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Epidemiologist / Population Health Scientist / Health Services Research Scholar / Dental Public

University of Utah
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 16, 2024

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
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Employment Type
Full Time

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Epidemiologist / Population Health Scientist / Health Services Research Scholar / Dental Public Health Researcher or Clinician Scientist


Position/Rank - Tenure or Career-line; Open Rank

Track Dependent on Qualifications

The School of Dentistry is seeking outstanding scholars from a variety of clinical and population oral health-related backgrounds, including epidemiology, health services research, health policy, dental public health, dental informatics, implementation science, and/or behavioral health, to contribute to our growing research mission. Applicants must hold a relevant doctoral degree with a proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Multidisciplinary and collaborative research is strongly encouraged and supported. The successful faculty candidate will be a skilled clinician scientist or scholar in the population health sciences with demonstrated capability for leading and sustaining an independent program of research. The appointee will be expected to devote the majority of their time to the development and oversight of an extramurally-funded research program focused on one or more of the above-described areas. As is appropriate and/or needed, the appointee will also contribute to didactic instruction in epidemiology, health services research, care outcomes research, dental public health and related fields for predoctoral students and dental residents.

The School of Dentistry and the State of Utah offer unique opportunities for the advancement of science in the broad area of population oral health, including unparalleled opportunities to study oral health disparities and inequities, the integration of medicine and dentistry, practice-based research, dental informatics, and oral health policy. We abide by and prioritize the institutional ethos of serving the underserved. To this end, the University of Utah School of Dentistry serves as the designated provider of Medicaid-eligible adult dental benefits (~250,000) with support from a large group of community-based and private practice dental clinics (400+ providers). Many Utah communities, particularly Native American/Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Latino communities are medically disadvantaged, with indicators of worse health and less insurance/ability to pay for healthcare than the White population, underscoring the importance of University of Utah Health Sciences Campus' (UHealth) efforts in the areas of community engagement and health equity, supported by the Utah CTSI.

Across our eight fixed-site clinics, we serve more than 40,000 unique patients annually, the large majority of whom are Medicaid beneficiaries. A significant portion are dentally uninsured, for whom we support the costs of care through a philanthropic Oral Health Assistance Program (>$500k annually). Several of our clinics, including the Population Health Center, are operationally integrated with the delivery of medical and behavioral health care services, allowing our faculty and students to work alongside and in collaboration with our medical colleagues to improve whole person health.

The University of Utah Health Sciences Campus is highly collaborative. The School of Dentistry has ongoing research-related engagements with several departments in the School of Medicine, including Population Health Sciences and Biomedical Informatics, with the College of Nursing, and with the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. We also have relationships with the Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Healthcare System.

The School of Dentistry has dedicated space and resources available to support research activity. The Office of Research, led by Dr. Brenda Heaton, Associate Dean for Research, is supported by a $20 million endowment which was established with the express intent to support the growth of research activity aligned with our strategic goals of improving care outcomes, reducing oral health inequities, and influencing oral health policy.

Beyond our competitive salary, the University's and School of Dentistry's benefits program is tremendous, including: health care, prescription drug, behavioral health, dental, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, retirement plans, supplemental retirement plans, retiree benefits, accidental death & dismemberment, disability, life insurances, long-term care, home and auto insurance, legal plans, military benefits, and large tuition benefits for you and family (see more details here:

Utah is known for stunning natural wonders, including 5 National Parks, and world-class recreation for outdoor enthusiasts. Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas offer diverse neighborhoods, great schools, restaurants, arts and entertainment, and endless possibilities for sports and recreation. Learn more at:

Candidates must submit a current curriculum vitae, and a cover letter that summarizes clinical and/or research experience.

Submit all applications to:

Inquiries may be directed to:
Brenda Heaton, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean for Research, School of Dentistry
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services Research

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

Department: 01478 - SOD - EDUCATION
City: Salt Lake City, UT
Track: Track Dependent on Qualifications
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Requisition Number: PRN03540F

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All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA). More information, including the Director/Title IX Coordinator’s office address, electronic mail address, and telephone number can be located at:
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