Oral Health Workforce Development

Our oral health programs support the oral health needs of rural, underserved, and vulnerable populations.

Which Oral Health Workforce Development Programs Do We Fund?

Predoctoral Pediatric Training in General Dentistry and Dental Hygiene

We provide grant funding to plan, develop and operate predoctoral training programs in dentistry and dental hygiene for dental and dental hygiene students that address enhancing pediatric training to support improved access to oral health care for vulnerable, underserved, or rural communities.

Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene

We provide grant funding to plan, develop, operate, or participate in, approved predoctoral training programs in the fields of general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, public health dentistry, and dental hygiene. Grant funds are also available to provide financial assistance to dental or dental hygiene students.

Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry

We provide grant funding to plan, develop, operate, or participate in approved postdoctoral training programs in general dentistry, pediatric dentistry or public health dentistry.

Faculty Development in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene

We fund programs that help train oral health care providers who plan to teach in general, pediatric, public health dentistry, or dental hygiene. Programs provide financial assistance in the form of traineeships and fellowships to faculty who plan to teach or are teaching in general, pediatric, or public health settings. 

Dental Faculty Development and Loan Repayment Program

We assist dental training programs to help attract, develop, and retain full-time dental faculty through both faculty development and loan repayment activities designed to increase the number and quality of the oral health workforce.

Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities

We support states in developing and implementing innovative programs that address oral health workforce needs in Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (D-HPSAs).  The program has six primary focus areas:

  • Integrating oral and primary care medical delivery systems;
  • Supporting oral health providers practicing in advanced roles;
  • Tele-dentistry;
  • Community-based prevention services;
  • Establishing or expanding community-based dental facilities; and
  • Helping dentists who participate in the Medicaid program to enhance their capacity.
Date Last Reviewed:  October 2016