Community Oral Health

Community Oral Health MASTER Program Breakdown:

If you are interested in improving access to oral health care with a community-based approach, consider applying to the Online Masters Degree in Community Oral Health. This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for clinicians, educators and administrators who want to learn more on a wide variety of issues while focusing on the unique needs of community health programs.

  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International clinicians, educators and administrators
Required Work ExperienceBA/BS
Rolling AdmissionFall
Estimated Program Length**24 months**
Courses16 courses
Units26
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Capstone ProjectIncludes a practicum where the student develops a project within a community or organization. The program includes two elective tracks to respond to specific student’s interest:
Vulnerable populations and community health care and
Project Administration
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$1928 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually

Curriculum

The Community Oral Health Master’s Program  is a 24 month program. Courses outlined by trimester are completed throughout the 24 month period.

Online Courses

Fall Trimester

COH-701 Community Health Sciences (2 units)

Examines common theoretical and conceptual models, health education methodologies and emerging technology to provide health services in community settings.

COH-706 Foundations and Strategies in Health Education (2 units)

Examines the impact of education in community health, identifying strategies to engage and empower the members of the community to achieve health and wellness.

COH-707 Epidemiology (2 units)

Explores the fundamental understanding of epidemiology that concerns various domains and disciplines, and apply the epidemiologic principles in community health projects.

COH-708 Community Health Science Administration, assessment and evaluation (2 units)

Fosters the opportunity to develop foundational knowledge to be administrative and executive leaders in the healthcare industry and assist with the skills to identify and assess the key problems and available resources that affect community health.

COH-709 Community Health Program Execution and Communication (1 unit)

Develops the communication skills as an administrator including social marketing techniques for health promotion.

COH-710 Health Assessment (1 unit)

Focusses on the importance of health assessment in order to understand the needs and priorities of a community.  The concepts of vulnerability and inequality are addressed, identifying strategies to achieve appropriate health care and healthy communities.

COH-711 Practicum 1 (1 units)

The practicum provides the opportunity to apply the acquired competencies to real world settings, and to provide to the community with tools to improve health promotion and disease prevention.  The practicum incorporates a service learning approach involving a partnership between the student, community organization, and designated faculty or research team members. The first course emphasize in the establishment of an alliance, needs identification and educational proposal.

Spring Trimester

COH-593a Capstone Project (2 units)

Instructs ways to successfully conduct a systematic review by covering the 5 steps: Formulating the research question, searching the literature, assessing the quality, summarizing the evidence and interpreting the findings.

COH-702 Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 units)

Explores the social and behavioral factors of diverse groups that can affect the health status and choices of communities.

COH-705 Research and Biostatistics in Healthcare (2 units)

Healthcare research encompasses a wide range of research disciplines including basic and applied research.   This course introduces participants to the research process with emphasis on different types of research methods and designs frequently used to study health and health care delivery.  

COH-712 Practicum 2 (0.5 units)

The practicum provides the opportunity to apply the acquired competencies to real world settings, and to provide to the community with tools to improve health promotion and disease prevention.  This course incorporates a service learning approach involving a partnership between the student, community organization, and designated faculty or research team members. During the course, the student participate in a multidisciplinary team, executing an educational program, and collects data regarding the community health.

COH-713 Health Education and Promotion (1 unit)

Develops an action plan for health education and promotion including the planning, designing and evaluation of the instruction and materials.

COH-714 Community Health Funding and Support (1 unit)

Presents the approaches to the generation and allocation of financial support for community health policies, programs and systems.

Summer Trimester

COH-593b Capstone Project (2 unit)

The student will conduct a systematic review as the research capstone experience of the program.  Students will work in teams ranging from 2 to 4 students, and will present and defend their capstone projects in front of a panel of faculty. The final report needs to be of a quality that it could be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

COH-703 Community Health Program Planning and Implementation (2 units)

Introduction to the concepts and processes used in evidence-based community oral health program development.

