CDC Dental Public Health Lecture Series

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This lecture series is designed to help dental public health residents gain a better understanding of the 10 dental public health competencies [PDF – 119 KB] outlined in the American Board of Dental Public Health.

These webinars are for current dental public health residents, prospective residents, and anyone interested in the field of dental public health. The lectures feature experts in dental public health to provide a deeper dive into their experiences, each competency, and current topics in the field.

Next Webinar

Date: May 24, 2023

Speaker: James C. Taylor, OMM, BSc, DMD, MA

Introduction to the Series

This video provides an introduction to CDC’s Lecture Series, its purpose, and an overview of dental public health.

Previous Webinars

February 9, 2023

Five Important Themes Influencing Advances and Challenges in Oral Health Across the Lifespan

Dr. Bruce Dye identifies the key factors affecting oral health across the lifespan, the generational challenges that will need to be overcome for all Americans to benefit from better oral health and the most important intervention that will benefit the majority of Americans.

September 28, 2022

Medicaid 101 – How Medicaid Programs Have Evolved to Advance Oral Health Equity

Mary E. Foley describes the US Public Health System, its programs and administration; explains the evolution of the Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP programs and discusses State Medicaid administration across the US in 2022.

May 25, 2022

Race, Racism, and Oral Health in America

Dr. Raul Garcia explains the development and use of race/ethnicity categories in analysis of population data in the US, describes ways to measure the impact of racism on health and well-being and highlights the role of racism on the persistence of oral health inequities in the US.

February 16, 2022

Confronting Inequity Through Global Health Policies

Dr. Lois K. Cohen describes the recent landscape of global health and the significance of global oral health, the role of current global public health policy developments relevant to oral health and the need to stimulate targeted research and advocacy to advance oral health globally, nationally and locally.

November 3, 2021

Diabetes and Oral Health: Diverse Research Perspectives

Dr. George Taylor describes the study designs appropriate for addressing diverse research questions regarding diabetes and oral health relationships and describes the state of evidence for associations between diabetes and oral health.

August 18, 2021

Fundamentals of FDA Regulation of Oral Health Products

Dr. Frederick N. Hyman (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) explains the steps of bringing a new drug into the marketplace, identifies key differences between the regulation of dental drugs and dental devices, and describes the process and importance of postmarketing surveillance of drugs and devices.

May 12, 2021

Natalia Chalmers' DPHR Lecture Title Slide

Note: This webinar was not recorded.

Opioid and Antibiotic Pediatric Prescribing Trends and

Medication Xerogenic Potential and Polypharmacy: Implications for Clinical Practice and Oral Health Outcomes

Dr. Natalia Chalmers (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) spoke on prescribing trends in pediatric dentistry and also on medication xerogenic potential.

February 24, 2021

Trends in Oral Health Status

Dr. Mei Lin (CDC Division of Oral Health) presents results from the 2019 Oral Health Surveillance Report. Findings are described across life stages (children, working age and older adults) and public health implications are discussed.

September 30, 2020

Basics of Economic Evaluation and Applications in Oral Health

Dr. Susan Griffin, (CDC Division of Oral Health) and Dr. Thomas Gift, (CDC Division of STD Prevention) provide a primer on economic evaluation and considerations for the application of these techniques to oral health. Topics covered include Cost Analysis, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA), Cost-benefit Analysis (CBA), and economic evaluations of policy.

June 10, 2020

Navigating the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Oral Health Indicators

Dr. Richard Manski (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) explores the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). MEPS is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States. Dr. Manski demonstrates how researchers can access and download MEPS data for analysis and also where to get supplementary material like codebooks and statistical analysis code.

March 4, 2020

The Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health

RADM Tim Ricks (United States Public Health Service) discusses the first report from the surgeon general on oral health. The lecturer describes the threats and opportunities provided by the interaction of changes in the demographics of the US, the dental workforce, and nation’s oral health.