How to Apply to the Dental Public Health Residency (DPHR) Program

The application period for the Dental Public Health Residency is now closed. Please monitor this page for future information regarding the next academic year.

Complete and compile all required application materials
Applicants must submit the following materials as one complete package in a zip file:
  • Requirements Checklist and Application form
  • Resume
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from both dental school and graduate education in public health (even if you are currently enrolled)
  • Transcripts must state your degree of study, courses taken, grades earned, and graduation date
  • Include a Certified Translation if language is not English
  • Do not send high school transcripts or copies of National Board Examination scores
    If you are accepted into the program, CDC must receive your official transcripts by January 31 of the residency year, or your acceptance will be withdrawn.

Additional Items Required if Degree(s) Obtained Outside the United States (US):

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores**Only required if both degrees obtained outside of the US. Skip this if you have a dental or public health degree from a US institution.
  • TOEFL scores are required for applicants who received both their dental and public health degrees from institutions outside the US.
  • You can include a copy of unofficial TOEFL scores in your application, but if accepted into the program, you will need to provide official TOEFL scores within the last two years.
  • 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 250.
    • iBT: minimum total score of 100.
    • PBT: minimum total score of 600.
  • Course-by-Course Evaluation report**Required for applicants who have obtained both or a single degree outside of the US/Canada.
  • Applicants who have obtained a degree outside of the United States or Canada must also include a course-by-course evaluation report from a US Credentialing Agency (examples listed below). When you send your documents to one of these agencies, ask for a course-by-course evaluation.

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 202-293-9161
Web site:

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Telephone: 414-289-3400
Web site:

World Education Services (WES)
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Telephone: 212-966-6311
Web site:

Package your application materials into a single zip file
Save all the completed application materials in one Zip file named

“[First Name_Last Name] [Application Year]”

Refer to the Zip File Instructions for step-by-step instructions on how to save your materials as a Zip File.

Email your complete zip file
Attach the completed zip file to an email and send it to with the following information:
  • Zip file Name: “[First Name_Last Name] [Application Year]”
  • Email Subject Line: “[First Name_Last Name] [Application Year]”

You will receive a confirmation email when your materials have been received.

For academic year 2023–2024, all components of the application, including the three letters of recommendation, must be submitted by email no later than September 30, 2022 to be eligible for consideration.

Residency Director Contact Information

Gina Thornton-Evans, DDS, MPH

Director, Dental Public Health Residency Program


Selection is based on academic achievement, prior experience, and alignment of CDC’s Residency Program with your stated goals. Applicants are considered equally, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or age. As outlined by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), all accepted residents must meet the eligibility criteria.