Dental Public Health Research Fellowship

Dental Public Health Research Fellowship - NIDCR
As resident fellows in NIDCR’s dental public health program, Dr. Marushka Silveira and Dr. Sayo Adunola gained field experience, conducted research projects, and learned about the core disciplines of public health.

About the Program

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) sponsors a three-year fellowship program in Dental Public Health Research. This fellowship includes a 12-month full-time residency in Dental Public Health (DPH) followed by a 24-month full-time postdoctoral fellowship with a strong focus on oral health research.

A stipend is available to support Dental Public Health Research fellows during the three-year program. This training opportunity requires a full-time commitment, and those selected cannot be enrolled in other training programs.

Individuals successfully completing the 12-month DPH residency component will 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.

Equal consideration is given to all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or age. The program’s Statement of Vision, Mission, Goal, and Objectives can be found here.


The content of the curriculum and the fellow’s training plan are designed to ensure that fellows receive the foundational knowledge and experiences necessary for core competencies in dental public health.

The educational structure of the fellowship program is based on:

  • Site visits to public health organizations at the state, federal, and international levels;
  • Field experience for applied public health practice;
  • 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;
  • Critical thinking and scholarship.

In addition, fellows will receive expert guidance in the origination and conduct of oral health research.

Dr. Rena D'Souza
Dr. Rena D'Souza


While emphasizing research training during the three-year fellowship, the program provides experiences in other areas of dental public health, i.e., public health administration and management, the organization and financing of dental care programs, oral health promotion, and the development of resources.

The training program 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 during the first year 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be graduates of a school of dentistry accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the United States (CODA) or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).

In addition, all applicants 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.

In general, an equivalent graduate public health degree should include instruction in 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, for example, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Applicants who are graduates of a school of dentistry outside the U.S. must be deemed to have an equivalent education as determined by the fellowship director. If the applicant’s public health training was completed outside of the U.S., it must be deemed equivalent to a standard CEPH-accredited MPH. Advanced graduate degrees in public health obtained outside of the U.S. may be acceptable on a case-by-case basis. In general, the same content areas described above apply to public health graduates from outside the U.S.

Meet the Program Leaders

Renée W. Joskow, DDS, MPH, FAGD

Renée Joskow, DDS, MPH, FAGD is the Senior Advisor to the NIDCR Director and serves as the Director of NIDCR’s Dental Public Health and Research Fellowship Program. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and has received numerous awards and honors including the Hershel S. Horowitz Oral Health Research and Policy Award, the John P. Rossetti Dental Mentor of the Year Award, and the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal.


Timothy Iafolla, DMD, MPH

Timothy Iafolla, DMD, MPH is a Supervisory Science Policy Analyst and Chief of the Program Analysis and Reporting Branch of NIDCR’s Office of Science Policy and Analysis, which oversees the Dental Public Health Research Fellowship Program. He previously worked for eight years as a dentist in private practice and later as a Public Health Dentist in the North Carolina Division of Dental Health.


Hosam Alraqiq BDS, MSD, MA, EdD, CHES

Hosam Alraqiq BDS, MSD, MA, EdD, CHES is a Health Science Analyst at the NIDCR Office of Science Policy and Analysis. He previously worked at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine where he acted as Project Leader on HRSA-sponsored programs, including those that enhance HIV training and service, as well as postdoctoral and predoctoral training in dental public health, population oral health, health communication, community engagement, and inter-professional practice.

How To Apply

Applications are being accepted until November 17, 2021. The tentative start date for individuals selected is July 5, 2022. Applicants will be notified within 4 weeks after the submission deadline if they are selected for an interview.

All applicants are REQUIRED to email a completed application package that includes:

  • The completed application form (PDF - 1.2 MB).
  • 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.
  • Three letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation must be sent directly from persons who have agreed to serve as references).

Please follow-up with Ms. Huang if an email receipt of confirmation has not been received within 2 weeks of sending any application materials. Please email the above mentioned materials to Ms. Huang by Nov 17, 2021:

Yu-Ling Huang


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Last Reviewed
November 2021