The Dental Public Health Research Fellowship Program brings to life the vision of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: to transform human lives through scientific discoveries and innovations that advance dental, oral, and craniofacial (DOC) health and overall well-being for all.
The fellowship program’s mission is to accomplish transformation by offering exceptional research-focused training in DOC health research and population health.
The fellowship program’s goal is to facilitate commitment to scholarship and research, critical thinking, and life-long learning in the discipline of DOC health. We will attain our goal by implementing the following objectives:
- Customize learning experiences with trainee-created training plans that will satisfactorily address the ABDPH competencies and their own research interests;
- Prioritize equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility as we foster the next generation of DOC public health researchers;
- Prepare trainees for successful examination and certification by the American Board of Dental Public Health;
- Facilitate mastery of the methods of scientific inquiry and research from hypothesis generation to knowledge dissemination;
- Enhance engagement in research in disciplines and topics relevant to oral health;
- Offer trainees a chance to drive their own research, while providing access to exceptional NIH mentors, potential for productive collaborations, and a multitude of other available resources;
- Ground trainee experiences in the reality of working within systems of governance, including public policy and public funding of health programs and research.