Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science

Our Mission

The mission of the UF College of Dentistry’s Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science is to eliminate disparities in health status, to aid with community access to health care services, promote optimal oral health, and to prevent disease through research, teaching, and service.

Community dentistry & Behavioral science

Research Centers

The UFCD Department of Community Dentistry & Behavioral Science houses two world-class research centers on the UF campus.

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Community Outreach

The Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science has been working to develop sustainable programs to monitor children’s oral health, offer preventative dental services for children at high risk for dental caries, and provide community-based service-learning experiences for dental students and residents.

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Community Based Programs

The UF College of Dentistry provides care to patients from all 67 counties in Florida through our five dental practices and other affiliated centers throughout the state.

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NCEF Pediatric Dental Center

Through our research, we strive to integrate behavioral, social, economic, and cultural factors into interdisciplinary multi-level studies of health. Experimental, epidemiologic, and clinical studies form the basis for the portfolio of current research on pain, oral cancer detection and prevention, tobacco use, access to care, as well as ethnic and gender health disparities.

Through our teaching, our goal is to expand students’ understanding of the impact of behavioral, social, economic, and cultural factors on the occurrence of disease across the lifespan with emphasis on oral disease and delivery and utilization of health services. Our instruction reflects our commitment to increase student sensitivity to the influence of culture on health and well-being. We seek to develop a generation of health care professionals that understands the community context in which it works and has the tools to incorporate a culturally-appropriate, evidence-based approach into clinical practice.

Through our service, we seek to increase the knowledge of our colleagues within the University, the broader healthcare and research communities, and the public about current health-related issues affecting the overall well-being of all citizens ultimately to improve treatment, enhance access, and influence healthcare policy.


Contact Information

Joseph L Riley

Joseph L Riley

Associate Dean For Faculty Affairs, Interim Department Chair & Professor
Phone: (352) 273-5966
Jennifer Brock Bushnell

Jennifer Brock Bushnell

Administrative Assistant
Phone: (352) 273-6800
Lisa J Jefferson

Lisa J Jefferson

Associate Director, Healthcare Administration
Phone: (352) 273-9648

Physical Address:
Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science
University of Florida
1329 SW 16th St, Room 5180
Gainesville, FL 32610-3628

Mailing Address:
Department of Community Dentistry & Behavioral Science
University of Florida
PO Box 103628
Gainesville, FL 32610-3628

Receptionist:
Phone | 352-273-5971
Fax | 352-273-5985