Part 1: Written Exam covers basic dental epidemiological principles and Dental Public Health issues in Canada. All questions are short-answer and candidates are expected to be concise in their responses. The ten domains and their sub-domains listed below in the ‘Topics for Review’ section will be examined.
Part 2 (Computer-based Data Analysis)
Part 2: Computer Analysis consists of a computer-based analysis of dental epidemiologic data that are provided in a format similar to what would be collected using World Health Organization Oral Health Surveys, Basic Methods. A data set will be provided with a series of questions to test the candidate's data analysis skills. The data for analysis may be provided in Excel format, however the candidates may use SPSS or Excel to answer questions. Candidates will be provided with a copy of SPSS at the Examination. It is the responsibility of the candidate to convert the data into the preferred format. Candidates must submit their solution and the syntax used.
Candidates must pass Parts 1 and 2 of Component I in order to proceed to Component II.
Topics for Review
Critical Appraisal and Evidence-based Practice.
Oral Epidemiology: Measurement and Methods.
Oral Disease in the Community.
Community Oral Health Interventions.
Health Status Monitoring.
Dental Public Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
Oral Health Promotion.
Health Program Management and Financing of Dental Programs/Care.
Ethics and Jurisprudence.
Current Issues in Dental Public Health.
Candidate Study Guide
The intent of this guide is to provide the candidate with an understanding of the format in which questions may be asked during Component I of the National Dental Specialty Examination. The content used in these sample questions is used for illustrative purposes only, and should not be construed as an example of the level of difficulty of the examination questions.