Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science Academic Department uri icon

The mission of the Community Dentistry and Behavioral Sciences department is to eliminate disparities in health status & access to health care services, promote optimal oral health, and prevent disease through research, teaching, and service.

  • Through research, they strive to integrate behavioral, social, economic, and cultural factors into interdisciplinary multi-level studies of health.
  • Through teaching, their goal is to expand students' understanding of the impact of behavioral, social, economic, and cultural factors on the occurrence of disease across the lifespan with emphasis on oral disease and delivery and utilization of health services.
  • Through service, they seek to increase the knowledge of colleagues within the University, the broader healthcare and research communities, and the public about current health-related issues affecting the overall well-being of all citizens ultimately to improve treatment, enhance access, and influence healthcare policy.

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