MDS in Community Dentistry

About the MDS in Community Dentistry

Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) is one of the flag bearers of health science education and research in Pakistan. Manifested from the mission of the University, DUHS is continuously upgrading its research themes for in the progressively evolving field of Community Dentistry.

A Master of Dental Sciences (MDS) in Community Dentistry program focuses on the broader aspects of oral health within communities, emphasizing preventive and public health approaches to address oral health disparities and promote overall well-being. Here’s an introduction to our program:

1. Core Principles of Community Dentistry: Students would learn about the principles and concepts of community dentistry, including epidemiology, health promotion, disease prevention, and health education. The curriculum would emphasize the importance of understanding community needs and designing interventions to improve oral health outcomes at the population level.

2. Community Oral Health Assessment: The program would cover methods for assessing the oral health status of populations, including survey techniques, data collection, and analysis. Students would learn how to identify oral health disparities, risk factors for oral diseases, and barriers to accessing dental care within communities.

3. Health Promotion and Education: Courses would focus on strategies for promoting oral health and preventing oral diseases through community-based interventions. This might involve designing and implementing oral health education programs, outreach initiatives, and behavior change campaigns targeting specific population groups.

4. Policy and Advocacy: Students would study the role of policy and advocacy in shaping oral health systems and addressing oral health inequities. They would explore topics such as oral health policy development, healthcare financing, workforce issues, and advocacy efforts to improve access to dental care for underserved communities.

5. Community Engagement and Partnerships: The curriculum would emphasize the importance of collaboration with community stakeholders, public health agencies, and non-governmental organizations to address oral health needs effectively. Students may have opportunities for fieldwork or internships to gain practical experience working with diverse communities.

6. Dental Public Health Research: The program would include training in research methods and evidence-based practice relevant to community dentistry. Students may conduct research projects focusing on oral health promotion, health services delivery, program evaluation, or health disparities in underserved populations.

7. Professional Development and Leadership: Students would develop skills in leadership, communication, and interdisciplinary collaboration essential for working in public health and community settings. They may also learn about career opportunities in dental public health, academia, government agencies, or international health organizations.

Overall, an MDS in Community Dentistry prepares graduates to become leaders in the field of public health dentistry, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to address oral health challenges at the community and population levels. They play a vital role in promoting oral health equity, preventing oral diseases, and improving the overall health and well-being of diverse communities.

Program Highlights


4 years

Type of Study

Full time

Study System

Semesters system

Credit Hours

12 Credit hours each for 1st semester of coursework
9 Credit hours each from 2nd to 8th Semester
(including 06 credit hours for thesis)
Total Credit Hours : 75

Study Hours Distribution

Study per Semester = 16 weeks
Examination = 2 weeks
Semester Break = 2 weeks

Working Days = 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fridays = 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Teaching Hours Distribution

Lecture hours/ Facilitation / Self Directed
Studies/ Lab training/ Clinical Rotations

Assessment of Student

Continuous Internal Assessment = 30 %
Final Examination = 70%
Total = 100%

Teaching Institution

School of Postgraduate Studies

Degree Awarding Institution

Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi

Eligibility Criteria

Following is the eligibility​ criteria for 2023-2024 admission cycle for MDS in Community Dentistry:

Fees and Financial information

The following is the Fee structure of the MDS in Community Dentistry program as of 2023-2024

Fee TypeAmount
Admission FeePKR 35,000
Semester FeePKR 101,200
Lab Charges per SemesterPKR 10,000
Security DepositPKR 10,000
TotalPKR 156,200

Admission Process

Every stage of our admissions process is aimed at identifying the aspects of your academic trajectory and personal ambitions

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Contact Us



Phone: 92-21-38771111



Dow University of Health Sciences (Ojha Campus),
University Road, Near SUPARCO Chowk, Karachi