Dental Public Health Residency

The mission of public health is "to fulfill society's interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy", as defined by the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Future of Public Health. Practitioners of public health are concerned with primary and secondary determinants of disease, dysfunction and premature death, and the planning and organization of health services including health education and regulation. According to the Institute of Medicine Report, state government bears the primary responsibility to see that the mission of public health is adequately addressed. The New York State Department of Health, through its association with the University at Albany School of Public Health, is in a unique position to provide a link between theory and practice of public health.

The New York State Department of Health provides a unique experience for dentists interested in pursuing a career in dental public health. The Health Department sponsors a 12-month full time or 24-month part time dental public health residency program. Residents will have access to the vast resources at the Health Department as well as access to graduate programs of the School of Public Health. Graduates of the program are awarded a certificate of completion that meets educational requirements established by the American Board of Dental Public Health for specialty certification.

About the Dental Public Health Residency Program

The goal of the program is to provide training and experience to one qualified dentist a year in dental public health administration and research.

Objectives

  • Provide residents with the opportunity to plan, develop and complete a program which satisfies the criteria established by the American Board of Dental Public Health.
  • Expose residents to experiences that allow the application of the theory and principles of public health practice to actual situations which develop in a community.
  • Ensure that residents acquire experience with a variety of programs and methods utilized in dental public health.
  • Upon completion of the program, residents should be able to demonstrate competency in the skills and knowledge that are essential for a dentist who practices public health as his/her specialty.

Contact Information

Individuals interested in the Dental Public Health Residency Program should contact Dr. Kim directly.

Esther E. Kim, DMD, MPH
Director

New York State Dental Public Health Residency Program
New York State Department of Health
ESP Corning Tower, Room 957
Albany, NY 12237-0619

(518) 474-1961
Esther.Kim@health.ny.gov