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Mario Brondani

D.D.S., M.Sc., MPH, Ph.D
Director, Dental Public Health
Chair, Division of Dental Public Health
Coordinator, Community & Educational Research Cluster
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Rm: JBM 116, 2199 Wesbrook Mall - Faculty of Dentistry
Tel: 604-822-6562
Fax: 604-822-3562

Research Areas:

Dental Public Health (Marginalization, CBPR, Access to Care, Stigma); Dental Education (Community Service Learning, Reflective Journaling, Teaching Pedagogies, Social Responsibility); Dental Geriatrics (Undergraduate and Graduate Education, Access to care)

Teaching Areas:

Dental Public Health and Dental Geriatrics

Dr. Brondani holds a dental degree - DDS (1990-1994) from Faculty of Dentistry, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS (Porto Alegre, Brazil); a Master's of Science in Biomedical Gerontology with honours (2000-2002) from the Institute of Geriatrics and Gerontology -IGG, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul – PUCRS (Porto Alegre, Brazil); a Ph.D. in Dental Sciences from UBC (2002-2007), and M.P.H from the UBC School of Population and Public Health (2010-2012). He completed a Teaching in Higher Education Certificate Program – Graduated Certificate Program (2006-2007) from the Centre for Teaching, Learning and technology – LTLC at UBC, and a Peer Reviewer Workshop for Educators (www.peerreview.ca/Peer_reviewers.html
While working as a general dentist in his private practice (Brazil, 1995-2002), he volunteered in a long-term care facility prompting him to concentrate efforts towards gerontology/geriatrics, dental public health and volunteerism. His MSc focused on the development, application and evaluation of an educational oral health program for seniors and care aids from 12 long-term care facilities. He pursued a Ph.D to evaluate and refine a model of oral health for older adults and to unravel the validity of dental psychometrics used to measure the oral health-related quality of life in old age. While in the Ph.D program, he taught in the Problem Based Learning – PBL curriculum at both Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry. He also enhanced further his volunteerism at AIDS Vancouver which enabled him to get involved with the creation of HIM - Health Initiative for Men society, a gay's men health resource exchange program in which he was one of the Board of Directors. He has also provided extramural educational activities. From a Community Service Learning Leadership Workshop (2007), Dr Brondani got fully involved with the development of the PACS – Professionalism and Community Services module now replaced by the PEP I and II – Principles of Ethical Practice. He teaches in both modules and coordinates the Dental Geriatric module in year 3. His M.P.H. was focused on the barriers in non-medical HIV services utilization faced by marginalized populations in Vancouver. 
His 3 main areas of interest for research include: 1) Public Dental Health: Outreach initiatives within marginalised communities, community engagement/participatory research, and oral health promotion and policy development; 2) Dental geriatrics: Education, Development and translation (validity) of Dental psychometric measures and Models of oral health in old age (theoretical and empirical conceptualization) culturally sensitive; and 3) Dental Education: Curriculum development and Community Service Learning (the use of reflective journaling as an approach to enhance learning) and the impact of this methodology upon students and the community they serve.