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Christine N. Nathe, RDH, MS

Professor and Chief, Division of Dental Hygiene

Vice Chair, Department of Dental Medicine

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Academic Career

Nathe attended Rhodes State College, The Ohio State University and Old Dominion University. She has taught at Fones School of Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport (Connecticut) and Old Dominion University. She has been with UNM for more than 20 years.

Research Interests

Nathe’s books, Dental Public Health and Research (3rd edition), and Primary Preventive Dentistry (8th edition), are used throughout the world to educate hygienists on the science and practice of dental public health and primary dental care. She is an editorial reviewer of many international dental hygiene periodicals.

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Professional Memberships

  • American Dental Hygienists' Association
  • International Federation of Dental Hygienists


$30,000 donation supports school-based dental clinics
(HSC NewsBeat; Dec. 19, 2013) The University of New Mexico Division of Dental Hygiene, which operates clinics at Albuquerque's Van Buren Middle School and Highland High School, recently received a $30,000 donation from Delta Dental of New Mexico.

Brightening Smiles One School at a Time
(HSC NewsBeat; Jan. 3, 2012) When we think of school clinics, we often think of a school nurse not a dental hygienist, but thanks to the UNM Division of Dental Hygiene more Albuquerque schools are starting to get their very own dental clinics.

UNM Division of Dental Hygiene Opening New Clinic

(HSC NewsBeat; Dec. 7, 2011) The Division of Dental Hygiene, which operates three school-based dental clinics serving four middle schools is opening a new clinic at the cluster high school this month at Highland High School.

New Era of Dental Hygiene Addressed at Conference

(HSC NewsBeat; Oct. 25, 2005) The University of New Mexico played host to a national congregation of dental hygienists from across the country looking for guidance in a future of unprecedented power in the dental public health arena. Recently, dental hygienists have been granted the power to practice without supervision of a dentist. The effect of this shift in power will filter through the dental care delivery system.

Dental Students Use Middle School for Lessons

(HSC NewsBeat; Oct.16, 2005) Students of the University of New Mexico Dental Hygiene program are heading back to middle school to learn important lessons in dentistry. For a second consecutive year, Van Buren Middle School is the site of a UNM school-based preventive dental hygiene clinic working to provide Van Buren students with free access to dental care.

Christine Nathe Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

(HSC NewsBeat; June 19, 2005) Christine Nielsen Nathe, RDH, MS, associate professor and Graduate Program Director in the Division of Dental Hygiene within the University of New Mexico Department of Surgery, recently received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.

Pfizer Offers $10,000 for MINI Med Schools

(HSC NewsBeat; Feb. 8, 2005) Pfizer, Inc., recently presented a $10,000 check to the Office of Continuing Medical Education in support of the Health Sciences Center's 2005 Mini Med Schools.

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