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Residency in Dental Public Health

About the Program

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) sponsors a 12-month full-time or 12-month equivalent part-time Residency Program in Dental Public Health. 

The Residency Program provides a formal training opportunity for dentists planning careers in dental public health, with an emphasis on oral and craniofacial, health-related epidemiologic research. The Residency Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Program graduates receive a certificate of completion and are qualified educationally to apply for examination by the American Board of Dental Public Health for specialty certification. While emphasizing research training and oral disease prevention and health promotion, the residency also provides experience in other areas of dental public health, i.e., public health administration and management, the organization and financing of dental care programs, and the development of resources. Residents develop an individualized initial training plan, which describes activities to be undertaken during the residency and conduct at least one research project under the guidance of NIDCR staff and other qualified mentors. The training program in research will be tailored to meet the particular interests and previous experience of each individual selected. However, a typical resident's effort will require that time be spent in each of the following areas: Research Methods in Dental Public Health; Health Policy, Program Management, and Administration; Oral Disease Prevention and Oral Health Promotion; and Oral Health Services and Delivery Systems.

Faculty and Resources

The Director of the Residency Program is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. Training faculty are from the staff of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and elsewhere, and include epidemiologists, clinical investigators, and statisticians. In addition, qualified scientists in practically every area of biomedical, behavioral, and health services research are available for consultation. The entire resources of the NIDCR are available to residents, as are other supporting facilities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These include a large scientific computer network, excellent medical libraries, and other research and educational services. Residents are eligible to attend seminars, guest lectures, and short courses offered at the NIH. 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must be graduates of a school of dentistry accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.  Applicants who are graduates of a school of dentistry outside the U.S. must be deemed to have equivalent education as determined by the residency director.   In addition, the applicant must have completed at least one academic year of advanced training and obtained a graduate degree in public health (MPH or equivalent) in an area related to the practice of public health.  The advanced graduate public health program must include biostatistics, epidemiology, health care policy and management, environmental health and behavioral sciences from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  If the applicant’s public health training was completed in an institution outside of the U.S. or Canada that is deemed equivalent by the residency director, two or more years (full-time equivalent) of advanced education in public health leading to a graduate degree are required.  The same content areas described above apply to public health graduates from outside the U.S. 

Financial Considerations

A limited number of stipends are available to support trainees who meet eligibility criteria. There are no tuition or application fees.   Equal consideration is given to all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or age. 

Application Form and Deadline

Applications for the 2015-2016 residency year are now being accepted.

To apply, please fill out the application below and return it with the required supporting documents by January 16, 2015 to the address indicated.

Residency-Program-App-Form-20152016.docResidency-Program-App-Form-20152016.doc [DOC - 106KB]


Applicants must submit the following to:

Ms. Suzanne L. New
Residency Program in Dental Public Health
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
31 Center Drive, 31/2C39
MSC 2290
Bethesda, MD 20892-2290
E-mail: suzanne.new@nih.gov
Telephone: 301-435-1755

  • Completed application form
  • Applicant’s current CV
  • Official transcripts from both dental school and graduate education in public health. The transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar’s office of the issuing institutions. Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations.
  • Course-by-course evaluation report by a credentialing organization for transcripts issued by educational institutions outside the U.S. or Canada. These reports should be sent directly from credentialing organizations (please refer to question 31 in FAQ for more information).
  • Three letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation must be sent directly from persons who have agreed to serve as references).

Additional Information

NIDCR Dental Public Health Residency Program

Isabel Garcia, DDS, MPH
DPH Residency Director &
Deputy Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Building 31, Room 2C39
31 Center Drive, MSC 2290
Bethesda, MD 20892-2290
Email: garciai@mail.nih.gov


Margo R. Adesanya, DDS, MPH
Acting Director, Office of Science Policy and Analysis
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Building 31, Room 5B55
31 Center Drive, MSC 2190
Bethesda, MD 20892-2190
Telephone: 301.594.7553
E-mail:  Margo.Adesanya@nih.gov

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This page last updated: December 10, 2014