Richard W. Rubin, DDS, MPH Faculty - Dentistry



Fax: 412-383-8662
3501 Terrace Street (Salk Hall), Department of Dental Public Health, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, 15261


BS, Zoology, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 1972

DDS, Dentistry, University of the Pacific, San Francisco, CA, 1977

MPH, Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1998


My main interests are in exploring the interface of public health and oral health, and in developing culturally competent/community-minded dental students . In 2001, at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Dental Medicine, I designed and initiated the ongoing non-clinical phase of the Student Community Outreach Program and Education (SCOPE I) and expanded the student clinical component of community service (SCOPE II). This overall program involves dental students’ (I-IV) community activities and service, both non-dental and clinical participation, in underserved communities throughout western Pennsylvania. The goals of the SCOPE program are to help: 1) develop the students’ cultural competence and communication skills, 2) create more empathic, personally-committed dentists, and 3) create a social norm of community-mindedness among dentists. My research explores the development of these attitudes and beliefs among dental students and the relationship of SCOPE activities in this process. I am also interested in evaluating and implementing new approaches in teaching and learning. This includes techniques based upon active adult-learning modules, “learning communities,” debates, and discussion boards. Recent work involved an Innovation in Education grant from the Provost’s office, where I introduced WIKI programming to the University BlackBoard system. As coordinator for the dual-degree program (DMD/MPH), in affiliation with the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), I am involved in the public health career development of selected dental students. In this role, I serve as a faculty member (secondary position) at the GSPH, work an advisor and reader on the GSPH student essay committee, and co-direct the Contemporary Issues in Dental Public Health course, designed for all students interested in dental public health. As a core faculty member of LEND Pittsburgh, I am involved in “special needs” training programs for dental students, By combining LEND principles and programs, the dental students, through SCOPE I and II, receive additional exposure to the special needs community by developing 1)  inter-disciplinary training experiences, 2) student community service participation for special needs and other underserved populations, and 3) student clinical activity at special needs health centers throughout western Pennsylvania.