Dr. Rubin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Public Health (DPH) at the School of Dental Medicine (SDM), with a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Public Health. He is also in a core faculty position with the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
After graduation from the University of the Pacific dental school (San Francisco) in1977, he had a successful career as a general dentist in Northern California and Clovis, Ca. Upon moving to the Pittsburgh area with his family in 1991, he earned a MPH degree from the Graduate School of Public Health and then entered a Public Health Residency program in the DPH at the University of Pittsburgh. He afterwards worked as the community coordinator for a Fellowship program within the Department of General Academic Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital (Pittsburgh) and later joined the faculty at the SDM in 2000.
In 2001, at the SDM, he designed and initiated the ongoing non-clinical phase of the Student Community Outreach Program and Education (SCOPE I) and expanded the student clinical component of community service (SCOPE II). This overall program involves dental students’ (year’s I-IV) community activities and service, both non-dental and clinical participation, in underserved communities throughout western Pennsylvania. While providing needed dental services to these populations, the main goals of the SCOPE program are to help: 1) develop the students’ cultural competence and communication skills, 2) create more empathic, personally-committed dentists, and 3) create a social norm of community-mindedness among dentists. Dr. Rubin’s research activities explore the development of these attitudes and beliefs among dental students and the relationship of SCOPE activities in this process. He is also interested in evaluating and implementing new approaches in teaching and learning. This includes techniques based upon active adult-learning modules, “learning communities,” debates, and discussion boards. In 2007, He received an Innovation in Education grant from the Provost’s office, where, as part of the grant, he helped introduce WIKI programming to the University BlackBoard system, which is now used regularly at our campus. As coordinator for the dual-degree program (DMD/MPH), in affiliation with the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), he is involved in the public health career development of selected dental students. As a core faculty member of LEND Pittsburgh, he is involved in “special needs” training programs for a multidisciplinary group of post-graduate health care workers, including dental students.