My name is Martina and I am a practicing RDH currently working toward my bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. I am interested in education as I love learning and the dental hygiene profession, and I want to inspire others through my passion. However, I am curious about other avenues such as research, as I think new advancements and a deeper understanding of oral health can promote new ideas and opportunity. Would a masters education be needed to fulfill these avenues? Any insight and information would be greatly appreciated. I can be reached at the email I provided below and I look forward to your response. Thank you.
First, good for you for obtaining your bachelor’s degree! It sounds like you are interested in academia and related research. In my opinion, you do need at least a master’s degree in education. Or if you are thinking of community-based research, you may want to consider earning a Master of Public Health. Either way, enroll in a program that requires a thesis, which will provide you with some helpful research skills. Not to overload your thoughts, but if you are interested in research, consider earning a PhD. Good luck!