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Professor Christopher E. Okunseri

Professor Christopher E. Okunseri

Director of the Predoctoral Program in Dental Public Health, School of Dentistry, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Dr. Christopher E. Okunseri is a professor (with tenure) and Director of the Predoctoral Program in Dental Public Health at Marquette University’s School of Dentistry. He is also an adjunct professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and the President of the American Board of Dental Public Health. Dr. Okunseri received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree from the University of Benin, Edo State Nigeria. He obtained a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Dental Public Health from the Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences, University College London, United Kingdom and a Diploma in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons in England. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. He completed a residency program in dental public health at the Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York. Furthermore, Dr. Okunseri holds a Master’s degree in Leadership Studies from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Dr. Okunseri is engaged in patient care, research and teaching at the pre-doctoral and graduate levels, and his research interests include epidemiology of oral conditions, behavioral science and health services research especially among the underserved, disadvantaged and racial/ethnic minority populations. He has received intra- and extramural research funding as an independent investigator from the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration and other foundations. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in high impact journals, as well as several abstracts and reports. In addition, Dr. Okunseri served as coeditor of a book, reviews journal articles for more than two dozen medical and dental journals and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry and the Journal of Dental Research - Clinical and Translational Research. He is also the Editor-In-Chief of the Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dentistry Journal, an online open-access dental journal.

Dr. Okunseri is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the Wisconsin Dental Association, the International Association for Dental Research, the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. He serves on various state, national and international executive committees, and is the Past President of the Behavioral Epidemiologic and Health Services Research group of the International Association for Dental Research. He was one-time secretary/treasurer of the American Association for Public Health Dentistry. At the university level, Dr. Okunseri serves on several committees and is the Immediate past chair of the Marquette University’s Institutional Review Board and the university’s Committee on Research.

In addition to his many responsibilities, Dr. Okunseri practices general dentistry at Marquette University School of Dentistry’s Faculty Practice.

Updated 25 August 2023