Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health


Our division provides a population and community-based approach to oral health sciences.
Our mission is to improve the health of all through oral health research, education, service, and policy development.

Our goals at UCSF are:

  • To give students a public health perspective, with an emphasis on community-based disease prevention.


This division is the home to the post-graduate programs in:

  • Dental Public Health, directed by Dr. Howard Pollick
  • Fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry, directed by Dr. Susan Hyde
  • Masters of Science degree in Dental Hygiene program, directed by Dr. Margaret Walsh


Our dental public health seminar series, offered in the fall, winter and spring quarters, is available through remote access to dental public health residency programs and interested individuals nationwide.

The NIH/NIDCR funded Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health, known as CAN DO, originated in 2001, is based in this division, and directed by Dr. Stuart Gansky. . This Center is currently focused on preventing and reducing early childhood caries.  Our faculty members also provide courses in scientific methods and community dentistry for dental students and post-graduate learners.