Population Oral Health at UQ (POHUQ)

Oral health is an integral part of general health, affecting individuals, the health system and society. Oral diseases are some of the most prevalent chronic conditions and are preventable if evidence-based policies and practices are informed with quality and up-to-date data. Population Oral Health research is a major branch of dental research, producing the essential information used by the scientific community, policymakers and dental service providers, the profession, the industry, and the public to improve the oral health of communities at national, regional and global levels. To achieve this, evidence-based research, including national surveys and surveillance efforts, are required by policymakers and service providers.

Vision

Population Oral Health at UQ is a leader in oral epidemiological and population oral health research, targeting the improvement of population oral health and reduction in inequalities in oral health.

Mission

The Unit aims to provide quality research data to inform activities in improving population oral health. The Unit will:

  • expand UQ’s capacity to conduct large-scale Oral Epidemiologic and Population Oral Health research
  • establish UQ’s national and international reputation and leadership in Oral Epidemiologic and Population Oral Health research
  • establish a research-intensive environment in Oral Epidemiologic and Population Oral Health research and research training.