Karl Self, DDS, MBA
Associate Professor, Primary Dental Care
Division Director, Division of Dental Therapy
University of Minnesota

Dr. Karl Self joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2006 and in January of 2010, he was selected to be the Director of the newly created Division of Dental Therapy. In addition to managing all aspects of the implementation of this program, he is engaged in teaching dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene students. His current research efforts are focused on the implementation of dental therapy in Minnesota; general research interests include as well as team based care, access to care, and global health.

Dr. Self earned his DDS degree from the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry, and a MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. During his professional career he has been engaged in a variety of dental practice types including private practice and large group practice, yet he has spent most of his professional life in a community clinic. Other professional roles include a consultant for the Department of Human Services’ Medical Assistance program, the director of Diversity and Inclusivity for the School of Nursing, and executive director of a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Self serves on the board of a number of non-profit dental focused organizations and has been involved in improving oral healthcare in Africa.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Throughout the history of healthcare in the U.S., the delivery of primary medical care and behavioral healthcare has been separated from the delivery of oral healthcare. In recent years, research has confirmed that oral health is intertwined with both physical and mental health. These findings have led to a greater emphasis on finding ways to include oral health care in interprofessional education and practice.  Through a combination of information sharing and facilitated discussion, participants will be able to describe what is meant by oral health community collaborative practice, identify…