Department of Public Health Sciences

The Department of Public Health Sciences at the College of Dentistry focuses on the science and art of preventing and controlling dental diseases and promoting oral health through organized community efforts.

Departmental faculty provide instruction in the prevention of oral disease, risk assessment and risk-based treatment planning, community-based clinical training, behavioral science, dental public health, and geriatric dentistry to dental and dental hygiene students, as well as graduate students.

Community-based clinical training is provided in three extramural clinic settings. Department faculty contribute significantly to the teaching component of various high school and college enrichment programs at the college. The department offers an American Dental Association Council on Dental Accreditation accredited residency program in dental public health. The department is responsible for coordination of community outreach activities.

Departmental faculty conduct extramurally-funded research programs in cariology, oral cancer education, tobacco cessation, the epidemiology of oral diseases, and health policy/health services research.

The department houses the Office of Social Services, which coordinates subsidized care for patients funded by extramural sources such as Ryan White grant program, the Texas Rehabilitation Council, and others.

DPHS 5000 Dental Public Health Practicum

Credits 0 to 9. 0 to 9 Other Hours.

DPHS 5000. Dental Public Health Practicum. Design and conduct population-based studies to answer oral and public health questions; critique and synthesize scientific literature; select, plan, conduct and write a report on two research projects with dental public health related topics required for ABDPH certification. May be taken three times for credit.

Bitouni, Anneta, Clinical Assistant Professor
Public Health Sciences
MS, Baylor College of Dentistry, 2006

Crane, Stephen, Clinical Associate Professor
Public Health Sciences
DDS, Baylor College of Dentistry, 1973

Nourel-Din, Amal, Clinical Assistant Professor
Public Health Sciences
DDS, Cairo University, 1993

Rankin, Kathleen, Professor
Public Health Sciences
DDS, Baylor College of Dentistry, 1977