Dental Public Health is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, and control of dental diseases and the promotion of oral health through organized community efforts. Dental Public Health serves the community and the public through research, health promotion, education, and oral healthcare programs.

Content

The NDSE will test a candidate's knowledge of dental public health principles and public health issues.

Blueprint

Canadian dental public health specialists are required to have broad knowledge and skills in the seven domains of the dental public health blueprint. The following blueprint shows the content areas and approximate percentage of questions (cases/topics/computer-based data analysis/policy analysis) in each domain.

Dental Public Health Blueprint

Approximate % of questions

Assess community oral health status, needs and resources

10

Diagnose community oral health problems and identify the cause or strength of contributing factors

15

Assess policies, strategies, programs, services and devices that affect oral health and the provision of oral health services

20

Plan activities or programs that would be worthwhile in improving oral health within the given ethical, legal, political, social, demographic, economic and environmental context

15

Manage oral health programs

10

Assemble, synthesize and communicate relevant, accurate and clear information that will enable individuals, families, communities, public and private health organizations and government decision-makers to improve oral health

20

Conduct education on and research into community oral health problems and services in order to assure a diverse and competent public oral health workforce and advancement of the specialty.

10

Total

100%

Format

The examination will consist of three two hour parts.