MDS in Public Health Dentistry

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Overview

Our program is designed to equip graduates with necessary skills for communication in order to identify and ascertain the sociopolitical burden of public health programs to plan interventions appropriately. We train students to apply, evaluate and synthetise information for interventions in advocacy at the Government level, lobbying efforts with professional bodies and at community and individual levels. We encourage students to demonstrate leadership qualities in organising community-based programs across different sectors

Objective

Our program prepares students who can work in academics, organisations in India and abroad, with analytical and problem-solving skills. We ensure competency in epidemiology and statistical applications. Our aims are –

  • To help students estimate oral disease burden following the principles of epidemiology.
  • To enable students in discussing public health and its significance at national and global level.
  • To develop promotive interventions for addressing oral diseases at individual and community level.
  • To demonstrate leadership qualities while organising and implementing community programs.
  • To apply appropriate measures in advocacy, lobby efforts, or interventions in policy changes at a community level.
  • To demonstrate competencies and skills essential for functioning as a public health dentist.

Highlights

  • Modular teaching

    All teaching learning delivery, including assessment, is defined for every module and as according to DCI requirements

  • Credit-based System

    Learning experience is measured using a credit system for transparency and clarity in the global platform

  • Importance to Formative Assessment

    Periodic assessment assists in both self-improvement and sets goals for achievement. It also helps in program evaluation and feedback for improvement

  • Focus on development of transferrable skills

    Importance is given to communication skills and leadership, which help in transferring learning to action in society

  • Research Focus

    Student research skills are honed and scientific curiosity nurtured, especially since evidence-based dentistry is the backbone of clinical practice

  • Uses application-based learning. 
  • Provides varied research opportunities.
  • Offers internship, training, and placement support with various worldwide universities and industries.
  • Includes expert guest lectures from varied institutions and industries. 
  • Ensures a group project and dissertation as output. 
  • Offers workshop, industry visits, group discussions and debates.
  • Classes in small batches to encourage in-depth learning

  • We offer accommodation in student hostels on our campus, and even offer third-party off-campus hotels where necessary to ensure students can focus on what matters the most. 
  • Our on-campus facilities include WiFi any time of the day, 24/7.
  • From a host of eateries and laundry facilities, we ensure that students have access to all facilities.
  • We encourage students to participate in co-curricular activities on campus which include sports and cultural events, both at a university level and a faculty level.
  • We help students focus on independent and sponsored research with projects and a dissertation

Structure

Study Domains

  • PSTM

    Programme Specialisation Teaching Module

    Includes a vertical and horizontal integration of the topics of the specialty

  • RM

    Research module

    In addition to classes in Research Methodology, this is a module designed to teach how to conceptualise and execute a research project and disseminate research findings

  • FCM

    Faculty Common Modules

    Courses that add value for all round development of the dental specialist

  • EL

    Elective

    Includes training and a research project in an institution in India or abroad and a teacher training module

Course Progression

Course Credits Study Domain
Epidemiology

PGPHD01 Theory Practicals

24 Programme Specialisation Teaching Module PSTM
Clinical photography

PGFCM01 Theory Practicals

1 Faculty Common Modules FCM
Basic and advanced life support

PGFCM02 Theory Practicals

1 Faculty Common Modules FCM
Personality Development and Soft Skills

PGFCM03

1 Faculty Common Modules FCM
Ethics and Professionalism

PGFCM04

1 Faculty Common Modules FCM
Research Methodology

PGRM01

2 Research module RM

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Public Health

PGPHD02 Theory Practicals

24 Programme Specialisation Teaching Module PSTM
Short term project/Group project

PGRM02 Theory Practicals

6 Research module RM

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Comprehensive Oral Health care

PGPHD03 Theory Practicals

24 Programme Specialisation Teaching Module PSTM
Teacher Training Module

PGEM01

1 Elective EL
Library Dissertation

PGRM03

4 Research module RM
Conference presentation

PGRM05

1 Research module RM

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Oral health promotion

PGPHD04 Theory Practicals

24 Programme Specialisation Teaching Module PSTM
Training in any other institution in India or Abroad

PGEM02 Theory Practicals

3 Elective EL
Dissertation

PGRM04 Theory Practicals

8 Research module RM

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Oral Health Care Delivery System

PGPHD05 Theory Practicals

24 Programme Specialisation Teaching Module PSTM
Dissertation

PGRM04 Theory Practicals

10 Research module RM
Journal publication

PGRM06

1 Research module RM

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Course Credits Study Domain
Dental Public Health - Consultancy and Advocacy

PGPHD06 Theory Practicals

20 Programme Specialisation Teaching Module PSTM

Key

  • Theory
  • Tutorials
  • Practicals

Details

Programme specialisation Teaching Module (PSTM) 1 — 6

There are two components to this. Component 1 (Continuous Evaluation of Module CEM) for PSTM 1 – 6 includes theory assessment, assignment, clinical assessment, and viva voce.

