Academic dental public health diplomates: Their distribution and recommendations concerning the pre-doctoral dental public health faculty
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Journal of Public Health Dentistry
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The purpose of this study was to assess the representation of academically based diplomates of the American Board of Dental Public Health (ABDPH) and to identify their perceptions on the training of dental public health predoctoral faculty.
Data were collected by a mailed, self-administered, 13-item questionnaire. The population was the 48 diplomates of the ABDPH as of March 1997 associated with academic institutions.
Twenty of the 55 US dental schools had a diplomate of the ABDPH with a mean of 1.8 diplomates per school with a diplomate. An average of 4.5 full-time faculty members per school were associated with teaching dental public health. A master's degree in public health (MPH) was the most frequently suggested educational requirement for dental public health faculty. Continuing education courses were training needs perceived for dental public health faculty. The lack of time, money, and incentives, along with perceived rigidity of requirements for board certification, were reported as major barriers for faculty becoming dental public health board certified.
Numerous challenges confront the development of a strong dental public health presence in US dental schools. These challenges include, among others, insufficient numbers of academic dental public health specialists and insufficient motivations to encourage promising candidates to pursue specialty status.
public health dentistry, dental faculty, dental schools, public health schools, dental education
Kaste, Linda M.; Sadler, Zara E.; Hayes, Kathy L.; Narendran, Sena; Niessen, Linda C.; and Weintraub, Jane A., "Academic dental public health diplomates: Their distribution and recommendations concerning the pre-doctoral dental public health faculty" (1998). Faculty Articles. 52.