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Why working at PHO is important to me:

"Public Health Ontario is a perfect platform for conducting interdisciplinary research and knowledge translation. It gives me the opportunity to integrate oral health research with general health."

Sonica Singhal, Scientist, Oral Health


  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto

Academic degrees and accreditations

  • Doctor of Philosophy (collaborative degree in Dental Public Health and Public Health Policy), Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
  • Master of Science (Epidemiology), Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto
  • Master of Public Health, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Delhi University, India
  • Fellow, The Royal College of Dentists of Canada (FRCDC)

Areas of expertise

  • Oral health
  • Access to healthcare
  • Tobacco research
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Public health policy

PHO research interests

  • Estimating the burden of dental diseases among pre-school children in Ontario.
  • Assessing the burden on the health care system due to non-traumatic dental diseases.
  • Identifying barriers to access to dental care among different vulnerable populations.
  • Effects of community water fluoridation cessation on dental caries.
  • Impact of periodontal diseases on diabetes and cardiovascular health.

Current PHO research activities

  • Leading the evaluation of the Healthy Smiles Ontario program, a publicly funded dental program for children and youth of low income families, in terms of its process and impact to improve oral health and access to oral health care of clients.
  • Principal investigator to determine the load of emergency department visits in Ontario due to dental problems.
  • Synthesizing evidence to assess whether oral health knowledge changes oral health behavior.
  • Investigating Inverse Care law in dental care in Canada.

Other Publications 

  1. Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario), Singhal S, Berenbaum E, Wu J. Focus on: Exploring the impact of alcohol warning labels on FASD awareness and drinking behaviours. Toronto, ON: Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2016.
  2. Singhal S, Methodological considerations to conduct a community fluoridation cessation study, Mosaic Newsletter, Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry, Issue no.8, Spring 2016.

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