MISSOURI SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY & ORAL HEALTH (MOSDOH)
- Initial accreditation for MOSDOH is expected in 2013.
- Inaugural Dean: RADM (ret.) Christopher G. Halliday, DDS, MPH., former assistant surgeon general of the United States.
- MOSDOH is applying for accreditation by CODA, as well as the Higher Learning Commission, the body that accredits the University as a whole.
- Pending a successful accreditation application the first class of 40 students is expected to enter fall of 2013.
- MOSDOH’s curriculum will be modeled on that of ATSU’s highly successful Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH), which is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
- Students will study the first two years on ATSU’s Kirksville, Mo., campus.
- Third and fourth year clinical education will be based in St. Louis, which will provide an adequate population base of patients in need of dental services. At least half of the fourth year clinical experiences will be distributed in Community Health Centers (CHCs) and other safety net clinics in Missouri and the Midwest Region, including our partner in Kirksville - the Northeast Missouri Health Council.
- Forming partnerships with CHCs carries out our mission to serve underserved populations, including the uninsured, underinsured, and rural areas.
- MOSDOH will help to address a critical shortage of dentists in Missouri.
- Missouri ranked second to last in the percentage of children aged 1-18 receiving any dental service *1
- Missouri was ranked 47th nationally in the percentage of residents visiting a dentist in a year (62.6%) *2
- MOSDOH will be housed in a new 61,000 sq. ft. Interprofessional Education & Dentistry School Building.
- Northeast Missouri Health Council and ATSU dental facilities will work together on ATSU Kirksville campus.
- The Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) awarded ATSU a $500,000 Phase I grant in 2011-12 to support MOSDOH’s feasibility/planning period. In follow-up, MFH subsequently awarded ATSU a 2012-13 Phase II grant of $1 million to further develop MOSDOH's infrastructure and educational partners. (The Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.).
- Local economic impact: Based upon 40 students in each of first- and second-year classes, economic impact on the greater Kirksville area will be approximately $40 million annually.
- Community Friends for ATSU Dental: The Missouri Dental Program would not be possible without the grass-roots efforts of Community Friends for ATSU Dental. This group raised more than $1.1 million to help make the case for the new dental program to be located in Kirksville.
1 - Pew Children's Dental Campaign, 2008
2 - Creating a Healthier Missouri: A Statewide Oral Health Plan, 2009