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Fellowship Program
  • Program Length: 1 Year
  • Tuition: $20,640 per year
  • Degree/Certificate: Certificate of Completion - Unaccredited
  • Application Deadline: November 1

Program Information

The Department of Community Dentistry offers a 12-month training program in dental public health. The program is sponsored by the Department of Community Dentistry and directed by a faculty member in the department who is a Diplomate of the American Board for Dental Public Health with the assistance of a cadre of competent faculty members. The program will commence on July 1. The fellowship program will be tailored to suit each individual's credentials and career aspirations. The program is not eligible for financial aid. For additional information about the program, please contact

Program Objectives

The components of the fellowship program include: 1) didactic instruction in dental public health including research methods, 2) opportunities to observe oral health promotion activities, and 3) visits to public health agencies.

Admission Procedure

Candidates must have a dental degree from an institution accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation or an equivalent degree; international dental graduates are also eligible to apply. An applicant with a DMD/DDS degree or its equivalent is eligible to apply. An application must be received with a $125.00 non-refundable application fee. Application deadlines are: November 1 for the program starting on July 1st. All applications should include official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and dental schools attended and three professional references, including contact information. Official transcripts should include GPA and class rank.

Applicants selected for the program will register as full-time fellows. The current tuition for the Fellowship Program is $20,640 per year of registration, which may change in the future.

Overview of the Program

The selected candidate will participate in didactic coursework tailored to his/her career objectives that will encompass research methods, scientific communication, preventive dentistry, health promotion, public health administration, and oral health care systems. Each candidate will have the opportunity to observe the department's experiential learning programs: the Healthy Smiles Sealant Program in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Family First program. Each candidate will attend bi-weekly meetings with the program director and/or program faculty members. A formal quarterly evaluation by department faculty members will be an inherent part of the program. Once a candidate completes the program satisfactorily, the fellow will be awarded a certificate of completion: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dental Public Health.

Following is the list of the primary faculty members of the program and their respective expertise:

Catherine Demko, PhD Epidemiology
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

There is no financial aid given to students enrolled in the Dental Public Health Fellowship Program. A letter of "proof of support" must be submitted when a student is accepted into a program. Applicants must establish that they have adequate financial resources to complete the program without any interruption. All on-campus work-study employment for international students must be approved by the program director and the University Office of International Students.

For additional information about the program, please e-mail or call (216) 368-1311.

General Application Guidelines

  • Admission requires the DMD/DDS or equivalent degree from an accredited institution.
  • Passing grades in the National Dental Board Examination(s) preferred.
  • Only those application packets that are complete and received by the deadline will be forwarded to the program director for consideration.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are submitted promptly and that the file is complete.
  • Apply early!

All applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $125.00 payable to "CWRU School of Dental Medicine"
  3. Official undergraduate transcripts
  4. Official dental school transcripts
  5. Current Curriculum Vitae
  6. An official NBDE score report
  7. Three Evaluation Forms from previous instructors or public health professionals; a Dean's letter may be counted as one of the three
  8. Photograph (optional)
  9. International students must also submit a letter of financial support

Additional Requirements:

Applicants who have graduated from a non-English speaking dental school and for whom English is not their first language must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). We do accept a score reported from IELTS in lieu of a TOEFL score. In order to be admitted, the applicant must score above one of the following minimum scores:

  • TOEFL Paper-Based Test: 550
  • TOEFL Computer-Based Test: 213
  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test: 90
  • IELTS Test: 6.5

The TOEFL identification number for Case Western Reserve University is: 1105

The Department code for the School of Dental Medicine is: 38

Notice to Unsuccessful Applicants: Applications to the dental public health residency programs are kept on file for two years. In order to re-activate an application, an applicant must send an email request to the office of Graduate Studies ( and forward an application fee of $125.00.

All materials should be sent to:

Office of Graduate Studies
Case School of Dental Medicine
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-4905 USA

Phone: 216.368.1168

Early applications are recommended. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.