Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology

The Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology is dedicated to training public health dentists to (a) lead interdisciplinary teams in conducting investigations on the risk factors for oral disease and their relation to systemic disease, (b) use research methods to study the health outcomes of dental services, and (c) become leaders in national and international oral health.

The department provides integrated training in the following focus areas:

• Dental public health

• Oral health and systemic health promotion and disease prevention

• Biostatistics and research methods

• The epidemiology of oral and systemic disease in collaboration with the
   Harvard School of Public Health

• Leadership

The department trains masters and doctoral students in interdisciplinary research and grants certificates in the specialties of dental public health and geriatric dentistry. Our graduates routinely attain positions as funded researchers and leaders in dentistry, industry, education, and research institutions.

The Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology enjoys strong collaborative relationships with the Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and with many institutions and agencies that offer a wide variety of training sites, including Cambridge Health Alliance, Channing Laboratory, The Forsyth Institute, Harvard-affiliated hospitals, various dental insurance plans, and the Massachusetts Department of Health.  Scholarship funds are available for students in the Advanced Graduate Education Program in Dental Public Health. Please visit the Scholarship page for details.

Additionally, the department also offers Continuing Education courses with credit through the American Dental Association's Continuing Education Recognition Program. This includes the annual Clinical Leadership CE course, which attracts dental leaders from around the world to participate in defining the meaning and purpose of leadership, understanding effective leadership and practice management, and becoming familiar with new trends and technologies in clinical and academic dental settings. Please see the Continuing Education section (at the right sidebar) for more details, or view the Clinical Leadership CE website.