COH-704 Environmental Health Sciences (3 units)

Environmental factors affecting community health and evidence-based approaches to control or reduce the risks of these health problems.

COH-715 Community Health Practice Standards (1 unit)

Examines the scopes and standards of practice, regulations, policies and ethical principles that affect healthcare providers, payers and other stakeholders in community healthcare settings.

COH-716 Healthcare communication technology (1 unit)

Reviews systems and applications of the emerging technology of Telehealth for patient and professional health-related education and applications for patient access to care.

COH-717 Practicum 3 (0.5 units)

The practicum provides the opportunity to apply the acquired competencies to real world settings, and to provide to the community with tools to improve health promotion and disease prevention. The course incorporates a service learning approach involving a partnership between the student, community organization, and designated faculty or research team members.  During the final course, the student participate in a multidisciplinary team, collects data regarding the community health and builds a plan for sustainability and maintenance.

Community Oral Health CERTIFICATE Program Breakdown:

If you are interested in improving access to oral health care with a community-based approach, consider applying to the Online Certificate in Community Oral Health. This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for clinicians, educators and administrators who want to learn more on a wide variety of issues while focusing on the unique needs of community health programs.

  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International clinicians, educators and administrators
Required Work ExperienceBA/BS
Rolling AdmissionFall
Estimated Program Length**12 months
Courses6 courses
Units13
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$1928 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually

Curriculum

The Community Oral Health Certificate Program  is a 12 month program. Courses outlined by trimester are completed throughout the 12 month period.

Online Courses

Fall Trimester

COH-701 Community Health Sciences (2 units)

Examines common theoretical and conceptual models, health education methodologies and emerging technology to provide health services in community settings.

COH-706 Foundations and Strategies in Health Education (2 units)

Examines the impact of education in community health, identifying strategies to engage and empower the members of the community to achieve health and wellness.

Spring Trimester

COH-702 Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 units)

Explores the social and behavioral factors of diverse groups that can affect the health status and choices of communities.

COH-705 Research and Biostatistics in Healthcare (2 units)

Healthcare research encompasses a wide range of research disciplines including basic and applied research.   This course introduces participants to the research process with emphasis on different types of research methods and designs frequently used to study health and health care delivery. 

Summer Trimester

COH-703 Community Health Program Planning and Implementation (2 units)

Introduction to the concepts and processes used in evidence-based community oral health program development.

COH-704 Environmental Health Sciences (3 units)

Environmental factors affecting community health and evidence-based approaches to control or reduce the risks of these health problems.

Coming soon!

Limited Status Enrollment

The Limited Status Enrollment program is intended for individuals who wish to take a limited number of courses at USC without enrolling in a full program. Limited Status Students still have access to all the same resources that traditional, full-time students have; they’re able to interact with the cohort and join a collaborative learning experience. Becoming a Limited Status Student is the perfect way to see if a complete Master or Certificate program is a good fit!

Instructions to Register as a Limited Status Student:

  1. Contact us at ostrowon@usc.edu. We will provide further instructions on registering.
  2. Complete the Limited Status Registration Form.
  3. Submit the form and $100 processing fee to the Registrar One Stop Center in person or by mail.

If you are unable to submit the form in person, you may designate a representative to act on your behalf. Please contact ostrowon@usc.edu for specifics on the documentation needed to designate a representative.

If you wish to mail in your form, please include a copy of your driver’s license or passport. If you wish to mail your payment, please consider using certified mail.

Registrar One Stop Center
700 Childs Way, JHH 106
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0912
Phone: (213) 740-8500

Setting Up Your Account and Paying Fees:

Once we process your request, we will email you confirmation of your registration. To pay your tuition bill and to activate other student services, please view the post-registration instructions.

  • Financial Aid is not available for limited status students.

Where can your degree take you?

Community Oral Health MASTER Program Breakdown:

If you are interested in improving access to oral health care with a community-based approach,
consider applying to the Online Masters Degree in Community Oral Health. This program is a unique and
innovative opportunity for clinicians, educators and administrators who want to learn more on a wide variety of
issues while focusing on the unique needs of community health programs.

