MISSOURI SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY & ORAL HEALTH (MOSDOH)
- MOSDOH was granted initial accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) in August 2013.
- MOSDOH’s inaugural dean is RADM (ret.) Christopher G. Halliday, DDS, MPH, former assistant surgeon general of the United States.
- The first class of 42 students entered on Oct. 1, 2013.
- Students complete their first two years of study on ATSU’s Kirksville, Mo., campus.
- Third- and fourth-year clinical education is based in St. Louis, which provides an adequate population base of patients in need of dental services. At least half of the fourth-year clinical experiences are distributed in community health centers (CHCs) and other safety net clinics in Missouri and the Midwest, including our partner in Kirksville – the Northeast Missouri Health Council.
- Forming partnerships with CHCs carries out MOSDOH’s 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 is housed in the new, 62,000-square-foot Interprofessional Education & Dentistry School building.
- Northeast Missouri Health Council and ATSU dental facilities work together on ATSU’s Missouri campus.
- The Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) awarded MOSDOH a total of $3 million over a three-year project period to help plan, develop, and launch the new and innovative Missouri dental school. MFH 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 the 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 grassroots 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