Research interests in the department involve curriculum development and professional education in tobacco cessation, epidemiology of oral diseases and issues in health policy development and access to care issues.

Some of the department’s grants are briefly described below. For additional details on research happening in the department, view our faculty bio sketches

Pre-Doctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry

The purpose of this grant is to develop and implement an inter-professional education partnership with UT Southwestern Medical School, North Dallas Shared Ministries, and Texas A&M College of Dentistry’s public health sciences and pediatric departments.

Post-Doctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry

The creation of “health homes” focusing on the total needs of the patients and their families. TAMCOD used inter-professional training to integrate dentistry into the broader health care delivery system. The grant expanded clinical rotations to the dental college’s community-based training health centers. The changes affected didactic and clinical components of the curriculum by bridging the gap between medicine and dentistry.

Texas Recruits and Retains: A Dental Public Health Workforce Development Program

The purpose of this grant is to address the dental-health professional shortage areas (D-HPSA) in Texas by forming a collaborative team with:

  • The Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Texas A&M College of Dentistry (lead organization)
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Dentistry
  • The School of Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Engaging Oral Health Providers for Evidence-Based Tobacco Cessation

The oral health workforce is underutilized for cancer prevention efforts, and many dental patients in Texas are not receiving tobacco cessation screening, referrals, or treatment. In response, this grant prioritizes serving low-income, uninsured, and otherwise underserved dental patients in three Texas counties: Dallas, Denton, and Potter. Train-the-trainer workshops will be held in Collin, Wichita, and Jefferson Counties as well.