CDBS Predoctoral Education

DMD students at the UF College of Dentistry can expect to take 12 Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science courses as part of the predoctoral curriculum, including service learning, professionalism and public health courses, among other experiences, rotations and courses.


  • DEN5010: Interdisciplinary Service Learning 1
  • DEN5013: Foundations of Professionalism
  • DEN5221C: Oral Health Management and Psychosocial Issues over the Lifespan
  • DEN6001: Introduction to Evidence-based Dental Practice
  • DEN6011: Interdisciplinary Service Learning 2
  • DEN6705L: Public Health Rotation
  • DEN6251: Science and Clinical Management of Dental Pain
  • DEN7012: Interdisciplinary Service Learning 3
  • DEN8019: Interdisciplinary Service Learning 4
  • DEN8708L: Community Dentistry 1
  • DEN8709L: Community Dentistry 2
  • DEN8710: Community Dentistry 3

Extramural Rotations

Statewide Network map

For the final three semesters of the UF College of Dentistry DMD program, as part of our DEN8708, DEN8709 and DEN8710 courses referenced above, each dental student is assigned to a two-week extramural rotation at a community health center in the state. The aim of senior extramural experiences is to apply the principles of community dentistry, management, interpersonal relations, communications, prevention, professionalism and decision making in the clinical care of patients at extramural sites.

This clinical course emphasizes the integration of knowledge and skills necessary to practice dentistry efficiently and effectively in a real-world setting.

Upon return from extramural experiences, UFCD has found that the clinical development of DMD students has progressed, while self-evaluation and accountability are also enhanced. 

All extramural rotation sites use calibrated UFCD courtesy faculty as mentors.


Director of Extramural Rotations

Jaana T Gold

Jaana T Gold

Associate Professor, Director Of Extramural Rotations
Phone: (352) 283-0878