My teaching philosophy in based on three central principles:
DPHS 510 is a required public health course part of the UW School of Dentistry core curriculum. It is taken by all first-year dental students in the first quarter of dental school.
DPHS 510 is a problem-based learning (PBL) course consisting of traditional lectures and small groups. The lectures introduce students to core principles in dental public health sciences and provide
an evidence-based framework for understanding and solving public health problems in dentistry. Each small group is given a video case demonstrating how oral health disparities manifest within a
vulnerable population (e.g., Medicaid-enrolled children, migrant farm worker families, seniors). Students work with faculty facilitators in small groups to study the case and to generate an evidence-based solution. At the end of the quarter, each small group presents their solution to the rest of the class. I have been Course Director for five years (2010 to 2014).
PD 667 is a mandatory part of the pediatric dentistry resident curriculum and is taken by 13 pediatric dentistry residents. PD 667 is a seminar-based course. The course
provides pediatric dentistry residents with an advocacy-focused framework for identifying and addressing public health problems in pediatric dentistry. In addition to attending weekly seminars,
residents are expected to submit a term paper that describes a specific public health problem and outlines plausible evidence-based solutions.