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Dental Public Health

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

In 1951, the American Dental Association recognized dental public health as a specialty of dentistry. The residency is accredited and prepares residents for specialty examination by the American Board of Dental Public Health and careers in public health. Dentists with Master in Public Health (MPH) or equivalent degree can enroll in a 12-month full-time or equivalent, not exceeding 24 months, supervised program of field experiences, academic courses, and opportunities for practical experience. Completion of this program does not qualify trainees to become licensed to practice in California.

A specialist in dental public health will have an understanding of and be able to apply concepts involved in the planning, implementation, operation, and evaluation of dental public health programs, and will also have an understanding of the processes through which health policies are developed and regulated. To manage oral health programs and assume a leadership role in public health, a specialist must possess technical skills in a number of areas, including planning, marketing, communications, human resources, management, financial management, advocacy building, management of information, and evaluation, quality assurance, and risk management.

Residents may also gain public health research experience and participate in the multi-disciplinary activities of the NIDCR-funded UCSF Center to Address Disparities In Children’s Oral Health (nicknamed the CAN DO Center).

The activities of the residency are uniquely adapted to the prior experience and interest of the resident. The educational plan is reviewed on a regular basis and modified as needed. Residents are expected to complete a major and minor research project prior to completing the program. A non-traditional residency track can be tailored for individual needs. Limited support is available for US Citizens and permanent residents.

The program is under the supervision of Dr. Howard Pollick. Faculty Members: Dr. Steven J. Silverstein, Dr. George Taylor, Dr. Irene Hilton, and Dr. Reginald Louie, all board certified in dental public health.

For additional information on the goals and content of the program, please contact:

Dr. Howard Pollick, BDS, MPH
Program Director
Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences
Box 0758
San Francisco, CA 94143
415-476-9872
e-mail: howard.pollick@ucsf.edu

For questions regarding admissions and application procedure, please contact:

Daliah Williams
Admissions Coordinator
Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430
(415) 476-2737, Ext#3 (voice)
(415) 476-4226 (fax)
E-mail: daliah.williams@ucsf.edu

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • DDS or equivalent degree
  • Master degree in Public Health or equivalent
  • National Board Exam, Part I
  • Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): For those applicants whose native language is not English, or received dental training outside the United States. The institution code is 4840; the department code is 038.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The completed UCSF Application with supporting documentation must be received on or before April 1st; this information should be mailed to:

University of California, San Francisco
Dental Admissions Office
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

UCSF Application

  • Official transcript(s) sent directly from the issuing institution from all colleges and universities attended (including transcripts from foreign universities and Canadian institutions where English was not the official language of instruction)
  • Course-by-Course evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services for ALL foreign transcripts received outside of the US including Canadian schools where English was not the official language of instruction
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of DDS or equivalent degree
  • Proof of Master Degree in Public Health or equivalent
  • Three letters of recommendation (including a Dean's letter)
  • Official scores from the National Board of Dental Examiners
  • Official TOEFL (Test for English as a Foreign Language) scores for those applicants whose native language is not English and have not completed at least one year of US college/university level studies. 

Postgraduate Application Fee Form with non-refundable $60 fee ($80 for international students, including Canadian citizens) to:

UCSF Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 742908
Los Angeles, CA 90074-2908

Do not send any transcripts, letters of recommendation, other documents or correspondence to this address.

PLEASE NOTE: Only those applicants who meet all admissions qualifications and submit all required documentation within the deadline, including the UCSF application with fee, will be considered for a position.

TUITION AND FEES

For the latest information regarding tuition and fees, please check the Office of Admissions and Registrar website.

USEFUL WEBSITES

American Association of Public Health Dentistry
American Board of Dental Public Health