University Senate                                           

Proposed: October 22, 2010
Adopted: October 22, 2010 by voice vote with no dissent



WHEREAS,    the College of Dental Medicine recommends that the University establish a program leading to a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Dental Public Health, and

WHEREAS,    dental public health is one of nine recognized specialties of U.S. dentistry and the only specialty not currently taught at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, and

WHEREAS,    only about 1,000 or the nation’s nearly 170,000 dentists are trained in dental public health, and there is a need for many more, and

WHEREAS,    students and dental residents as well as overseas candidates have expressed interest in such a program, and

WHEREAS,    few such programs exist in the Northeast United States and there are no other such programs in the tristate area, and

WHEREAS,    the proposed program does not replace any existing Columbia programs,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate establish the program leading to the Certificate in Advanced Studies in Dental Public Health.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Education Committee shall review the program in five years.


Committee on Education


Dental Public Health (DPH) is one of nine recognized specialties of U.S. dentistry and the only specialty not currently taught at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Dental public health is the science and art of preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts. The long-term aim of the proposed DPH training program is to reduce the impact of oral diseases nationally and globally by transforming dentists into academic, clinical, program, and policy leaders who excel in i) dental health education of the public, ii) clinical and community dental research, iii) program design and administration, iv) public health innovation and, v) prevention, surveillance and control of oral diseases on a population basis.

Enrolled residents focus on the integration of evidence-based clinical dentistry with population sciences and public health. Through academic coursework, community participation and research practice, the program’s educational objective is to develop the following competencies: plan oral health programs for populations; implement, manage and develop resources for such programs; select interventions and strategies for the prevention and control of oral diseases and promotion of oral health; incorporate ethical standards; evaluate and monitor dental care delivery systems; design and understand the use of surveillance systems; communicate and collaborate with groups and individuals on oral health issues; advocate for, implement and evaluate public health policy legislation and regulations to protect and promote the public’s oral health; critique and synthesize scientific literature; and design and conduct clinical and population-based studies to answer oral and public health questions.