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.


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


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


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


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


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


Manage oral health programs


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


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.





The examination will consist of three two hour parts.