Mentor Advice ForumContinuing education and furthering a career in dental hygiene.
Martina asked 3 years ago

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. 

1 Answers
Alice M. Horowitz, RDH, MA, PhD Staff answered 3 years ago

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!