Department of Public Health Sciences

The Department of Public Health Sciences at the School 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, and dental public health to dental, dental hygiene, and graduate students.

Community-based clinical training is provided in extramural clinic settings. Departmental faculty contribute to the teaching component of high school and college enrichment programs offered at the School of Dentistry. The department offers an American Dental Association Council on Dental Accreditation accredited Certificate program in Dental Public Health.

Numerous community outreach activities are coordinated by Public Health Sciences.

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 the Ryan White grant program, the Texas Rehabilitation Council, and others. Social Services also coordinates all community service requirements for dental students and conducts the public health and private practice preceptorship programs.

 
 

Burdette, Kerin L, Clinical Assistant Professor
Public Health Sciences
DDS, University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1995

Holyfield, Lavern P, Clinical Professor
Public Health Sciences
DDS, Baylor College of Dentistry, 1977

Jones, Daniel L, Regents Professor
Public Health Sciences
DDS, Baylor College of Dentistry, 1989
PHD, Baylor University, 1978

Liescheski, Joshua S, Clinical Assistant Professor
Public Health Sciences
DDS, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2010

Noureldin, Amal Ahmed K, Clinical Associate Professor
Public Health Sciences
DDS, Cairo University, 1993

Patel, Simmi, Clinical Assistant Professor
Public Health Sciences
DDS, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2001

Timothe, Peggy, Assistant Professor
Public Health Sciences
DDS, New York University, 1994