"Dental Public Health is the science and art of preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts. It is that form of dental practice which serves the community as a patient rather that the individual. It is concerned with the dental health education of the public, with applied dental research, and with the administration of group dental care programs as well as the prevention and control of dental diseases on a community basis." --American Dental Association, 1976
The Department of Community Dentistry at Case Western Reserve University offers both pre- and post-doctoral training in dental public health. The pre-doctoral training entails a combined Doctor of Dental Medicine/Master's in Public Health (DMD/MPH) degree program through which dental students could earn an MPH degree in addition to their DMD over a 5-year period. One of the five years will be designated as the MPH year, during which dental students will be predominantly working towards their MPH. Details about the MPH program can be found at mph.case.edu and dental.case.edu/mph.
Case Western Reserve University's advanced education/residency program has three different tracks: one-year full-time or two-year part-time for dentists with a master's degree in public health (MPH) and a two-year full-time program for dentists without an MPH or equivalent. Students in the two-year full-time program will primarily be working towards the accredited MPH program at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, during the first year of the residency program. During the second year, these students will be primarily engaged in the dental public health residency activities at the School of Dental Medicine and will also be completing any pending requirements of the MPH. Those successfully completing the advanced education program will be educationally qualified to take the examination of the American Board for Dental Public Health (ABDPH).
Financial support may be available to US citizens and permanent residents, depending on the availability of funds. This funding may include stipend, tuition and fees including health insurance, travel to extramural sites, and registration and travel fees to attend one national meeting/conference.
The residency program in dental public health has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "initial accreditation". The program is administered by a competent program director and a cadre of excellent faculty members. The training program will be tailored to meet each individual resident's career goals and it will include didactic instruction, acquisition of skills in research, program planning, program evaluation, public health administration and community-oriented primary care. The primary training site will be the School of Dental Medicine at CWRU, with extramural sites in other parts of Ohio. The didactic instruction for the residency program will encompass competencies of the American Board for Dental Public Health. Training will also include concepts such as population health, cultural competency and health literacy. The field experience sites have been carefully chosen to increase residents' cultural sensitivity and understanding, particularly about two underrepresented minority groups: African-Americans and Hispanics. Trainees will have numerous opportunities to work with the underserved populations such as the indigent, homeless and minorities.
The city of Cleveland is a vibrant location for health care, primarily provided through the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. The Department of Community Dentistry's faculty members have expertise in dental public health, epidemiology, health services research, and behavioral sciences. The department is a pioneer in dental practice-based research networks and residents will have access to the network's rich database. Other areas of research in the department include disparities in oral health, a clinical trial of xylitol gummy bears, access to care, and survey research. Residents will have access to numerous learning opportunities that are available at CWRU, the premier research institution in Northeast Ohio. The department boasts an excellent service learning program for first year dental students, the Healthy Smiles Sealant Program, and the residents will have a unique opportunity to contribute to the experiential learning of dental students that is also referred to as A Cornerstone Experience (ACE). First-year dental students place pit-and-fissure sealants on the teeth of needy children in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The department has another ACE, the Family First which is for the second year dental students. The proposed residency program has excellent collaborations with the component schools/ departments/centers at Case Western Reserve University: School of Medicine, Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, the newly funded Prevention Research Center, etc.
As mentioned previously, the program is administered by competent faculty assisted by excellent adjunct faculty members and eminent consultants. Following is the list of the primary faculty members and their respective expertise, who are affiliated with the advanced education program in dental public health at Case Western Reserve University:
|Catherine Demko, PhD||Epidemiology|
|Scott Frank, MD, MS (MPH Program Director)||Public Health|
|James Houston, DDS||General Dentist|
|James Lalumandier, DDS, MPH (Diplomate, ABDPH)||Dental Public Health|
|Suchitra Nelson, PhD||Epidemiology|
|Sena Narendran, BDS, DDPH RCS, MSc (Residency Director & Diplomate, ABDPH)||Dental Public Health & Epidemiology|
|Kristin Victoroff, DDS, PhD||Behavioral Sciences|
|Kristin Williams, DDS, MPH||Dental Public Health|