Dental Public Health

DPH is the art and science of improving the oral health of communities

This is a 12-month (full-time)/ 24 month (half-time) accredited program. DPH is the art and science of improving the oral health of communities. It is unique among dental specialties in that it considers the entire community as its ‘patient’. As such, the DPH specialist promotes oral health through organized community efforts, such as improving access to care for underserved population groups and developing community-based prevention programs, rather than providing treatment to patients one-at-a-time. Residents become experienced in the practice of DPH, particularly in the development, management and evaluation of dental care delivery systems. The DPH specialty credential and the practical experience gained at the health center will provide the graduate with a real-world advantage in securing employment in more complex and more highly compensated management and leadership positions, in both the public and private sectors.

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PositionsTraining SitesApplicationU.S./Canadian Grad StipendInternational Grad Stipend
10 12 Apply Now, but no later than July 31st to start October 1st. Please contact Dr. Jay Balzer at before applying

$50,000 (full-time)/ $25,000 (half-time)

$30,000 (full-time)/ $15,000 (half-time)

*Fringe benefits per year include medical, dental and malpractice insurance, prescription plan and twenty days paid vacation, nine holidays, twelve paid sick days and four continuing education days.

Program Strengths

  • CODA-approved program provides eligibility to take the specialty board exam (American Board of Dental Public Health)
  • Learn and practice DPH in a real-world environment - at an NYU Lutheran-affiliated community health center
  • Select a training site from several participating health centers across the country
  • Full time (12 month program)/ half-time (24 month program)
  • Emphasis on program development, management and evaluation
  • Majority of time devoted to implementing public health projects and research
  • Each resident is assigned an academic advisor to guide the resident’s curriculum
  • Didactic program offered via videoconference format
  • Supervised field experiences (rotations) to public health agencies and organizations
  • Program graduates develop expertise in the oral health programs of community health centers

Program Description and Goals

The program matches DPH residents to primary training sites that are located at NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine-affiliated community health centers or other sites. The availability of these training sites is subject to change each year so the candidate should contact the Program Director to confirm current availability.

NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine's DPH residency will provide an excellent opportunity for candidate residents to develop skills related to the development, management, and evaluation of oral health programs in general and more specifically as those programs impact community health centers programs.

The NYU Lutheran DPH residency will prepare the resident to successfully challenge the certifying examination of the American Board of Dental Public Health (ABDPH) and to acquire practical public health skills that will facilitate meaningful employment in the public health field after graduation.

The DPH residency emphasizes the practical aspect of dental public health. Residents will spend the majority of their time developing and implementing one or more projects that are consistent with the interests of the resident and that also provide a tangible benefit to the host health center. These projects may include the development of preventive and outreach programs to improve access, projects to improve the management practices of the dental program, need assessments and program evaluations. Residents will develop the projects in collaboration with the academic advisor and the health center staff.

Residents will also take several didactic courses that cover the full range of DPH competencies. These courses are provided via video conference, so all DPH residents can participate, regardless of their geographic location. Residents will also learn about the public health system beyond the health center by participating in Supervised Field Experiences at public health agencies and organizations.

DPH Competencies

The NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine DPH Residency prepares the resident to acquire the competencies required by the American Board of Dental Public Health (ABDPH). At the beginning of the residency, the resident and the Resident Advisor jointly assess the resident’s mastery level for each of the competencies. Based on this assessment of the resident’s strengths and weaknesses, the Resident and Resident Advisor develop an individualized Curriculum Plan that guides the resident’s program.

The DPH residency prepares the resident to acquire the following competencies:

  • Manage oral health programs for population health
  • Evaluate systems of care that impact oral health
  • Demonstrate ethical decision-making in the practice of dental public health
  • Design surveillance systems to measure oral health status and its determinants
  • Communicate on oral and public health issues
  • Lead collaborations on oral and public health issues
  • Advocate for public health policy, legislation, and regulations to protect and promote the public's oral health, and overall health
  • Critically appraise evidence to address oral and public health issues for individuals and populations
  • Conduct research to address oral and public health problems
  • Integrate the social determinants of health into dental public health practice

DPH Curriculum


The resident must implement at least one “data based” project that demonstrates the capacity to collect, manage and analyze data, and to prepare a scholarly paper that is suitable for publication. The resident may also conduct additional projects as time permits and as approved by the Resident Advisor. Projects may address a wide scope of topics, such as health center management issues to make the oral health program operate more efficiently, to develop systems to document clinic productivity, quality and patient outcomes, to develop new outreach or preventive programs, and seek grant funding for new initiatives. To the extent possible, projects should meet the needs of the host health center and be consistent with the resident’s professional interests and educational goals.

Didactic Curriculum

Residents in each of the training sites jointly participate in didactic coursework via video teleconference, using a computer and internet connection provided at the training site. Typically, course faculty will assign readings and a brief written assignment prior to each videoconference session and guide the discussion. Didactic courses are usually “seminar”, rather than “lecture” style, to permit residents to discuss complex community, social and healthcare issues. The following courses are offered:

  • Oral Health Research Methods
  • Epidemiology of Oral Diseases
  • CHC Policy and Management
  • CHC Finances
  • DPH Study Club
  • Critical Review of the Literature
  • Ethics Case Studies in Patient Care and Research
  • Grant Writing for CHC Projects
  • Oral Health Surveillance
Field Experiences

Residents will participate in several Field Experiences (similar to rotations) that provide exposure to the public health system beyond the health center to which they are assigned. Sites may include state and local health departments, primary care associations, non-profit health care and policy organizations, Medicaid agencies, and any other sites that promote the resident’s professional interests. Field experiences may be short visits to learn about a program or more comprehensive experiences that provide an opportunity to participate in projects or oral health coalitions.

Program Stipend and Benefits

NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine offers its postgraduate residents generous stipends and fringe benefits which are competitive. 


Eligibility Requirements

  • Dental degree from an American, Canadian Dental School, or International dental school
  • MPH or equivalent degree from a program or school accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  • English language proficiency

Applications Documents

  • send an email to Program Director, Dr. Jay Balzer at for further information

Real World Experience. Real World Advantage.

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