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.  

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 818 Research Fundamentals 3
DHY 751 Adult Learning Theory Dental Hygiene Education 3
DHY 831 Thesis I 3
DHY 751 Curriculum & Course Design in Dental Hygiene Education 3
DHY 832 Thesis II 3
DHY 755 Dental Hygiene 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 818 Research Fundamentals 3
DHY 715 Epidemiology 3
DHY 831 Thesis I 3
DHY 840 Advanced Dental Hygiene Practice 3
DHY 832 Thesis II 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

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
Research Fundamentals 3
Year II Spring
Thesis I 3
Advance Dental Hygiene Practice 3
Year II Summer
Thesis II 3
Public Health Practicum  3
Total Credits 36

 

CONCENTRATION IN EDUCATION

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 DH Ed 3
Research Fundamentals 3
Year II Spring
Curriculum & Course Design in DH Ed 3
Thesis I 3
Year II Summer
ED Practicum 3
Thesis II 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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