A multidisciplinary group of individuals dedicated to health promotion and disease prevention with the elimination of oral health disparities in the community. The department has received funding to support activities aimed at enhancing oral health knowledge and behaviors, oral health and overall well-being. Disciplines represented within the department include: dentistry, medical sociology, epidemiology, geriatrics, ethics/law, dental public health, practice management, prevention and early detection of oral cancer, and community outreach and service.
Arnold Rosenheck, DMD, DPL-ABOMS
Associate Professor, OMS
Joseph Holtzman, PhD
Rosa Chaviano-Moran, DMD, Director Multicultural Affairs
Jill A. York, DDS, MAS, Assistant Dean of Extramural Clinics
David Bolger, DMD; Michael Cappuccilli, DDS; Debra Goldsmith, RDH, MS; Kenson Noel, DMD
Jeanette DeCastro, PhD; Nicholas DePinto, DMD; Steven Toth, DMD
William R. Cinotti, DDS
Judith S. Cohn, MLS; Yede Dennis, DMD
Harris Colton, DDS;Gerald Convissar, DDS; Arthur Crosta, DMD; Kenneth Davis, DMD; Joseph DiStephano, DMD; Auguso Elias, DMD; Michael Fruchter, DMD; Mitchell Gardiner, DMD; George Helfrich, DMD; Camels Ip, DMD; George Jenkins, DMD; Alan Kleiman, DMD; John Little, DMD; Thomas Paglione, DMD; Allan Raden, DMD; David Romano, DMD; Sanjeev Satwah, DMD; Mangchi Yang, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professors
Brian Cardillo, DMD; Robert Fitzpatrick, MLIS; Jerome Hodlofski, DDS; Michael Kay, DDS; Robert Malecz, DMD; D. Scott Navarro, DDS; Paul Sauchelli, DMD; Gregory Shupik, DMD; Thomas Taylor, DDS
Gregory La Morte, DDS
Beverly Kupiec, PhD; Ronald Pack, DMD; Alan Vogel, DDS
Eric Hetherington, BA; James Palmisano, DDS; Herminio Perez, DMD
Focuses on improving the oral health of the community and health-related quality of life. Such efforts are supported by foundation grants, and private industry.
Activities that disseminate information on oral health prevention and health promotion as well as clinical trials assessing oral/ health status and efficacy of cutting-edge technology and oral health products. These efforts have targeted socially and economically disadvantaged populations in New Jersey. Outreach programs include a variety of community-based sites (i.e., day care centers, churches, schools, homeless shelters, nursing homes and halfway houses). In addition, the department targets disease-specific, high-risk groups.Community outreach is woven into the curriculum and outreach activities are required from every student during each academic year.
Prevention, dentistry in the community, communication in health care, epidemiology, geriatrics, practice management, and ethics. In addition to didactic material taught through lectures and small group learning, the courses include hands-on activities like working in the schools, treating patients in the dental school clinic, and interacting at a variety of active dental practices. Additionally, the department participates in oral cancer screenings, major community health fairs, and in national health and wellness projects, such as Give Kids A Smile! and Special Olympics.
Introduction to the Dental Profession. This course orients and introduces the student to the dental profession and its "culture", history, image, attitudes, ethics, professional behaviors and responsibilities, modes of thought and career tracks. The course consists of a series of lectures, small group discussions, and exercises. Panel discussions, films, cartoons, art, and case based materials are presented and discussed. This course makes heavy use of the WebCt environment for the distribution of materials, the submission of assignments, online discussions, quizzes, testing and communication among students and with the instructor. Students are required to become familiar with the use of WebCt and expected to become active participants in the course's threaded discussions and chat rooms.
Practice Management. This lecture/participation course prepares the student with information related to establish a dental practice. The student gains insight into the workings of a dental practice and learns a systematic approach to designing and organizing a dental practice. The course includes visits to private dental offices to analyze and observe a typical dental practice.
Ethics and Jurisprudence. This course applies the main sources of law that affect dentistry to real practice problems. Through a study of applicable New Jersey Statutes Annotated, New Jersey Administrative Code, ADA Code of Ethics and relevant court cases, students learn the legal basis governing a dentist's relationship with patients, allied dental health personnel, the State Board of Dentistry and the general public.
Communication in Health Care. This coursel provides students with an understanding of the etiology, manifestations of, and treatment for dental fear and anxiety. Addressing communication across varying cultural/ethnic groups, as well as managing patients with disabilities and special needs are addressed. Panel discussions with patients and clinicians are scheduled throughout the course. Issues like professional stress and burnout are also reviewed. This course provides hands-on experiences like interviewing, utilizing dental anxiety assessments, and completing a burnout inventory. Techniques to manage stress (e.g., relaxation training) and effective communication skills across patient populations are reviewed, demonstrated and practiced. The experience and the didactic material on diverse patient populations promote cultural sensitivity in patient care.
Dentistry and the Community. This course focuses on population and community characteristics that shape the need and demand for dental services. Basic terms and concepts in demography and epidemiology are reviewed. The structure of the national, state, and local populations is examined. The relationship between population composition and the need and demand for oral health care services is discussed. Special attention is focused on the oral health care needs and behaviors of minorities, women and older populations. The dentist's role in the recognition and response to substance abuse is reviewed. The use of census data and various Internet-based data sources for building community profiles is demonstrated and practiced. This course makes heavy use of WebCt for the distribution of all course materials and for communication between the instructor and students. All assignments are submitted via WebCt and all quizzes and the final examination are completed online.
Geriatrics. This third-year course focuses on the interrelationships among oral, physical, and mental health and aging of patients in independent, assisted-living and long-stay settings. Students become familiar with demographic and epidemiological trends that make care of the aged an increasingly important component of most dental practices. Key indices for measuring and describing oral health in aging are discussed and demonstrated. The interactions among the most common medical complaints, medications, and oral health are discussed. Options and alternatives for the provision of dental care of the aged in office, clinic, institutional and home setting are described and examples presented. Students visit, observe and screen patients in a nursing home setting.
Epidemiology. This first-year course focuses on the fundamentals of epidemiology and their application to understanding the distribution of oral diseases in human populations. The course makes extensive use of interactive exercises, examples, and simulations. Students will become familiar with the distribution of oral diseases, as well as oral health indices utilized in research, population and community-based research. Understanding the scientific literature is an important component of the course