Dental Public Health

Dental public health is the specialty of dentistry that promotes oral health as well as the prevention and control of dental diseases. The American Association of Public Health Dentistry identifies several ways that public health dentists can promote oral health, such as assessing the oral health needs of the community, developing and implementing oral health policy and providing programs and services that address oral health issues. The department coordinates the Student Community Outreach Program and Education (SCOPE) program and offers a dual degree option and Certificate in Dental Public Health in conjunction with the School of Graduate Public Health. Read more >

Dental Public Health Faculty

Academic Dentistry and Clinical Teaching Opportunities

The Clinical Teaching Practicum 1 & 2 selective courses provide students with the opportunity to learn about adult education, and to develop and practice teaching skills in pre-clinical and clinical settings. The Practicum in Clinical Teaching informs students about academic career options and prepares them for possible future roles as dental faculty members by training them in teaching. The Practicum also benefits future dentists, who will likely be involved in training more junior dentists and staff members in their practices as well as educating patients.  Read more >

Academic Programs

The department offers a Joint Degree (DMD/MPH) and Certificate in Dental Public Health in conjunction with the School of Graduate Public Health.




SCOPE I Is a community-based, pre-clinical rotation that provides dental students with a valuable service learning experience.  The program, for first or second year dental students, facilitates student participation in a non-dental community-based service program.  Scope II, is a community-based clinical dental program for fourth year dental students.  Students participate for a minimum of two weeks in the provision of clinical dental services in one of our affiliated community health center dental clinics.  Read more >

Center of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE)

The National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded the University of Pittsburgh a federal contract to develop interactive, virtual cases ranging from opioid misuse to widespread pain and fibromyalgia. The expertise of faculty from the Pitt Schools of Health Sciences includes dental medicine, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, palliative care, rheumatology, neurology, pain medicine, anesthesiology, psychiatry, pediatrics, education, instructional design and technology, chiropractic, nursing and pharmacy. Read more >