Last updated on April 16, 2024.

Case Western Reserve University

Program Size
Program Length
12-24 months
Application Deadline
February 1
Program Start
July 1

Program Contact

Dr. Sena Narendran Program Director
School of Dental Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, 9601 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106-7401
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Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) offers an advanced education/residency program in dental public health that consists of three different tracks to meet each individual candidate’s professional needs/goals:

  • One-year fulltime for dentists with a master’s degree in public health (MPH) or equivalent accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH);
  • Two-year part-time for dentists with a master’s degree in public health (MPH) or equivalent accredited by CEPH;
  • Two-year fulltime program for dentists without an MPH or equivalent.  

During the first year of the residency program, students in the two-year fulltime program will primarily be working towards a CEPH-accredited MPH program at the CWRU School of Medicine.  During the second year, they will be primarily engaged in the dental public health residency activities at the School of Dental Medicine and will also be completing any pending requirements of the MPH. 

The residency program in dental public health is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation without any reporting requirements, and it is administered by an experienced program director and eminent faculty members. The training program will be tailored to meet each individual resident’s career goals and will include didactic curriculum and practical/field experiences in: 1) research, 2) public health administration, and or 3) teaching.  The didactic instruction for the residency program encompasses the competencies of the ABDPH and includes concepts such as population health, cultural competency, social determinants, and health literacy.  The primary training site is the CWRU-School of Dental Medicine located in a brand new Health Education Campus building: 

The city of Cleveland is an excellent location for health care and training of health professionals and the main contributors to these endeavors are: Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, and MetroHealth.  The Department of Community Dentistry’s faculty members have expertise in dental public health, epidemiology, health services research, etc. Residents will have access to and be able to participate in numerous research and learning opportunities available at CWRU, the premier research institution in Northeast Ohio.  The department administers an excellent service learning program to the dental students, the Healthy Smiles Sealant Program; dental public health residents will have the unique opportunity to participate in different experiential learning programs, Cornerstone Experiences (ACE).  The ACE for the senior dental students is a geriatric dentistry rotation in a mobile dental van.  The dental public health residency program has excellent collaborations with the component schools/departments/centers at CWRU, particularly with the School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health and Quantitative Health Sciences, as well as the Prevention Research Center.

Program Information

Program Type Dental Public Health
Program Code DPH1005
Degrees Offered Certificate, Masters
Program Size 3
Program Length 12-24 months
Application Deadline February 1
Program Start Date July 1
Supplemental Application No
Supplemental Fee Yes
Stipend Offered No
Match Participating No
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

  • GRE
  • NBDE1
  • NBDE2
  • Passing the INBDE before the advanced dental education program deadline

Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental fee

Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

Unofficial copies of all transcripts (dental/graduate) mst be uploaded in PASS.  International graduates must submit evaluations of their transcripts by either WES or ECE. Official copies of transcripts and degrees/diplomas required upon admission.

Letters of Evaluation Instructions

Profesional evaluations including one from the Dean of the Dental School that the applicant attended.

TOEFL Requirement Instructions

Graduates of an international school must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. For minimum requirements, please see the institution (CWRU) website.

International Student Eligibility

This program will consider applicants who graduated, or plan to graduate, from a non-CODA accredited dental school: Yes

Applicants are eligible to enroll if they are:

  • US Citizen
  • US Permanent Resident
  • Canadian Citizen
  • Canadian Permanent Resident
  • Non-US Citizen/Resident (applicant must contain their own sponsorship)

Additional Information

GRE and/or National Dental Board Examination scores required for both the one- and two-year fulltime programs. Applicants to the two-year full-time program must ALSO submit a separate application for the master's program in public health. Information about the MPH program can be found at:

For the MPH program, apply through the graduate education:

Please apply through the university application - select the School of Medicine and the MPH program.  At that point, applicants will see the dual degree options.  Choose 'DPH' option.