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Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

Old Dominion University's School of Dental Hygiene is committed to the preparation of dental hygienists for accountable leadership roles in today's health system. Toward this end, it offers an innovative curriculum leading to the Master of Science degree with an emphasis in dental hygiene, and specialized options in education, administration/management, research, marketing and community health. Through academic courses, independent study, research and practical experience, graduate candidates are prepared to meet the present demand for dental hygiene leaders, practitioners, educators, oral health promoters, administrators/managers and researchers.


Graduate competent and ethical dental hygienists who:

  • Make evidence-based decisions within the dental hygiene process of care and legal scope of practice and professional code of ethics.
  • Advance the five roles of the professional dental hygienist: clinician, educator/oral health promoter, researcher, advocate, manager.
  • Acquire specialization in one of the key areas of: education, community health, administration/management, research, marketing, or modeling and simulation.
  • Acquire initial competence in conducting interprofessional and multiprofessional oral health research.
  • Are lifelong learners, users of technology and discriminating consumers of information.
  • Employ leadership strategies for improving the oral health of people and advancing the dental hygiene profession worldwide.
  • Advance the knowledge, values, and influence of the profession.
  • Acquire a foundation for doctoral-level education.

Contact for Information

Gayle B. McCombs, RDH, MS
Professor, Graduate Program Director and
Director, Dental Hygiene Research Center
G. W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene
Health Sciences Bldg #3102
4608 Hampton Blvd.
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA. 23529
(757) 683-5150 Work
(757) 683-5239 FAX

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

Training in Responsible Conduct of Research at ODU

Old Dominion University has a policy of training all graduate students in the fundamentals of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This policy was adopted with the understanding that the knowledge and philosophy presented in the RCR training can enhance the professional development of all students, regardless of discipline. The following requirement is presented on page 57of the Graduate Catalog:

All graduate students must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) seven core RCR training modules. These modules address the following: Misconduct (falsification, fabrication and plagiarism); Data acquisition, management, sharing and ownership; mentor/trainee relationship; Publication practices and responsible authorship; Peer review; Conflicts of interest; and, Collaborative research. Completion of the RCR modules will be tracked through the CITI website and must be completed within twelve months after first enrolling.

Disclaimer:These Web pages provide general information as a courtesy to viewers. The catalog of the University (General Information, The Undergraduate Catalog, and The Graduate Catalog) is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements given in the catalog at any time.