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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 111-114

Perception of dental students toward public health dentistry as a career option: A cross-sectional study

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vyas Dental College and Hospital, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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Dr. Neha Shaktawat
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vyas Dental College and Hospital, Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INJO.INJO_28_21

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Introduction: It is alarming as to how students have qualms in opting for Public Health Dentistry as their first choice for their postgraduation course, even though it lays the foundation for the awareness and prevention about the social aspects of the profession. The aim of the present study was to determine the career motivations and perceptions of dental students toward Public Health Dentistry as a career option among final-year dental students and interns of dental colleges of Rajasthan. Materials and Methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted among five randomly selected private dental colleges in Rajasthan. A close-ended, multiple-choice, structured questionnaire was distributed through email to selected study samples during the months of February and March 2020. The data thus collected were statistically analyzed. The statistical analysis used in this study was descriptive and inferential. The inferential analysis used in this study was a chi-square test to find out the association of age and gender with knowledge, attitude, and practice questions and results were obtained. Results: A total of 390 students responded to the questionnaire. Among them 70.3% were females and 29.7% were males. Only 36% of students agreed to choosing Public Health Dentistry as a career option. Conclusion: Students’ perception revealed that they were not very aware of the future prospects of the subject they had chosen. Further efforts should be made by the dental council and the dental colleges to develop this specialty, keeping in mind the increasing attitudes and interests of dental undergraduates toward it.

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