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Patrick D. Smith, DMD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Pediatric Dentistry



UIC College of Dentistry 801 S. Paulina (MC 621), IL 60612


Housed in the Division of Public Health Sciences, my role is to support the public health dentistry curriculum through a number of academic activities such as lecturing, research, mentorship, and community engagement. He also helps to facilitate student learning through extramural clinical experiences with an emphasis on access to care and the social determinants of health.

Scholarly interests

  • Oral health workforce and infrastructure building
  • Oral health literacy
  • Community engagement

Selected Publications

Smith PD, Thullen M, Evans C, Koerber A, Weatherspoon D. Benefits and Challenges of Partner Site Engagement with Community-Based Dental Education Programs: The Partner Sites’ Perspectives. J Dent Educ. 2019 Apr 8. doi: 10.21815/JDE.019.102. [Epub ahead of print]

Smith PD, Mays K. Dental Students’ Non-Clinical Learning during Community-Based Experiences: A Survey of U.S. Dental Schools. J Dent Educ. 2019 Jul 8. pii: JDE.019.130. doi: 10.21815/JDE.019.130.

Smith, P. “The Oral Health Status of Black Men in the United States: A Need for Upstream Research and Multilevel Intervention.” In Oral Health in America: Removing the Stain of Disparity, Henrie Treadwell and Caswell Evans. 81-90. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association, 2019.


  • University of Illinois at Chicago, MPH (Health Policy and Administration)
  • Harvard School of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medicine Center, GPR Certificate
  • Morehouse College, B.S. Biology