Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Dental Public Health and Behavioral Science
School of Dentistry
Michael McCunniff DDS, MS, is Department Chair Dental Public Health and Behavioral Science and Director of Outreach programs at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry. Dr. McCunniff earned his DDS degree from UMKC in 1983, specialty degree in Dental Public Health from the University Of Iowa, College Of Dentistry in 1995 and became Board Certified in Dental Public Health in 2003. He began teaching full time in 1991 following 8 years of private practice and part-time clinical faculty.
Research interests include access to oral health care among underserved populations and dental education. Access to care topics have included evaluation of state Medicaid programs, obesity in children, oral and pharyngeal cancer, dental workforce, and Emergency Room visits related to oral health issues. Dental education topics have included community-based service learning, development of extra-mural training programs, and Inter-professional Education (IPE).
Dr. McCunniff is an active member of the following organizations: Missouri Rural Health Association, the National Disaster Medical System, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Dental Education Association and the American Dental Association.