Master of Science
The Master of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene (MSDH) is designed to prepare graduates for leadership roles in Dental Hygiene Education and Public Health to meet their career goals. This online program will consist of 30 hours of coursework in public health and dental hygiene education. An internship and approved thesis will be the capstone of the program. The MSDH enables students advance their knowledge to address the complex oral health needs of a diverse population. Areas of study will include public health and dental hygiene education, and will include a research component. Graduates of this program will be prepared for employment opportunities in academia, dental public health and research.Forty-five hours of approved field work experience are required by either an accredited dental hygiene program or a public health agency with a dental focus. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and a letter grade of B or higher in each course to remain in the program.
January 1 - Priority Deadline
“It is exciting to be part of the inaugural Master of Science Dental Hygiene Program Class of 2021. My goal is to develop the skills to prepare for leadership roles in dental education and public health. I am currently working full time as a school dental hygienist for Pittsburgh Public Schools. Being able to take classes in an online format allows for me to balance my life and school, while advancing my education and career. As a 2005 WLU graduate, earning my Bachelor’s Degree in the Dental Hygiene Program, I am grateful to have the opportunity to come back to West Liberty University to complete my education!”
– Monica Calvert, RDH, BSDH, PHDHP, CSDH
Fall Year 1
DH 500 Orientation Course
DH 501 Org Leadership in a Healthcare Setting
EDUC 534 Contemporary Applications of Ed Tech
Spring Year 1
DH 504 Biostatic Applications
DH 505 DH Curriculum Design & Teaching Methods
Summer Year 1
DH 502 Evidence Based Research in Oral Health
DH 503 Professional Writing for Healthcare Research
Fall Year 2
DH 506 Grant Proposals in Science
DH 507 Dental Program Planning, Development, & Implementation in Public Health
Spring Year 2
DH 508 Internship in Dental Hygiene Education.
DH 509 Dental Hygiene Thesis
Total 30 Credit Hours
The institution is compliant with requirements outlined for inter-state authorization (SARA). Students who desire admission to the MSDH program will submit evidence of the following criteria:
Employment of dental hygienists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for dental services will increase as the population ages and as research continues to link oral health to overall health.