CDC Dental Public Health Residency Program
CDC’s Division of Oral Health (DOH) is considering applicants for the 2013–2014 academic year for the Dental Public Health Residency Program. The deadline for applicant submission is February 15, 2013.
The aim of the CDC Dental Public Health Residency Program is to produce skilled specialists in dental public health who can work collaboratively with their public health and dental colleagues in an array of health settings to achieve improved oral health for populations. Such positions could be located within health agencies, voluntary organizations, research settings, health care delivery, or financing systems. The program culminates in a certificate of completion that meets educational requirements established by the American Board of Dental Public Health for specialty certification.
Program Location and Duration
This formal training program for dentists is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The program usually starts in July of each year and extends over 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time).
Each year, up to two qualified dentists are admitted into the residency program. Applicants must have completed a dental degree (DDS or DMD) from a U.S. dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation or a Canadian school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Applicants who are graduates of a school of dentistry outside the U.S. or Canada must be deemed to have equivalent education. For more details, please see the International Dentists section below.
In addition, the applicant must have completed at least one academic year of advanced training in public health and obtained a graduate degree, a Master of Public Health (MPH) or comparable degree, from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Courses for the MPH or comparable degree would include biostatistics, epidemiology, health care policy and management, environmental health, and behavioral sciences. If the applicant’s public health training was completed in an institution outside the U.S., satisfactory completion of two or more years (full-time equivalent) of advanced education in an area related to the practice of dental public health is required. The same content areas described above apply to course work completed by public health graduates from outside the U.S.
Dentists who have completed their dental training outside the U.S. or Canada can apply for the CDC Dental Public Health Residency Program. However, their education and degrees must be evaluated by a credentialing organization to determine equivalency to the DDS or DMD degree awarded by a U.S. dental school.
The information for three credentialing organizations is provided below. When you send your documents to one of these agencies, ask for a course-by-course evaluation.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score
TOEFL scores are required for applicants who received both their dental and public health degrees from institutions with a language of instruction other than English. The Computer Based Test (CBT), Internet Based Test (iBT), or the Paper Based Test (PBT) will be accepted. The following are the minimum required scores based on test type:
CBT – minimum total score of 213
iBT – minimum total score of 80
PBT – minimum total score of 550
The Residency Training Plan
Instruction within the program follows an individualized training plan focused on competency objectives developed by the American Board of Dental Public Health. These competencies are tested through the formal examination for certification in the specialty of dental public health and address the practitioner’s ability to—
Each resident develops a training plan based on prior education and experience. The plan addresses competencies to be developed or refined during the training program, activities designed to achieve these improved skills, and methods or criteria for evaluating progress. Both a supervised field experience and an applied research project must be included in the plan. While the plan accommodates individual differences and considers current issues, it emphasizes applying fundamental public health principles to prevent dental disease and promote oral health.
No tuition or fees are required. Stipends for residents are provided through CDC’s Regular Fellowship Program. This program is designed to encourage training for research and advancing science related to health. In 2012, program stipends ranged up to $64,000, depending on the resident’s prior professional experience.
Although residents in CDC’s Regular Fellowship Program are not federal employees, they can access a wide array of training resources and experiences. Interested employees of other federal agencies, including commissioned officers in the United States Public Health Service, can discuss their circumstances with the Residency Director.
The Dental Public Health Residency Program is sponsored by the Division of Oral Health that is a part of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP). The NCCDPHP offers an abundance of learning opportunities and has programs addressing the prevention and control of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and tobacco use, as well as programs focused on reproductive health, school health, aging, obesity prevention, and nutrition and physical activity.
Dr. Barbara Gooch, a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health, directs the CDC’s Dental Public Health Residency Program. In addition, CDC employs professionals who can contribute their expertise during the residency (e.g., dentists, statisticians, economists, epidemiologists, social and behavioral scientists, physicians, and specialists in health communication and evaluation). Residents also have access to resources of CDC including excellent library facilities, computer services, training courses, and frequent seminars and guest lectures on public health topics.
The applicant should make sure the following materials are submitted to the Residency Director by the deadline of February 15, 2013:
In addition to the documents described above, International graduates should submit the following materials:
Selection is on the basis of academic achievement, prior experience, and congruence between CDC’s Residency Program and the applicant’s stated goals. Applicants are considered equally, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or age.
Mail your completed application to the Residency Director.
Residency Director Contact Information
Barbara F. Gooch, DMD, MPH
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