The Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy


The Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy established in the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership will continue his legacy by providing resources for the next generation of leaders in minority health and minority health policy.

"Dr. Henry believed in the importance of mentoring and cared about the academic and career advancement of students, trainees and junior faculty without regard to race, ethnicity or gender. He was the consummate teacher, clinician, researcher and role model."

        -- Joan Reede, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School

The Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Program is supported by the Dental Service of Massachusetts/Delta Dental Plan and previously the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through a cooperative agreement between the Office of Minority Health and Minority Faculty Development Program at Harvard Medical School. The Oral Health Program is an academic degree-granting program, designed to create oral health leaders, particularly oral health leaders from groups underrepresented in medicine, who will pursue careers in health policy, public health practice and academia. The program is intended to incorporate the critical skills taught in schools of public health, government, business, and dental medicine with supervised practicum, leadership forums and seminar series conducted by leading scholars and nationally recognized leaders in minority health and public policy.

The program is designed to prepare oral health leaders who will, over time, improve the capacity of the health care system to address the health needs of minority and disadvantaged populations. To accomplish this, the program will:

  • Provide strong academic training, including a graduate degree, for highly qualified dentists.
  • Enhance the leadership ability of dentists, offering them substantive knowledge in health policy and management, while creating a network of oral health leaders capable of advancing successfully among the public, non-profit, and academic sectors.
  • Provide each fellow with mentoring by Harvard senior faculty and administrators and access to national leaders in oral health, health policy and public health practice.
  • Provide firsthand experience in private and public sectors, allowing the fellows to integrate academic leadership training with its practical application in a real world setting.
  • Bring together the faculty and resources of Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government to provide an enhanced curriculum that addresses issues of public health, oral health, health policy, and practice ― particulary as they relate to minority health issues.
  • Utilize resources at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, including the offices of Minority Faculty Development Program, to enhance the networking, career development, and career advancement of participating fellows.


The requirements for Fellows of the Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy are to complete the course work leading to a graduate degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The Program includes courses, seminars, leadership forums, a research practicum, site visits and mentoring by senior faculty and public health leaders.


  •     DDS or DMD and an active dental license required
  •     Experience with minority health issues
  •     Interest in public policy and public health
  •     US citizenship or permanent US residency

For more information please contact:

Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA
Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership
Tel: 617-432-2413
Fax: 617-432-3834