Public Health and Community Service

Bringing a commitment to socially responsible education, patient care, research and the community, the Department of Public Health and Community Service fosters optimal health and quality of life through good oral health.

Reflecting Tufts University’s mission of community service and citizenship development, the department not only provides comprehensive instruction and conducts research in a wide array of public health topics, but serves as a role model for future dentists through extensive outreach programs that bring quality services and preventive education to patients in need of dental care.


Education, Advocacy and Outreach
Improves the delivery and availability of oral health care locally and around the world.

Geriatric Dentistry
Provides education on aging and related dental conditions and offers clinical services for the elderly.

Public Health Research & Analysis
Addresses the many oral health issues that jeopardize general health through research and patient care.

Special Care in Dentistry
Delivers clinical services and aggressive preventive education programs to underserved populations.

Academic Contacts

Mark E. Nehring, MEd, DMD, MPH
Delta Dental of Massachusetts Professor in Public Health and Community Service and Chair, Department of Public Health and Community Service
(617) 636-3683 |

Christine Robertson
Department Coordinator
(617) 636-3683 |

Patient Care

Advanced General Dentistry Clinic

The Advanced General Dentistry (AGD) Clinic provides complex dental treatments with expertise in meeting the needs of all patients, including those with advanced medical problems and intellectual disabilities with special needs. The AGD Clinic is staffed by post-doctoral dental residents in the General Practice Residency and Advanced Education in General Dentistry programs. More info.

Clinical Trial Participation

The division frequently recruits individuals for participation in its clinical trials. Depending on the trial, participants may receive a stipend, free dental cleanings/exams, gift certificates or other incentives. To learn about current trials, click here.

Oral Medicine Clinic

The Oral Medicine Clinic at Tufts School of Dental Medicine is dedicated to the assessment and treatment of oral conditions in medically compromised patients, including Sjӧgren’s Syndrome and dry mouth. More info.