Preventive & Community Dentistry Fact Sheet

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Pre-Doctoral Education - responsible for 22 pre-doctoral courses including cariology, prevention, communication, nutrition, ethics, community dentistry, and administration of extramural experiences.

  • Courses in each year of pre-doctoral curriculum
    • Clinical courses include:
      • Preventive clinic (D1-2)
      • Required extramural programs (D4), including:
        • Geriatric and Special Needs Dentistry Clinic
        • Geriatric and Special Needs Dentistry Mobile Unit - Using portable dental equipment, provide comprehensive dental care for residents of 10 nursing homes in a four-county area. ADA Geriatric Oral Health Care Award (1998)
        • Two sites per student, each 5 weeks in length - Includes
          • Iowa community health centers
          • VA medical center
          • children's hospital
          • private preceptorships
          • a several out-of-state locations (e.g., Indian Health Service, Colorado Migrant Program)

Graduate and Postdoctoral Education

  • Responsible for 15 graduate courses
  • 2-year Dental Public Health graduate program
    Commission on Dental Accreditation accredited since 1975
    Offers Master of Science degree (thesis required)
  • Geriatric Dentistry Fellowship (1-year Certificate Program)

Main Areas of Research

  • Fluoride exposure, genetics and dental caries/dental fluorosis
  • Fluoride ingestion and childhood bone development
  • Diet and oral health
  • Early childhood caries epidemiology and prevention
  • Oral health services research (cost, access to care, quality of care, and outcomes)
  • Oral health in geriatric populations

Department Faculty

  • 7 Professors (including 3 with Endowed Professorships and 7 with American Board Specialty certification)
  • 3 Associate Professors
  • 5 Assistant Professors
  • 150 Adjunct Faculty, primarily at extramural clinical sites
  • 7 Administrative and research support staff
  • 2 Dental Hygienists
  • 5 Dental Assistants