About the Program
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) sponsors a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time Fellowship Program in Dental Public Health.
Dental Public Health (DPH) is a specialty whose professionals focus on oral health issues in communities and populations. This level of emphasis is unlike other specialties in dentistry where the focus is primarily on individual patients. Important areas of DPH include oral health surveillance, community-based disease prevention and health promotion, and population-based dental research. Dental public health has been an American Dental Association (ADA) recognized dental specialty since 1950. While emphasizing research training and oral disease prevention and health promotion, the NIDCR Fellowship in DPH 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. With the guidance of fellowship mentors and faculty, fellows develop an individualized initial training plan, which describes activities to be undertaken during the fellowship 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 fellow'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.
The content of the curriculum and the fellow’s training plan are designed to ensure that each fellow achieves a good foundational level of competency in dental public health. The educational structure of the fellowship program is based on a number of learning experiences: (1) site visits to public health organizations at the state, federal, and international levels; (2) field experience for applied public health experience; (3) seminars and lectures providing instruction in the core disciplines of public health (epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, behavioral health science, and health management and policy) with an oral health focus; (4) critical thinking and scholarship. The program provides expert guidance in the origination and conduct of a major research project, which all DPH fellows must complete. The NIDCR has offered a training program in DPH since 1980.
Program graduates receive a certificate of completion and are qualified educationally to apply for examination by the American Board of Dental Public Health (ABDPH) for specialty certification. The ABDPH has been designated as the national examining and certifying agency for the ADA recognized specialty of DPH since 1951.
Faculty and Resources
The Director of the Fellowship 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, public health analysts, 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 fellows, 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. Fellows are eligible to attend seminars, guest lectures, and short courses offered at the NIH.
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 fellowship 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. Examples of an equivalent public health degree could be a MHS, DrPH, or PhD in Epidemiology. 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 fellowship 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.
A limited number of stipends are available to support trainees who meet eligibility criteria who are selected as full-time (12-month) DPH fellows. Stipends are NOT available for fellows selected as part-time (24-month) DPH fellows. Applicants for either the full-time or part-time DPH fellowship will not be charged an application fee. There are no registration fees or tuition for individuals selected into either the full-time or part-time DPH fellowship. 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
Application cycle for either the full-time DPH fellowship or the part-time DPH fellowship is between July 15 and October 31. The tentative start date for both full-time and part-time DPH fellows is the first Monday in July. Applicants will be notified within 4 weeks after the submission deadline if they are selected for an interview.
The 2018-19 DPH Fellowship Application will be posted on July 15, 2017.
All applicants are REQUIRED to state in the application form if they are applying for a full-time or part-time fellowship position.
The Fellowship application must include:
- The completed application form
- The 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 from institutions where English is not the official language of instruction must be accompanied by certified translations.
- A 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 agencies (please refer to question 32 in the FAQ for more information).
- Three letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation must be sent directly from persons who have agreed to serve as references).
Information for submission of application materials will be posted on July 15, 2017.
NIDCR Dental Public Health Fellowship Program
Bruce Dye, DDS, MPH
Director, NIDCR Dental Public Health Fellowship Program
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Building 31, Room 5B55
31 Center Drive, MSC 2190
Bethesda, MD 20892-2190