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Pediatric Dentistry-Gainesville or Naples: 36-month certificate/M.P.H. degree program

This 36-month certificate and degree program is designed to prepare dentists for the specialty practice of pediatric dentistry, to qualify them for certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and to prepare them for leadership positions in dental public health. Didactic instruction and clinical training develop skills necessary to provide comprehensive care for the dental needs of the normal child and the child with physical, mental and emotional needs. In addition, residents in this program take courses leading to the M.P.H. degree in the College of Public Health and Health Professions.

The program may be based at the College of Dentistry in Gainesville or at the Naples Children and Education Foundation (NCEF) Pediatric Dental Center in Naples. The didactic curriculum includes courses on sedation, growth and development, orthodontics, research design, oral medicine, oral biology, oral pathology, and practice management.

The clinical curriculum includes experience in comprehensive preventive and restorative care, hospital-based dental care in an operating room setting and in an ambulatory surgical center, sedation and monitoring in the office setting, treatment of patients with oral and craniofacial anomalies, diagnosis and treatment of developing malocclusion, and emergency dental care. In addition, residents participate in a four-week rotation in anesthesiology and year around pediatric medicine rotations.

Furthermore, the residents complete coursework for the M.P.H. degree. Students have the flexibility to select an in-depth concentration in the M.P.H. program or to choose the Public Health Practice concentration, which allows selection of courses from two or more concentration areas. M.P.H. core courses and select concentration core courses may be taken online.

A stipend is in the amount of $35,000 is provided for each of the three years. No tuition is required.*
*Tuition, 3rd year of stipend, and conference travel are supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to the University of Florida.

Application Process

Candidates for the program must meet the entrance requirements and procedures for admission to both the Pediatric Dental Residency (Gainesville or Naples) and the Master of Public Health degree programs. Applicants should apply to both programs, but acceptance into the joint Certificate/M.P.H. program is dependent upon acceptance to the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program. The M.P.H. program application can be submitted online.

Because all applicants will already have a D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree, they can request waivers from the requirement to take the GRE.

To receive an application or additional program information, contact:

Dr. Pamela Sandow, Assistant Dean for Admissions
University of Florida College of Dentistry
P.O. Box 100402
Gainesville, FL 32610-0402
Phone: 352-273-5956
Fax: 352-846-0311