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Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Feb 7, 2022


Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Awards grants to support the education and training of predoctoral dental, dental hygiene, and public health dentistry trainees, with the goal of improving the oral health of vulnerable, underserved, or rural populations. Seeks to enhance dental training to increase trainees' ability to provide quality oral healthcare for populations and individuals with medically complex conditions, special and behavioral healthcare needs, including those with substance use disorder (SUD). Promotes patient-centered approaches that address the impact of social determinants of health (SDOH) on oral and systemic health.

Program objectives include:

  • Building the skills and capacity of dental students, dental hygiene students, and other approved primary care dental trainees to care for the needs of patients with complex health conditions and address their SDOH
  • Enhance the training of, or increase the number of, dentists, dental hygienists, and other oral health care students trained in predoctoral training programs located in rural or underserved areas
  • Train dental students, dental hygiene students, and other health care students to practice in new models of care emphasizing the integration of oral health and primary healthcare
  • Increase the number of primary care dentists, dental hygienists, and other oral healthcare providers who care for rural, underserved, or vulnerable populations

Applicants must propose predoctoral training programs in general, pediatric, or public health dentistry for dental and dental hygiene students that address at least 1 of the following focus areas:

  1. Enhance training to support integration of oral health within the primary healthcare delivery system to improve access to oral healthcare for populations and individuals with medically complex health conditions, special and/or behavioral healthcare needs in vulnerable, underserved, or rural communities.
  2. Clinical training programs that prepare oral healthcare trainees to care for vulnerable, underserved, or rural communities.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $300,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: Up to 15
Estimated total annual program funding: $4,500,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are entities that are capable of carrying out such grants to plan, develop, operate an approved professional training program in the field of general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, public health dentistry for dental students, dental hygienists, or other approved primary care trainees such as dental therapists that emphasizes training for public health dentistry. Eligible applicants include:

  • Accredited schools of dentistry and dental hygiene
  • Public or nonprofit hospitals
  • Other public or private nonprofit entities
  • Faith-based and community-based organizations
  • Community colleges
  • Tribes and tribal organizations

All applicants and partner organizations must be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) by July 1, 2023 to be eligible for funding.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other relevant information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applicant webinar recording
Applicant frequently asked questions


For business, administrative, or fiscal questions:
Gerly Sapphire Marc-Harris

For programmatic or technical questions:
Cynthia Chennault, RDH, BSDH, MPH

Topics This Program Addresses

Education and Training • Healthcare Workforce • Parents, Families, and Children