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Graduate Program - MS in Dental Hygiene On-Campus

The Master of Science in Dental Hygiene On-Campus Program offers students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree while taking classes both on the University of Michigan campus and online. 

Courses are scheduled in a sequence to allow for completion of this 37 credit hour program in a 20 month period.  Full-time students will enroll in at least 9 credit hours during the fall and winter semesters over two academic years. A part-time option is also available. Transfer of credit from other graduate programs cannot be accommodated.

On-Campus Curriculum*

Year 1, Fall 

  • DHYGRACK 687: Foundations of Dental Hygiene, Education, and Health Care (3 credits, online)
  • DHYGRACK 693: Research Principles and Application (3 credits, online)
  • BIOSTATS 503 (4 credits, on-campus)

Year 1, Winter

  • DHYGRACK 689 Educational Concepts and Strategies (3 credits, online)
  • DHYGRACK 692 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits, online)
  • Elective (3 credits, on-campus)

Year 2,  Fall

  • DENTED 630 Practicum in Pre-Clinical/Clinical Teaching (3 credits, online with student teaching placement on-campus)
  • DHYGRACK 685 Foundations of Oral Health Services (3 credits, online)
    • Note: An on-campus course with a health policy focus may be substituted.
  • Elective (3 credits, on-campus)

Year 2,  Winter

  • DENTED 631 Practicum in Didactic Teaching (3 credits, online with student teaching placement on-campus)
  • DHYGRACK 694 Applied Biostatistics (3 credits, online)
  • DHYGRACK 688 Thesis (3 credits, on-campus)

*Subject to change without notice.

Program Prerequisites

  • Certification in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia is a requirement and must be completed before year 2. This can be completed prior to enrolling in the Online Program or during the course sequencing, through Continuing Dental Education or through any other accredited dental hygiene program or continuing education program.

Rackham Cognate Course Requirement

Cognate courses are those that are in a discipline or area different from a student’s field of study, but are related or connected with some aspect of this field. Cognate coursework must be approved by the graduate program, and may be satisfied by:

  • Completing 4 credit hours of cognate coursework in approved graduate-level courses with a grade of B- or better. Courses outside of DHYGRACK meet the definition of a ‘cognate course.’
  • Visit the Rackham Graduate School website for additional information.


For more information, contact:

Lisa Dodge
Phone: (734) 763-3392 (weekdays between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST)
Email: (Please specify Online MSDH in subject line)