Chester Douglass, DMD, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management


Chester Douglass attended Franklin and Marshall College, received his DMD from Temple University in 1965 and his PhD in Public Health Administration in 1971 from Michigan.   He served on the UNC School of Public Health faculty, where he was Assistant Professor from 1971-75, Associate Professor from 1975-78, and Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate in 1975-76. He was named Associate Professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard University in 1978, and then Professor and Chair of the Department from 1988 to 2008, when he retired as Professor Emeritus. He also served as Professor of Health Policy and Management and then of Epidemiology in the Harvard School of Public Health from 1978 to the present.

Dr. Douglass has taught courses on Oral Epidemiology, Geriatric Dentistry, Dental Public Health and since 2008, on Health Policy and the Dental Care Market. He has held training grants in Dental Public Health, Preventive Dentistry, and Oral Epidemiology and conducted RO1 research from NCHSR, HRSA, NIEHS, NIDR, NIDCR, CDC, and NCI.

Dr. Douglass practiced dentistry in the US Navy from 1965 to 1967, and he practiced Dental Public Health as Chief of Dentistry and Oral Surgery in the Cambridge Health Alliance from 1998 to 2008. He has served on numerous corporate and foundation boards, and the Ann Arbor City Board of Health. For the Boston Medical Foundation, Delta Dental of MA, Quintiles, and Dental Quest Foundation he has served 20+ years on each board.

His academic research has resulted in 160 publications on geriatrics and gerontology, the efficacy of dental radiographs, the need, demand and supply of dental services, oral and systemic disease, and currently on fluoride and osteosarcoma.

Papers in Progress:
1.     Evaluation of Dental Hygiene Health Policy Connecticut Code Section 20-1261
2.    The Private Practice of Public Health Dentistry
3.    Community Water Fluoridation and Osteosarcoma Risk
4.    Topical and Supplemental Fluoride Use and Osteosarcoma Risk.


  • DMD, Dentistry, Temple University, 1965
  • Public Health, MPH, University of Michigan, 1968
  • Public Health Administration, PhD, University of Michigran, 1971