Dental Public Health Post-Graduate Trainees in the US: Experiences, Challenges, and Opportunities—A Qualitative Study

Authors: Sepideah Banava, DDS, MSc, MBA, MPH | Enihomo Obadan-Udoh, DDS, MPH, Dr Med Sc | Elizabeth Mertz, PhD

Topics: Education and Training, Oral Health

Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research Center

September 25, 2021

Since the 1950’s, health organizations and policymakers have depended on dental public health (DPH) professionals to design and execute local and national oral health strategic plans, and implement community based programs to overcome barriers and disparities. In the US, DPH specialty programs are used to train DPH professionals to increase the available workforce and improve the community’s oral health through engagement in various government and private sectors.

This article explores the DPH post-graduate trainees’ challenges and opportunities during their residency program in the US.

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