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Learn and serve with our unique community focus

Addressing oral health disparities, and providing a broad range of service-learning opportunities.

Service-Learning Curriculum

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Our service-learning curriculum offers a progressive, hands-on approach. Students provide care to underserved urban, rural, and special needs populations through serving up to 16 weeks in community-based settings.

Give Back through Community-Based Learning

We are preparing an oral health care workforce that is competent and committed to addressing the oral health needs of vulnerable and underserved populations, including eliminating health disparities

I love the access to a rich diversity of patients and types of need. Getting involved in serving our community has been so rewarding.

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Students provide much needed care through serving up to 16 weeks in community health centers around Chicago and other locations in the US and internationally.

Community-Based Research

Leading transformative studies to improve oral health outcomes both in the clinic and the community to address health disparities.

Learn more about Community Based Research

It’s very rewarding to know that you’ve had a real impact on people’s lives who need this care the most.

Contact Us

Division of Prevention & Public Health Sciences (MC 621)
UIC College of Dentistry
801 South Paulina Street, Room 102GD
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Scott L. Tomar, DMD, DrPH

Professor and Associate Dean
Prevention and Public Health Sciences
(312) 413-7365
Fax: (312) 413-9050

Patrick D. Smith, DMD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences
(312) 996-3465

Khatija Noorallah, MPH, MEd

Clinical Community Academic Manager
​Clinical Instructor
(312) 355-4549
Fax: (312) 413-9050

Janelle Wade, MPH, CHES

Extramural Program Coordinator
(312) 355-4598
Fax: (312) 413-9050

Laila Iqbal, BDS, MPS

Research Associate
(312) 355-4598
Fax: (312) 413-9050