared candidates to be a researcher.
4.Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a full research programme offers by the faculty of Dentistry or Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS). It is a minimum of 3 years programme, which is open to local and international students. Candidates who enrol into this programme need to attend and successfully completed a Research and Biostatics course offers either by the Faculty of Dentistry or IPS. This programme prepared candidates to be a researcher.