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Institute of Dentistry - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Huda Yusuf, BSc (Hons), BDS, MFDSRCS (Eng), MSc, PhD, FDS (DPH) RCS (Eng), FHEA


Clinical Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health Consultant in Public Health at NHS England (Health inclusion, child healthy weight and dental public health)

Room Number: Office 3, Floor 4, Institute of Dentistry


Huda graduated in 1998 from King’s Dental Institute. She worked in the Hospital, Community Dental and General Dental Services. She completed her MSc in Dental Public Health in 2004 at UCL. She subsequently took up a post as a Specialist Registrar in Dental Public Health and also completed her PhD at UCL in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

Huda is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Dental Public Health at the Dental Public Unit in Queen Mary University of London and a Consultant in Public Public Health at NHS  England.

She is the module lead for Dental Public Health for undergraduates and teaches  postgraduate students in Dental Public Health including supervision of MSc and PhD students. She has been an invited speaker in European Conferences and  the Royal College of Medicine , Royal College of GPs and the Royal College of Nursing.

She is the Training Programme Director for Dental Public Health for London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex. She is the Speciality Advisory Committee Chair for Dental Pubic Health for the UK at the Royal College of Surgeons.

She is currently the President Elect for  the European Association of Dental Public Health.

Centre: Dental Public Health and Primary Care


Research Interests:

Huda’s PhD thesis focused on research in primary care, particularly implementing and evaluating an obesity intervention with the aim of reducing sugary soft drinks among young people attending NHS dental practices in London. Her research interests include health inequalities, translational research, developing and evaluating complex interventions to improve public health. More specifically:

  • translational research and particularly the development and evaluation of complex interventions in primary dental care and community settings
  • behaviour change interventions aimed at preventing chronic diseases and more specifically those aimed at reducing sugars to prevent obesity and dental caries.
  • mixed methods research and process evaluation of interventions to inform the limited evidence base.


ASHTIANI G, GAMBOA A, YUSUF H (2022). The Impact of Oral Health Training on the Early Year’s Workforce Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in Delivering Oral Health Advice: A Systematic Review. Community Dental Health; Nov 30;39(4):260-266. doi: 10.1922/CDH_00081Ashtiani07.

MATHUR MR, NAGRATH D, YUSUF H, MISHRA VK, TSAKOS G (2022). Validation and minimally important difference of the Child-OIDP in a socioeconomically diverse sample of Indian adolescents. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 20(1).

KACZMARCZYK KH, YUSUF H (2022) The impact of HPV vaccination on the prevention of oropharyngeal cancer: A scoping review. Community Dent Health; Mar 1;39(1):14-21. doi: 10.1922/CDH_00072Kaczmarczyk08. PMID: 34304398.

FENELL-WELLS, A., YUSUF H (2020). Child refugees and asylum seekers: oral health and its place in the UK system. British Dental Journal,  228, pages 44–49.

EATON KA, GALLAGHER J, HARRIS M, JONES C, NYBLOM Y, REED D, SCHULTE AG, SEDEREL R, VASSALLO P, YUSUF H, Proceedings of EADPH pre-congress workshop at University of Ghent, Belgium best practices in dental curricula development – A follow-up to the 2018 EADPH pre-congress workshop. Community Dental Health 37(1):65-82 01 Mar 2020.

EATON K.A., GALLAGHER J., JONES C., MARSH P.D., SCHULTE A.G., VANOBBERGEN J, VASSALLO P., YUSUF H. The Boundaries between Caries and Periodontal Diseases. What are the Implications for Education in Dental Public Health? Proceedings of EADPH/SESPO Pre -Congress Workshop held on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 at The Centro Cultural Sa Nostra Congress Centre, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Community Dental Health (March 2019)

GILLAM D, AND YUSUF H (2019). Motivational Interviewing in Dental Practice. Dentistry Journal, 7, 51; doi:10.3390/dj7020051

YUSUF H, KOLLIAKOU A, NTOUVA A, MURPHY M, NEWTON T, TSAKOS G, WATT R. (2016). Predictors of dentists’ behaviours in delivering prevention in primary dental care in England: using the theory of planned behaviour. BMC Health Services Research, 16:44

YUSUF H, TSAKOS G, NTOUVA A, MURPHY M, PORTER J, NEWTON T, AND WATT R. (2015). Differences by age and sex in general dental practitioners’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in delivering prevention. British Dental Journal, 219: E7

YUSUF H, WRIGHT K, ROBERTSON C. (2015). Evaluation of a pilot oral health promotion programme ‘Keep Smiling’: perspectives from GDPs, health champions and school staff. British Dental Journal, 218:455-9.

YUSUF H, MURPHY M, NTOUVA A, NEWTON T, MURDOCH, M, WATT R. (2014). An ethical dilemma: our current understanding of prevention in primary dental care. A qualitative study. Social Science and Dentistry, 3:17-26

MURPHY M, PORTER J, YUSUF, H, NTOUVA A, NEWTON T; KOLLIAKOU A, CRAWLEY H, TSAKOS G, PIKHART H, WATT R. (2013). Considerations and lessons learned from designing a motivational interviewing obesity intervention for young people attending dental practices: A study protocol paper. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 36: 126-134.

YUSUF H (2013). Toothbrushing may reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia. Evidence Based Dentistry, 14:89-90.

TSAKOS G, BLAIR Y, YUSUF H, WRIGHT W, WATT R, MACPHERSON L. (2012). Developing a new self-reported scale of oral health outcomes for 5-year-old children (SOHO-5). Health and Quality of Life Outcomes,10:62 

YUSUF H, GHERUNPONG S, SHEIHAM A, AND TSAKOS G. (2006): Validation of an English version of the Child-OIDP index, an oral health-related quality of life measure for children Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 4: 38



Secondary Schools needed for an exciting study about reducing sugary drinks intake among 12–13-year-olds in East London

STUDY TITLE: Feasibility trial of an obesity school-to-home intervention delivered by teachers to reduce sugar sweetened drinks consumption among 12–13-year-olds in secondary schools (Study Acronym: DISS - Diss Sugar Sweetened Drinks) [Barts Charity Grant]


STUDY AIM: to explore approaches to reduce sugary drinks among young people and to promote healthy weight. Study participants include young people aged 12-13 years, PSHE/science teachers and parents.


The study intervention consists of:


(1) upskilling PSHE/Science teachers to deliver two sessions to year 8 children to support them with reducing the intake of sugary drinks. Teachers will be trained in Group Motivational Interviewing.

(2) a mobile app aimed at and co-developed by young people.

(3) healthy eating resources for parents to support a healthy environment at home.


Benefits to schools and participants:


  • The training will upskill teachers and support them in their professional development and encourage them in motivating young people towards positive behaviour change that can maximise their learning and support pastoral care. Teachers will receive a QMUL Motivational Interviewing Certificate.
  • Young people and their parents will be supported in healthy eating and physical activity.
  • All schools and individual participants will receive a certificate of participation from QMUL.
  • Your school will receive a voucher for £150, teachers will receive £30 and young people £10.
  • The school will be offered dental students to be involved in career’s talk.


We would like to hear from you!

Please email:

Dr Huda Yusuf (Principal Investigator) -

Dr Josefina Valenzuela -

DISS Study Summary info [PDF 190KB]

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