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Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2367F
Phone: (301) 405-9797 |
Office Hours: 

Monday through Friday 8:30-12:00. Call or e-mail for an appointment.


A health educator, Dr. Horowitz formerly was a senior scientist, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Health (NIDCR), National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Dr. Horowitz has extensive work in dental caries prevention and early detection. She also has developed numerous surveys on the subject. Dr. Horowitz was instrumental in initiating the need to address health literacy in dentistry and was one of the authors of the first NIH Program Announcement addressing health literacy. She also organized the NIDCR’s workshop on oral health literacy and co-authored the findings. She served as the NIH lead for the Healthy People 2010 Oral Health Chapter and worked on Healthy People and Healthy People 2020. Dr. Horowitz was a primary architect of the Maryland State Oral Cancer Prevention and Early Detection coalition. She initiated both state and national research on what health care providers and the public know and do about oral cancer prevention and early detection. She served on the recent Institute of Medicine’s panel, Advancing Oral Health in America. She has published over 125 scientific papers and book chapters.

Education and Training

May 1992 - PhD. (health education), University of Maryland

June 1965 ‑ MA (education), University of Iowa

June 1962 ‑ BA (general science), University of Iowa

June 1961 ‑ RDH (dental hygiene), University of Iowa


Health Literacy

Honors and Awards

American Dental Association Honorary Member October 2014

Certificate of Achievement Recognition Delta Omega, UMD SPH April 2014
 University of Maryland, School of Public Health –Alumni of the Year 2012

University of California San Francisco--- John C. Greene Lecture 2010

US Public Health Service—Surgeon General David Satcher Keynote Lecture--2008 Scientific and Training

American Board of Dental Public Health-Honorary Diplomate--2007

New York Dental Foundation- Foundation of Excellence in Research Award 2006

NIH Plain Language Outstanding Award—2004

Hispanic Dental Association President’s Award, 2002

State of Maryland, Champions Against Oral Cancer Award, 2001

NIDCR/NIH Special Merit Award 2001

American Public Health Association, Oral Health Section, John W. Knutson Award for Distinguished Service—2000

DHHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service---2000

American Association of Public Health Dentistry, Distinguished Service Award – 1999.

NIH Director’s Award--1999

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, Distinguished Service Award   - 1993

International Association for Dental Research, H. Trendley Dean Award - 1992

American Association of Public Health Dentistry, Special Merit Award – 1988


Horowitz AM, Kleinman DV, Goodman Hs, Welby J. A multi-level, multi-sector oral health literacy initiative to reduce oral health disparities and achieve health equity: Early lessons from the Maryland Model. Curr Oral Health Rep. 2016:DOI 10.1007/s40496-016-0092-0.
Weatherspoon DJ, Horowitz AM, Kleinman DV. Maryland physicians’ knowledge, opinions and practices related to dental caries etiology and prevention in children. Pediatr Dent 2016:38(1):61-67.
Horowitz AM, Canto MT, Goodman H. Child W. Perception and practices of preventing dental caries by Maryland Latinas: A qualitative study. J Dent & Oral Care Med. 2016;2:1-6.
Weatherspoon DJ, Horowitz AM, Kleinman DV, Wang MQ. The Use of recommended communication techniques by Maryland family physicians and pediatricians. PLOS ONE. April 9,2015.DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0119855.

Koo LW, Horowitz AM, Radice SR, Wang MQ, Kleinman DV. Nurse practitioners’ use of communication techniques: Results of a Maryland oral health literacy survey. PLoS ONE 2016 11(1): e0146545. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0146545

Horowitz AM, Robinson LA, Ng MW, Archarya A. 2014. After visit summaries: A tool whose time has come for use in dentistry. Discussion Paper, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC. 

Horowitz AM, Maybury C, Kleinman DV, Radice SR, Wang MQ, Child, W, Rudd RE. Health literacy environmental scans of community-based dental clinics in Maryland.  Am J Public Health. 2014;104:e85-e93.

Horowitz AM, Child W, Kleinman DV, Maybury C. Perspectives of Maryland Adults Regarding Caries prevention. J Am Public Health. 2015;105:e58-e64.

Matsuo G, Horowitz AM, Beck KH, Wang MQ, Kleinman DV. What Maryland Dentists Know and Do about preventing Dental Caries in Children. J of Theory and Practice of Dental Public Health. 2015;2:9-18.

Horowitz AM, Clovis JC, Kleinman DV, Wang MQ. Use of recommended communication techniques by Maryland dental hygienists.  2013; 4:181-1192.

Horowitz AM, Kleinman DV, Wang MQ. What Maryland Adults with Young Children Know and do about Preventing Dental Caries. AJPH 2013;103:e69-e76. 

Horowitz AM, Wang MQ, Kleinman DV. Opinions of Maryland Adults Regarding Communication Practices of Dentists and Staff. J Health Comm 2012;17: 1204-1214.

Horowitz AM. Review Analysis & Evaluation: Rubber Cup Dental Prophylaxis is not needed prior to the topical application of fluorides and rubber cup dental prophylaxis at recall is not effective in the prevention of gingivitis. J Evid Base Dent Pract 2012;12:77-78.

Parker EJ, Misan G, Chong A, Mills H, Roberts-Thomson K, Horowitz AM, Jamieson LM. An oral health literacy intervention for Indigenous adults in a rural setting in Australia. BMC Public Health. 2012;12:461.

Maybury CA, Horowitz AM, Goodman HS. Outcomes of oral cancer early detection and prevention statewide model in Maryland. Am J Public Health Dent. 2012;72:S34-S38.

Horowitz AM, Kleinman DV. Oral health literacy: A pathway to reducing oral health disparities in Maryland. Am J Public Health Dent.2012;72:S26-S30.

Clovis JC, Horowitz AM, Kleinman DV, Wang MQ, Massey M.  Maryland Dental Hygienists Knowledge, Opinions, and Practices Regarding Dental Caries Prevention and Early Detection. J Dent Hygiene.  2012;86; (No. 4);292-305.

Horowitz AM, Kleinman DV. Creating a Health Literacy Based Practice. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2012;40:331-340.

Braun B, Horowitz AM, Kleinman DV, Gold RS, Radice SD, Maybury CA. Health Literacy:  At the Intersection of Schools and Public Health. J Calif Dent Assn. CDAJ 2012;40:323-330.

Maybury CA, Horowitz AM, Yan AF, Green KM, Wang MQ. Maryland dentists’ knowledge of Oral cancer prevention and early detection. JCalif Dent Assn 2012;40:341-350.

Buerlein JK, Horowitz AM, Child WL. Perspectives of Maryland women regarding oral health during pregnancy and early childhood. Am J Public Health Dent. 2011:71:131-135.

Rozier, GR, Horowitz, AM, Podschun G. Use of communication techniques by dentists in the United States: Results of a national survey. J Am Dent Assoc. 2011;142:518-530.