J. Steven Cline, DDS, MPH

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
2300 Rexwoods Drive, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27607


Dr. Cline currently serves as the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships for Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC). His responsibilities include exploring and developing opportunities with provider networks, dental health providers, and other healthcare organizations. Prior to joining CCNC Dr. Cline was the Assistant Secretary for Health Information Technology in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). He spent the majority of his career in public health. His last position in public health was as Deputy State Health Director in DHHS where his responsibilities included formulating division policies and priorities as well supervising all programmatic areas of the Division which included Epidemiology, Women’s and Children’s Health, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Oral Health, and Public Health Preparedness.

From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Cline served as Chief of the Epidemiology Section in the North Carolina Division of Public Health where he led the state’s public health response to bioterrorism, SARS, Hurricanes Fran and Katrina, and other public health emergencies. Prior to that, Dr. Cline spent 13 years in local public health with the Wake County Health Department where he held the positions of Dental Director, Deputy Health Director and finally Acting Wake County Health Director. In 1996 he moved to the state health department where he was the State Dental Director for three years before becoming the Chief of Epidemiology.

Dr. Cline received his B.S. degree from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina and both his DDS degree and his MPH degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is married and living in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has four children.


  • BS, Biology, Davidson College, 1979
  • DDS, Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983
  • MPH, Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986