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Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene

Sponsored by Health Resources and Service Administrator (HRSA), US Department of Health and Human Services
Project Period: June 1, 2011 – June 30, 2016


The goal of the program is to provide additional training to dental students. The predoctoral training consists of two components: (1) a combined Doctor of Dental Medicine/Master’s in Public Health (DMD/MPH) degree program through which dental students can earn an MPH degree in addition to the DMD, and (2) the Family First program, where second year dental students will learn to assess risk for certain oral diseases in underserved populations, supplemented by small group seminars on population health, cultural competency, health literacy, risk assessment, and oral-systemic health links.

Project Team

Sena Narendran, PhD - Department of Community Dentistry

Sharon Freudenberger, DDS - Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Richard Jurevic, PhD – Department of Biological Sciences

Leena Palomo, DDS - Department of Periodontics

Lynda Montgomery, MD, MEd Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine


Dr. Sena Narendran

Dr. Sena Narendran, PhD 
Principal Investigator