Component 2 (Programme End Exam CEE) has a theory component, clinical component, pedagogy and viva voce.

Theory component

Written examination shall consist of Basic Sciences (Part‑I) of three hours duration shall be conducted at the end of First year of MDS Programme. Part-II Examination shall be conducted at the end of Third year of MDS Programme. Part-II Examination shall consist of Paper‑I, Paper-II and Paper-III, each of three hours duration. Paper‑I & Paper-II shall consist of two long answer questions carrying 25 marks each and five questions carrying 10 marks each. Paper-III will be on Essays. In Paper-III three Questions will be given and student has to answer any two questions. Each question carries 50 marks. Questions on recent advances may be asked in any or all the papers. Distribution of topics for each paper will be as follows

Part I

  • Paper I (Applied Basic Sciences): Applied Anatomy and Histology, Applied Physiology and Biochemistry, Applied Pathology, Microbiology, Oral Pathology, Physical and Social Anthropology, Applied Pharmacology and Research Methodology and Biostatistics
  • A written exam at the end of the first year of 3‑hours

Part II

  • Paper I: Public Health
  • Paper II: Dental Public Health 
  • Paper III: Descriptive and analysing type questions
  • A written examination the end of the third year which consists of Paper I, Paper II, and Paper III, each of 3‑hours duration. Paper I and Paper II consist two long answer questions carrying 25 marks each and five questions carrying 10 marks each. Paper III involves answering 2 out of 3 essay questions carrying 50 marks, and questions are on recent advances.

Clinical Component

A structured clinical exam for different exercises will be assessed for 200 marks.

  • Recording case history for at least two representative patients from the community using relevant two relevant indices for the assessment of oral health, and presentation of observations (50 marks) 
  • Clinical Procedure (50 marks)
    • One of the treatment procedures as per treatment plan 
    • Restorative, surgical, rehabilitation
    • Preventive oral health care procedure 
    • One of the procedures specified in the curriculum.
  • Critical evaluation of a given research article published in an international journal (50 marks)
  • Problem-solving a hypothetical oral health situation that exists in a community with sufficient data. The student as a specialist in community dentistry is expected to suggest practical solutions to the existing oral health situation of the given community (50 marks) 

Pedagogy and Viva voce Component

A structured viva voce exam for 80 marks and pedagogy for 20 marks conducted during a clinical exam

Research, Faculty Common and Elective Modules

These modules will be assessed as per the norms as specified in the module specification. The assessment for these modules is through tests, presentations or any other method as specified in the module specification

Careers

  • Researcher

  • Specialist Dental Surgeon

  • Clinical Practice

  • Diagnostician

  • Public Health Dentist

Admissions

Eligibility

Candidates must have a recognised degree of Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery awarded by a University or institute in India and registered with the State Dental Council. The Candidate must have obtained a provisional or permanent registration and undergone compulsory rotatory internship for a year in an approved and recognised dental college

Application Process

Students seeking admissions are required to appear and qualify in the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET-MDS) conducted on all India basis.

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PGET Code: D10

All admissions are done through centralised common counselling by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). For details visit: www​.kea​.kar​.nic​.in/​p​g​e​t​2​0​1​9.htm

Foreign/​NRI students seeking admissions are also required to qualify NEET examination conducted on all India basis.

Fees & Scholarships

Government Seats:

  • As per Government of Karnataka for Indian nationals

University Seats:

  • Rs 4,21,800 per annum for Indian nationals

Eligibility

  • The Council may, on payment of the prescribed fee for registration, grant temporary registration for the duration of the post-graduate training restricted to the dental college/​institution to which he or she is admitted for the time being exclusively for post-graduate studies: Provided further that temporary registration to such foreign national shall be subject to the condition that such person is duly registered as medical practitioner in his/​her own country from which he/​she has obtained his/​her basics dental qualification and that his/​her degree is recognized by the corresponding state dental council or concerned authority
  • Equivalence certificate by Association of Indian Universities
  • Should have proof of proficiency in English with a minimum TOEFL score of 8

Application Process

Students seeking admissions are required to appear and qualify in the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET-MDS) conducted on all India basis.

https://​nbe​.edu​.in,

https://cdn3.digialm.com//EForms/configuredHtml/1815/63027/Index.html

PGET Code: D10

All admissions are done through centralised common counselling by the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA). For details visit: www​.kea​.kar​.nic​.in/​p​g​e​t​2​0​1​9.htm

Foreign/​NRI students seeking admissions are also required to qualify NEET examination conducted on all India basis.

Fees & Scholarships

NRI/ Foreign Students:

Not applicable

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