  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International clinicians, educators and administrators
Required Work ExperienceBA/BS
Rolling AdmissionFall
Estimated Program Length**24 months**
Courses16 courses
Units26
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Capstone ProjectIncludes a practicum where the student develops a project within a community or organization. The program includes two elective tracks to respond to specific student’s interest:
Vulnerable populations and community health care and
Project Administration
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$1928 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually

Curriculum

The Community Oral Health Master’s Program  is a 24 month program. Courses outlined by trimester are completed throughout the 24 month period.

Online Courses

Fall Trimester

COH-701 Community Health Sciences (2 units)

Examines common theoretical and conceptual models, health education methodologies and emerging technology to provide health services in community settings.

COH-706 Foundations and Strategies in Health Education (2 units)

Examines the impact of education in community health, identifying strategies to engage and empower the members of the community to achieve health and wellness.

COH-707 Epidemiology (2 units)

Explores the fundamental understanding of epidemiology that concerns various domains and disciplines, and apply the epidemiologic principles in community health projects.

COH-708 Community Health Science Administration, assessment and evaluation (2 units)

Fosters the opportunity to develop foundational knowledge to be administrative and executive leaders in the healthcare industry and assist with the skills to identify and assess the key problems and available resources that affect community health.

COH-709 Community Health Program Execution and Communication (1 unit)

Develops the communication skills as an administrator including social marketing techniques for health promotion.

COH-710 Health Assessment (1 unit)

Focusses on the importance of health assessment in order to understand the needs and priorities of a community.  The concepts of vulnerability and inequality are addressed, identifying strategies to achieve appropriate health care and healthy communities.

COH-711 Practicum 1 (1 units)

The practicum provides the opportunity to apply the acquired competencies to real world settings, and to provide to the community with tools to improve health promotion and disease prevention.  The practicum incorporates a service learning approach involving a partnership between the student, community organization, and designated faculty or research team members. The first course emphasize in the establishment of an alliance, needs identification and educational proposal.

Spring Trimester

COH-593a Capstone Project (2 units)

Instructs ways to successfully conduct a systematic review by covering the 5 steps: Formulating the research question, searching the literature, assessing the quality, summarizing the evidence and interpreting the findings.

COH-702 Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 units)

Explores the social and behavioral factors of diverse groups that can affect the health status and choices of communities.

COH-705 Research and Biostatistics in Healthcare (2 units)

Healthcare research encompasses a wide range of research disciplines including basic and applied research.   This course introduces participants to the research process with emphasis on different types of research methods and designs frequently used to study health and health care delivery.  

COH-712 Practicum 2 (0.5 units)

The practicum provides the opportunity to apply the acquired competencies to real world settings, and to provide to the community with tools to improve health promotion and disease prevention.  This course incorporates a service learning approach involving a partnership between the student, community organization, and designated faculty or research team members. During the course, the student participate in a multidisciplinary team, executing an educational program, and collects data regarding the community health.

COH-713 Health Education and Promotion (1 unit)

Develops an action plan for health education and promotion including the planning, designing and evaluation of the instruction and materials.

COH-714 Community Health Funding and Support (1 unit)

Presents the approaches to the generation and allocation of financial support for community health policies, programs and systems.

Summer Trimester

COH-593b Capstone Project (2 unit)

The student will conduct a systematic review as the research capstone experience of the program.  Students will work in teams ranging from 2 to 4 students, and will present and defend their capstone projects in front of a panel of faculty. The final report needs to be of a quality that it could be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

COH-703 Community Health Program Planning and Implementation (2 units)

Introduction to the concepts and processes used in evidence-based community oral health program development.

COH-704 Environmental Health Sciences (3 units)

Environmental factors affecting community health and evidence-based approaches to control or reduce the risks of these health problems.

COH-715 Community Health Practice Standards (1 unit)

Examines the scopes and standards of practice, regulations, policies and ethical principles that affect healthcare providers, payers and other stakeholders in community healthcare settings.

