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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Diane Brunson

Director of Public Health and Community Outreach

Diane Brunson
Diane Brunson

Mail Stop F-843
13065 E. 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: 303-724-2239
Fax: 303-724-7039


  • BS, Dental Hygiene, University of Colorado School of Dentistry
  • Masters in Public Health, University of Northern Colorado

Departmental Affiliations:

  • Faculty appointment in Applied Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Departments

Graduate Program Affiliations:

  • American Dental Association: National Fluoridation Advisory Committee (1998-present)
  • Division of Oral Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Oral Health Surveillance System Advisory Group (2006 - present)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Action for Oral Health Access Advisory Committee (2002-2006)

Honors & Awards:

  • Association of State and Territorial Dental Director's Outstanding Achievement Award 2003
  • Fellow, Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership 2000.
  • Member of American Public Health Association's Delegation to China, 1998.

Selected Publications:

O’Connell JM, Brunson D, Anselmo T, Sullivan PW. Costs and savings associated with community water fluoridation programs in Colorado. Prev Chronic Dis [serial online] 2005 Nov. Available from URL:

Brunson, D. “If Fluoridation Were a Scientific Issue, It Would Be Easy,” Journal of the Colorado Dental Association; Vol. 81, No.1, Winter 2002.

Research Interests:

  • Oral Health Epidemiology
  • Public Health Practice