Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology

The Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology is dedicated to training public health dentists to lead interdisciplinary teams in conducting investigations on the risk factors for oral disease and their relation to systemic disease; use research methods to study the health outcomes of dental services; and 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 T. H. Chan 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 T. H. Chan 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 Public Health.  Scholarship funds are available for students in the Advanced Graduate Education Program in Dental Public Health. Please visit the Scholarships page for details.

The department also offers an exciting series of Continuing Education courses focused on leadership with CE credit through the American Dental Association's Continuing Education Recognition Program. For three years in a row, our Clinical Leadership course (previously Oral Healthcare System of the Future) has attracted 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 HSDM's Continuing Education page for more details.