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Michelle L. asked 9 months ago

Hello,
My name is Michelle and I am interested in furthering my career in dental hygiene. I am torn in between public health, health administration, and education. I am leaning more towards public health so I can work in a health administrative setting. I am in the process of applying to graduate programs and am torn in different directions. How would a career in public health play out after graduation in the real world? Would you suggest shadowing someone who is in that field prior to pursing it?  Thank you again.

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Christine Nathe, RDH, MS Staff answered 9 months ago

My advice, if you are interested in staying in dental care, to focus your degree on a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene.  I was thinking about a MPH or MSDH and am so glad I stayed with dental hygiene.  It is my passion and I focused my projects in graduate school on public health initiatives, so I got the best of both worlds!