The mission of the Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health supports the mission of The University of Texas School of Dentistry (UTSD), and includes:
- The education of students to become competent healthcare professionals.
- The scholarship of discovery, integration, translation and application of advances in social, biomedical and clinical sciences.
- The delivery of best practices in patient care, and provision of community services.
- Programs targeted for growth include behavioral science curriculum, public health dentistry curriculum, and cariology/preventive dentistry curriculum.
- Faculty needs in these areas include recruitment, when possible, of faculty members with: significant experience in general practice; with DDS and MS, PhD, or equivalent experience in behavioral sciences; DDS and DrPH or equivalent; and DDS and MS in Operative Dentistry or Restorative Dentistry or Cariology.
- Regarding student assessment, the department will implement improvements in the clinical competency assessment, including further implementation of a student “portfolio” of patient care and treatment outcomes.
- The department will continue its participation in research and grants related to postdoctoral training and faculty development, dental public health, diagnostics, CAD/CAM dentistry and other topics in behavioral sciences, general practice, dental public health, and prevention.
In Practice / Service
- The department will continue its active participation in the UTSD faculty practice, as well as its extremely active role in service to UTSD and UTHealth committees, and in community service.
- Newly recruited full-time faculty members will participate in the faculty practice, both to promote faculty development and to promote revenues beneficial to the department and UTSD.
- With other UTHealth and Texas Medical Center schools in development of geriatric educational programs and geriatric patient care access and treatment.
- Meeting the oral health needs of the community while educating students and residents, through community service-learning in select community practice settings.