J Korean Acad Oral Health.  2019 Jun;43(2):83-91. 10.11149/jkaoh.2019.43.2.83.

A study on the Korean dental education system

  • 1Department of Dentistry (BS-DDS Combined Course), Seoul National University School of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea. bhang813@empal.com
  • 2Department of Prosthodontics, Seoul National University School of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea.


This study aimed to propose criteria for evaluating the validity of dental education systems in Korea and suggest future directions for their improvement.
We looked into dental educational institutions and derived criteria for analysis and comparison of dental education systems in Korea. Using analytical methods, we compared the strengths and weaknesses of each education system, and suggested core areas of improvement.
Considering the demands placed on the Korean dental education sector, it is desirable to have an integrated education system that includes the preliminary and main courses, comprehensive training linking the basic medicine and clinical practice, and complete career guidance.
A good dental education system is one that meets the educational goals set by a dental school. If the goal is to train a student to be a good dental practitioner, a 2+4 or 4+4 system is recommended, while a 3+4 model is more suitable when the objective is to train students to be researchers.


Continuing education; Dental education; Graduate school system; Integrated education system; Master's integrated curriculum; Six-year school system
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