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Program Overview

Dental Public Health Program Overview

All graduates of dental school are eligible for the residency in Dental Public Health (foreign graduates of dental schools should contact Dr. Sangeeta Gajendran at the University of Rochester at 1-585-273-4763; Graduates of CODA accredited Dental Schools should contact  Victor Badner at 718-918-3418) The Jacobi Medical Center is the site of the program in NYC sponsored by the University of Rochester. 

The program follows the competency outline of the American Board of Dental Public Health. The competency for Dental Public Health can be found on the American Association of Public Health Dentistry website. 

They can also be found in the JPHD supplement Volume 76, Issue S1 Fall 2016 Pages S18-S28. The supplementoutlines the requirements of Dental Public Health and the effectiveness of Dental Public Health specialists. Ten areas of competencies with sub-headings are found in this document including: 


I. Manage oral health programs for population health
II. Demonstrate ethical decision-making in the practice of dental public health
III. Evaluate systems of care that impact oral health
IV. Design surveillance systems to measure oral health status and its determinants
V. Communicate on oral and public health issues
VI. Lead collaborations on oral and public health issues
VII. Advocate for public health policy, legislation, and regulations to protect and promote the public's oral health, and overall health
VIII. Critically appraise evidence to address oral health issues for individuals and populations
IX. Conduct research to address oral and public health problems
X. Integrate the social determinants of health into dental public health practice


The residency training is designed to offer participants opportunities to improve their skills in these competency areas. This is accomplished primarily through independent research projects and interactive seminars. At the beginning, during and at completion of the residency training, assessments are conducted to determine progress made by the resident in each of the competency areas.

The Dental Public Health residency may be completed in one-year full-time study and research or in a part-time effort over a period of two years. The entire residency can be off-site from Jacobi Medical Center with telephone, video teleconference online seminars, face-to-face meetings, national meetings etc. used to provide direct interaction. The program completion requires a research proposal conducted from initiation to completion in a Dental Public Health area of interest. The projects are selected in collaboration with the Dental Public Health Residency faculty. The training program in research is tailored to meet the particular interests and experiences of each participant and the resident's didactic training is developed using the competencies to inform and create an individualized educational training plan.

There is also an opportunity to work with the New York State Department of Health which provides an experience for residents to learn government policy and bureaucracy and to understand the day-to-day operations of a Department of Public Health. Site visits to the NYS-DOH (Albany, New York) are made on a periodic basis, according to the interests and needs of each student.