COH-716 Healthcare communication technology (1 unit)

Reviews systems and applications of the emerging technology of Telehealth for patient and professional health-related education and applications for patient access to care.

COH-717 Practicum 3 (0.5 units)

The practicum provides the opportunity to apply the acquired competencies to real world settings, and to provide to the community with tools to improve health promotion and disease prevention. The course incorporates a service learning approach involving a partnership between the student, community organization, and designated faculty or research team members.  During the final course, the student participate in a multidisciplinary team, collects data regarding the community health and builds a plan for sustainability and maintenance.

Community Oral Health CERTIFICATE Program Breakdown:

If you are interested in improving access to oral health care with a community-based approach, consider applying to the Online Certificate in Community Oral Health. This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for clinicians, educators and administrators who want to learn more on a wide variety of issues while focusing on the unique needs of community health programs.

  • We are accredited by WASC and UCAR
  • We are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
  • We do not provide a stipend and this is not a clinical training program
For further questions, please contact our Admissions team.
Student TypeUS/International clinicians, educators and administrators
Required Work ExperienceBA/BS
Rolling AdmissionFall
Estimated Program Length**12 months
Courses6 courses
Units13
Delivery Format(90%) online learning and (10%) educational activities
Typical Week2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
Employment ImpactAbility to continue working full time with classes
On-Ground Bootcamp (summer only)Yes (1 week)
Program Typepart time
Estimated Tuition*$1928 unit
**Following the approved program of study. Actual completion time may vary depending on the length of time required to complete your courses.
*adjusted annually

Curriculum

The Community Oral Health Certificate Program  is a 12 month program. Courses outlined by trimester are completed throughout the 12 month period.

Online Courses

Fall Trimester

COH-701 Community Health Sciences (2 units)

Examines common theoretical and conceptual models, health education methodologies and emerging technology to provide health services in community settings.

COH-706 Foundations and Strategies in Health Education (2 units)

Examines the impact of education in community health, identifying strategies to engage and empower the members of the community to achieve health and wellness.

Spring Trimester

COH-702 Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 units)

Explores the social and behavioral factors of diverse groups that can affect the health status and choices of communities.

COH-705 Research and Biostatistics in Healthcare (2 units)

Healthcare research encompasses a wide range of research disciplines including basic and applied research.   This course introduces participants to the research process with emphasis on different types of research methods and designs frequently used to study health and health care delivery. 

Summer Trimester

COH-703 Community Health Program Planning and Implementation (2 units)

Introduction to the concepts and processes used in evidence-based community oral health program development.

COH-704 Environmental Health Sciences (3 units)

Environmental factors affecting community health and evidence-based approaches to control or reduce the risks of these health problems.

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Limited Status Enrollment

The Limited Status Enrollment program is intended for individuals who wish to take a limited number of courses at USC without enrolling in a full program. Limited Status Students still have access to all the same resources that traditional, full-time students have; they’re able to interact with the cohort and join a collaborative learning experience. Becoming a Limited Status Student is the perfect way to see if a complete Master or Certificate program is a good fit!

Instructions to Register as a Limited Status Student:

  1. Contact us at ostrowon@usc.edu. We will provide further instructions on registering.
  2. Complete the Limited Status Registration Form.
  3. Submit the form and $100 processing fee to the Registrar One Stop Center in person or by mail.

If you are unable to submit the form in person, you may designate a representative to act on your behalf. Please contact ostrowon@usc.edu for specifics on the documentation needed to designate a representative.

If you wish to mail in your form, please include a copy of your driver’s license or passport. If you wish to mail your payment, please consider using certified mail.

Registrar One Stop Center
700 Childs Way, JHH 106
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0912
Phone: (213) 740-8500

Setting Up Your Account and Paying Fees:

Once we process your request, we will email you confirmation of your registration. To pay your tuition bill and to activate other student services, please view the post-registration instructions.

  • Financial Aid is not available for limited status students.

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