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Sandra Osborne

Clinical Asst Professor

  • Dental Hygiene
  • College of Dentistry


Sandra D. Osborne, RDH, MS, is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene. Ms. Osborne earned the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Maryland (UMB); the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from UMB; and the Certificate in Dental Hygiene from Howard University.  As principal investigator, her research article, "Information Seeking Strategies of Dental Hygienists,” was published in The Journal of Dental Education.  In 2010 she was the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in Residence.  She has served as Dental Hygiene Education Content Reviewer for Elsevier Textbooks; HUCD Liaison to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation; Oral Heath Zone Coordinator/Howard University College of Dentistry (HUCD); Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessments (CETLA) Fellow for HUCD; Panelist, 1st Annual Teaching with Technology Conference; Facilitator for “Flipping Courses” at the 2016 College of Medicine Retreat/CETLA; and HU Teach Reviewer.  Ms. Osborne has presented research posters at ADEA Annual Sessions; served as the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) State Education Network Representative for the District of Columbia; and Alternate Delegate for the District of Columbia Dental Hygienists’ Association (DCDHA).  She is a member of  ADEA, ADHA, and DCDHA.  She serves as faculty advisor to the HU Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association and as course coordinator of: 

  • 10702-DHYG-306-41      Introduction to Periodontics
  • 88641-DHYG-421-01      Periodontics
  • 88642-DHYG-430-01      Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory II
  • 14260-DHYG-457-41      Research Practicum
  • 15409-DHYG-414-41      Clinical Dental Hygiene Practicum

Past Course Coordinator of:

  • Preclinical Dental Hygiene Theory
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory I
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene III
  • Clinical Dental Hygiene IV

Awards and Accomplishments

  • 2019      Lecturer of the Year Award
  • 2014      HU Teach Finalist
  • 2013      Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award
  • 2011      Howard University College of Dentistry Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2010      American Dental Education Association Enid A. Neidle Scholar-In-Residence

Education & Expertise


Dental Hygiene Education

University of Maryland

Dental Hygiene

University of Maryland

Dental Hygiene

Howard University

Related Articles

Information Seeking Strategies of Dental Hygienists

Osborne, SD; Henley, GL; Josey-Baker, YI; Fryer, CE; J Dent Educ., 2014 Dec; 78 (12): 1615-22

Uncontrolled Dental Caries in a Young Adult: therapeutic perspective and case study

 Fryer CE; Brown RS; Osborne SD., Dent. Today, 2015 Jul: 34 (7):46-7

A Case Series of Five Elderly Patients with Bald Tongue

Brown RS, Owens JB, Osborne SD, Gamble, Dentistry Today, Published June 2019 Vol. 38 (6)