Master of Science Program in Dental Hygiene
The mission of the Master of Science degree program in Dental Hygiene at the University of Maryland, Baltimore is to prepare the dental hygienist to assume advanced leadership roles in a diversity of health care settings, in academia, and in private industry. Through a variety of individualized educational and field experiences combined with a substantive core curriculum, adult learning skills are fostered. The program promotes the development of critical thinking professionals who are competent to pursue careers in dental hygiene education, research, public health, administration and management, in both the private and public sectors.
Master of Science degree students are invited to join a process of learning for understanding and competence. You will be encouraged to be actively involved in learning that prepares you for independent, critical thinking and professional leadership. Whether you are pursuing an advanced degree by taking courses full- or part-time, or actively involved in research, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are expected to meet the highest standards of achievement. WELCOME!
Our program offers a combined emphasis on scholarship and professional preparation and exhibits the necessary compatibility and tension between theory and practice. Students will meet faculty in the Division who similarly combine research and involvement with the practical realities of professional practice and teaching. Student independence and initiative are highly valued in the Division. This is especially true in student-advisor relations and the student's transition from taking courses to conducting research. Students are encouraged to make active use of the resources available through their faculty advisor. Identifying and defining research problems, designing and conducting research, and analyzing data require higher levels of knowledge/ability and confidence than are entailed in completing courses. The faculty stands ready to offer advice on how these changes in orientation can be negotiated in your quest for your Master's degree. Students in our program are carefully selected. They come from varied backgrounds, reflecting the Division’s intention to attract as students outstanding men and women without regard to race, ethnicity, social class, or nationality. Our students are experienced, busy professionals with clear goals and expectations. This website offers the initial information and counsel you will need to pursue graduate study in the Division successfully.
Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS
Acting Graduate Program Director
Graduate students attend the 2nd North American/Global
Dental Hygiene Research Conference in Bethesda 10/20-10/22.