The Department of Public Health Dentistry aims to develop proficiency in community diagnosis, assessment of oral health needs, developing and planning strategies to meet those needs and to manage and deliver oral health services at the doorstep of the rural and the underprivileged sections of the community.

The Department of Public Health Dentistry is the buffer between the community and the institution and has a state-of-the-art air-conditioned mobile dental clinic.

Key features

  • Largest number of community development programs in the district that cater to the community by providing free dental treatment
  • Dedicated health education centre for oral health promotion
  • Top academic positions in India for the past four years
  • Dental Museum meant for dental health awareness and education of the general public
  • Core academic programs including basic teaching with innovations such as role play, health talks and problem-based learning.

Core competencies

  • Public health
  • Epidemiology
  • Research methodology
  • Preventive dentistry
  • Oral health promotion.


  • Government of Karnataka in Ullal, Ladyhill, Moodbidri, Koila and Kuppepadavu
  • Abhaya Ashraya, Asaigoli not only for the treatment of geriatric population but also for the residents of Asaigoli.




Access to hospital facilities gives student hands-on training in dental procedures


Libraries have publications on the latest developments in oral healthcare


Laboratories give students the opportunity for practical experience

Research & Publications

The crucial research areas are public health, dental public health, cariology, health behavior, sense of coherence, oral health in pregnancy and dental care utilisation and manpower.