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Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall

As a dental hygienist, you have the power to influence patients’ oral and overall health – and make them smile with confidence. In this program, you’ll build on your previous bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene with a science-based academic curriculum, so you’ll be well prepared to advance your career outside of clinical practice.

Our 36-credit hour online master’s degree program specifically designed for practicing dental hygienists can be earned part-time and culminates in a thesis. When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to move forward as an educator, administrator or researcher.

Attendance at an in-person orientation on the Boston campus is required for all new students prior to Fall enrollment.

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • Graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program
  • Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • One year of work experience in healthcare*
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 79 or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required of all candidates for whom English is not the native language

*This requirement may be waived for MCPHS graduates.

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

Master of Science Graduate Program/Education Track

DHY 714 Research Methodology & Statistics 3
DHY 701 Essentials in Public Health 3
DHY 722 Health Policy and Finance 3
DHY 827 Administration & Management 3
DHY 706 Health Education & Health Behavior 3
DHY 703 Program Planning & Evaluation 3
DHY 830 Evidence-Based Literature Review 3
DHY 751 Adult Learning Theory for Health Professions Education 3
DHY 831 Research Design & Proposal Development 3
DHY 753 Curriculum & Course Design in Health Professions Education 3
DHY 832 Data Analysis & Manuscript Preparation 3
DHY 755 Health Professions Education Practicum 3
DHY 895 Graduate Extension (if needed) 0
Total Credit Hours
36

Master of Science Graduate Program/Public Health Track

DHY 714 Research Methodology & Statistics 3
DHY 701 Essentials in Public Health 3
DHY 722 Health Policy & Finance 3
DHY 827 Administration & Management 3
DHY 706 Health Education & Health Behavior 3
DHY 703 Program Planning & Evaluation 3
DHY 830 Evidence-Based Literature Review 3
DHY 715 Epidemiology 3
DHY 831 Research Design & Proposal Development  3
DHY 840 Advanced Dental Hygiene Practice 3
DHY 832 Data Analysis & Manuscript Preparation  3
DHY 835 Public Health Practicum 3
DHY 895 Graduate Extension (if needed) 0
Total Credit Hours
36

Our flexible course schedule allows students to go customize their curriculum plan to fit their needs. The following are sample curriculum plans with concentrations in Public Health and Education.

CONCENTRATION IN PUBLIC HEALTH

Semester Title Credits
Year I Fall
Essentials in Public Health 3
Administration & Management 3
Year I Spring
Program Planning & Evaluation 3
Health Policy & Finance 3
Year I Summer
Health Ed & Health Behavior 3
Research Methodology & Statistics 3
Year II Fall
Health Epidemiology 3
Evidence-Based Literature Review 3
Year II Spring
Research Design & Proposal Dev 3
Advance Dental Hygiene Practice 3
Year II Summer
Data Analysis & Manuscript Prep 3
Public Health Practicum  3
Total Credits 36

CONCENTRATION IN EDUCATION

Semester Title Credits
Year I Fall
Essentials in Public Health 3
Administration & Management 3
Year I Spring
Program Planning & Finance 3
Health Policy & Finance 3
Year I Summer
Health Ed & Health Behavior 3
Research Methodology & Statistics 3
Year II Fall
Adult Learning Theory Health Professions Ed 3
Evidence-Based Literature Review 3
Year II Spring
Curriculum & Course Design in Health Professions Ed 3
Research Design & Proposal Dev 3
Year II Summer
Health Professions Ed Practicum 3
Data Analysis & Manuscript Prep  3
Total Credits 36
Online tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program you choose and the number of credits for which you register. Learn more about Online tuition and fees here.
 

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